Pantone 2016 Color(s) of the Year: Rose Quartz & Serenity

Each year, Pantone announces the Color of the Year that becomes a major theme for designers across all industries. Last year’s Pantone Color of the Year was Marsala.

Uniquely enough, this year’s Color of the Year is actually the mix of two Pantone Colors: Rose Quartz & Serenity.

For your reference, the Pantone Color numbers are:

  • Rose Quartz: 13-1520
  • Serenity: 15-3919

If you would like more information on the Pantone color values for different color formats, visit this page on the Pantone site: Color of the Year 2016 Standards.

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Gold Foil Printing on Art Poster Prints

If you haven’t already heard the great news, CatPrint offers gold foil on your prints! So what are some ways that you can take advantage of gold foil printing on your prints?

CatPrint prints all type of prints, including anime, comic, and other art illustrations! You already know about our special pricing for 1-sided 11″ x 17″ and 12″ x 18″ poster prints:

For only $0.65 per poster print on:

  • Light Card Stock – Gloss
  • Light Card Stock – Matte

For only $0.75 per poster print on:

  • Heavy Card Stock – Gloss
  • Heavy Card Stock – Matte

For only $0.85 per poster print on:

  • Extra Heavy Card Stock – Gloss
  • Extra Heavy Card Stock – Matte

Now you can also include gold foil onto your art & illustration prints as well, which means that each 1-sided poster print would be:

  • $1.15 on Light Card Stock – Gloss or Matte
  • $1.25 on Heavy Card Stock – Gloss or Matte
  • $1.35 on Extra Heavy Card Stock – Gloss or Matte

You can use these as your premium editions of your most popular prints!

If you need the setup guide for gold foil prints, please take a look at our help page located here. Please be reminded that we currently only accept gold foil print orders by email only!

Describe That Paper!

We know that picking the best paper for your project can be hard when there are over 30 stocks to choose from, and not everyone always has time to wait for our free sample booklet. So, we have interviewed various CatPrint employees to review some of our most popular stocks and describe how they look, feel, and what they resemble to create this handy new chart!

Paper Chart

Click the image to view it in a bigger size!

Click the Chart to Zoom in.

But what about the cream stocks?! The cream stocks have significant variance in terms of the cream color between stocks, and the difference can be hard to explain in words, a sample booklet is highly recommended if you are interested in a cream paper option.

Gold Foil Printing is now offered by CatPrint!

If you have not heard yet, CatPrint now offers gold foil printing!

You can now print your wedding invitations, business cards, and other prints with gold foil!

How to Order Gold Foil Printing

CatPrint currently only accepts gold foil printing orders through email.

Email in your order to support@catprint.com with your job specifications which includes:

  • Job Size dimensions
  • # of Pages in job
  • Quantity
  • Imaging (Front/Back)
  • Full Bleed/No bleed
  • Finishing (optional)

You will then need to provide two files:

  1. Gold Foil: One file showing only the gold foil layer that will be on your design like the following image. Make sure that you include the word “foil” in your filename to prevent confusion!

    Gold Foil Layer

    Gold Foil Layer

  2. Non-Foil: You then need to provide a second file showing only the non-foil layer in your design:

    Toner Layer

    Toner Layer

What is the result?

Gold foil invitations

Ending result of gold foil invitations!

What is the cost of gold foil printing?

The cost is an extra $0.50 per side of a piece with an extended turnaround time of up to 10 business days.

We highly recommend a hard copy proof when ordering gold foil prints.

What papers can be used for gold foil printing?

Gold foil printing is only available for the following stocks:

  • Extra Heavy Cardstock Matte
  • Extra Heavy Cardstock Gloss
  • Heavy Cardstock Matte
  • Heavy Cardstock Gloss
  • Heavy Cardstock Shimmer
  • Heavy Cardstock Cream Shimmer
  • Heavy Cardstock Kraft
  • Heavy Cardstock 1 Sided Matte
  • Heavy Cardstock 1 Sided Gloss
  • Light Cardstock Matte
  • Light Cardstock Gloss

Calibrating your monitor with CatPrint

There is always going to be some color disparity between the image on your screen and the prints that you receive. But there is a way that you can reduce this color disparity. Calibrating your monitor may sound like a scary term, but it doesn’t have to be! You will grateful that you did it, and we are going to tell you how you can calibrate your monitor with CatPrint!

What does it mean to calibrate my monitor?

Calibrating your monitor with CatPrint means that you change the settings of your monitor screen so that the colors that you see on your monitor will be as close as possible to what the colors on your prints will look like. Most people don’t realize that the colors they see on their monitor screen may not end up looking like the colors on the prints.

How do I calibrate my monitor with CatPrint?

The first step you need to do is email support@catprint.com and request for a free calibration print to be mailed to you at no cost!

After you receive your free calibration print in the mail, you need to download the image file located here.

You will also need to download QuickGamma, which is a free program that you will be using in order to adjust the gamma on your monitor. You can download it for free at the QuickGamma website, located at http://www.quickgamma.de/indexen.html. Please be advised that CatPrint is not responsible for any content on external third party websites.

Now you need to make sure that the following are true for your monitor:

Make sure that the screen resolution is set to the highest resolution possible.

Your monitor needs to be set to at least 24bit color or higher.

If you just turned on your computer screen, make sure that your monitor has been on and warmed up for at least 15 minutes.

When starting the calibration process, make sure that there is no glare or direct light on the screen as this can cause even more color disparity than we actually want.

Open up the image file that you downloaded from the CatPrint website and hold the calibration print next to your screen. Open up QuickGamma and adjust the monitor gamma until the file on the screen closely resembles the calibration print. Save the changes that you made on QuickGamma and exit!

Congratulations! You have now calibrated your monitor with CatPrint!

After your monitor is calibrated, the colors in your design files should appear more true to how the files will print on CatPrint’s machinery. CatPrint recommends that you do the monitor calibration at least once a month.

Ordering Stickers and Labels with CatPrint

We find that customers are surprised when they learn that CatPrint prints die cut stickers and labels! So here are some questions you might have if it is going to be your first time ordering stickers/labels.

What is the difference between stickers and labels?

There is no difference! We use these terms interchangeably because people print adhesive items for different reasons.

What is a die cut sticker?

This means that you provide the shape(die line) of the sticker! You can print stickers in just about any shape or size, as long as you provide the die line!

What files does CatPrint need in order to print custom die cut stickers & labels?

CatPrint needs three different files from you. Make sure that each of the three files is in PDF format!

File 1: This should be a PDF file with both your design and the die line. See Figure 1, File 1 for an example of a file with the art and die line together!

File 2: This should be a PDF file with your design only. See Figure 1, File 2 for an example.

Multi-File Design: If you are providing multiple pages because each sticker/label is different then only this second file needs to have multiple designs. See Figure 2 for an illustrative example!

Sticker Files
FIGURE 1 – File 1: Art & Die Line combined | File 2: Artwork Only | File 3: Die Line Only

Multi File sticker
FIGURE 2 – Multi File Sticker

File 3: This should be a PDF file with the die line only. See Figure 1, File 3!

1 8 inch bleed
Figure 3 – 1/8″ Bleed

IMPORTANT: Make sure that your artwork extends 1/8″ beyond the die line! See Figure 3!

How much does it cost to order stickers and labels?

The cost depends on the maximum height and width of your die line. So the larger your sticker, the more it will cost!

What uses are there for stickers and labels?

There are many different uses for stickers and labels. Here just a few tips on what you can use stickers for!

Advertising: You can use stickers for branding, marketing, and promotions! Whether you are a school or business, people love to place stickers all over the place. Stickers generate curiosity and can drive interest towards your brand!

Gift Labels: Save time during gift-giving events by already having pre-printed customized gift labels! This is especially useful for gift giving holidays like Christmas.

Parties: You can use stickers as part of your custom party favors! Stick them onto jars, bottles, water bottles, and other party favors that you plan to give out to keep your party theme going!

Return Address labels: You can print your own return address labels so you would never have to write your return address ever again!

Variable data printing makes your life easier

What is variable data printing?

You may have heard the term get tossed around pretty often, but found it a little complicated to comprehend. Variable data printing is when you have the same design for multiple prints but wish to have an element within the design that is different. A great example of this is business cards and printed envelopes!

For example, if you want to print envelopes to send out your wedding invitations and you want everything the same except for the recipient information, then variable data printing on printed envelopes may be right for you! Learn more about envelope printing and the cost of printed envelopes!

Another use that is especially useful with variable data printing are business cards! If you have the same design for the business cards but the information for each of your employees is different, then you may be interested in variable data printing for employee’s business cards.

How can variable data printing help me?

Variable data printing will save you time! 

In the case of variable data printing envelopes, it will take away all of the pains involved in repetitive handwriting of addresses.

Can CatPrint setup my variable data job for me?

Yes! CatPrint can set up your variable data job for a $25 fee.

What does CatPrint need from me to help me setup my variable data files?

CatPrint needs a properly setup spreadsheet, which you can see below, and the font’s name, color, and size that you wish to use for the design. Email all of this in to support@catprint.com.

Variable Data Setup

Variable Data Setup Example

As always, if you have any questions, you can contact Customer Service at 877-228-7768 or support@catprint.com and we will be happy to help you!

 

Proofs Process: Online Proofs and Hard Copy Proofs

CatPrint offers online proofs and hard copy proofs. For customers who are not familiar with these terms, we want to explain this to you and how the process for proofs works at CatPrint.

Online Proofs

What are online proofs and how does it benefit me?

Online proofs are our way to let you check your print job before it goes to print! This way, you can check for grammatical, punctuation, or spelling errors and get that fixed as soon as possible. The online proof that we send you will also show you where your print job will be trimmed and folded, so you will have an idea of what the end product will look like, conveniently on your screen!

How do I get an online proof?

To receive an online proof, on the checkout page, make sure to check off online proof from the drop down button of the Proofing Option under Delivery Details.

Why would I not want an online proof?

An online proof would not be suggested if you are concerned with color matching. There is always a variation from the image file on the monitor to the actual print. We recommend that you always calibrate your monitor with CatPrint so that the image on your monitor will be as close as possible to your actual print.

An online proof may not also be ideal as the proof does not show any potential layering issues with your image file.

How do I calibrate my monitor with CatPrint?

To calibrate your monitor with CatPrint, email support@catprint.com and request for a calibration print to be mailed to you. Calibration prints are complimentary, so you do not have to pay for anything! For further instructions, see our guide on how to calibrate your monitor.

When will I receive my online proof?

You will receive your online proof within one business day or less!

Hard Copy Proofs

What are hard copy proofs and how does it benefit me?

Hard copy proofs are recommended for when you want to see how your prints will look like before receiving your full order. This will benefit you in the long run because your prints will not have printed yet, and you will not have had to pay for an order that had a bunch of spelling mistakes on it. No one wants to receive a full order of wedding invitations only to find out that their name was spelled wrong, or that their birthday party invitations had the wrong address!

How do I request for a hard copy proof?

You can request a hard copy proof by selecting hard copy proof when choosing your Proofing Option under Delivery Details on the Checkout Page.

How much does a Hard Copy Proof cost?

The first hard copy proof that we provide you is complimentary! You can receive a complimentary hard copy proof with any order. Any additional proofs after the first complimentary proofs are $10. If you require an expedited proof, we offer an overnight delivery of hard copy proofs for $40.

When will I receive my Hard Copy Proof?

Your Hard Copy Proof will arrive to you between 3 to 5 business days.

General Proof Questions

How does the process for proofs work?

In order to request for a proof, you must put in your full order details. Selecting hold for payment will not make your order go active on our system! You should put your full payment information when you are requesting a hard copy proof. The plus side is, if you order the proof and you no longer want to go through with the order, you have the option to cancel the order and receive a full refund!

Make sure to approve your proofs for your order to go through by contacting Customer Service!

Where are my proofs and when will they arrive?

If you requested an online proof, you can expect an online proof to arrive within one business day, sometimes in an even less amount of time!

If you requested a hard copy proof with your order, your hard copy proof will arrive to you between 3 to 5 business days.

What do I want to check for when I request a proof?

When you request for a proof, it is important that you check a lot of things, including but not limited to:

  • Check that all of your text is displaying correctly! If your text is not displaying correctly, make sure to:
    • Check the settings on your PDF creation software and make sure that you are embedding the fonts and flattening the layers. Often time, when we see that an online proof does not display correctly or the hard copy proof seems to be missing text, it is usually a layers/flattening issue.
  • Make sure that your spelling, phone numbers, web links, email addresses, location addresses are all correct! Don’t send your guests to the wrong house, and don’t give out a stranger’s phone number!
  • Make sure that you have the correct margins for your prints. For full bleed file setup, please see the full bleed printing information for more details.
  • Check to make sure that the flip style is correct! You don’t want your invitations to be flipping upside down, unless that was your intention!
  • Make sure that you have uploaded all of the pages in your file! You do not want to be missing a page from your booklet. Where did page 30-31 go?

CatPrint Walkthrough: Part 6 – Sticker and Label Processing

If you have yet to be following the CatPrint Walkthrough series, now is your chance to learn about the CatPrint Walkthrough Process!

In the previous Walkthrough portions, we talked about:

  1. How Customer Service works in conducting the first quality check in Customer Service Pre-Press
  2. How Production makes the second quality check and works with Customer Service to make sure that customer comments are noted
  3. How CatPrint makes daily Printing and Color Maintenance to ensure high quality prints
  4. How the Finishing Process works after your prints are printed
  5. How the process changes when you request for envelopes with your order

Now we can move on to the next part of the series where we will talk about how we do one of our very special finishing options: die-cut stickers and label printing!

One of the additional services that CatPrint provides is die-cut sticker printing. The sticker ordering and printing process is slightly different than our normal job process. A sticker/label order must have both an artwork file and a vector cutline that guides our die-cutter.

After the sticker order is placed, we pre-press the order, double check that the cutline and art file are both the same size, and then we test the cutline to make sure it works. After pre-pressing, we download the files to the sticker computer, impose both the art file and die file, and then send the artwork file to our Xerox iGen4 printer for printing!

After the sticker/label job is printed, the uncut sticker sheets are loaded into our die-cutter where the crop marks are read by the computer and then automatically aligned for cutting. From there, the stickers are individually die-cut, reviewed by a production specialist to ensure the stickers were cut evenly, and then placed onto the daily shipping cart to go out and be delivered to you!

Envelopes, Envelopes Printing, and Variable Data Printing on Envelopes!

If you did not already know, CatPrint offers envelopes and custom envelope printing!

As an online digital printer, CatPrint not only offers typical digital prints, but we also offer the ability for you to order custom printed envelopes, as well as variable data printed envelopes!

What sizes of envelopes does CatPrint offer?

CatPrint offers the following standard envelope sizes:

  • A1 Envelopes (3.63″ x 5.13″)
  • A2 Envelopes (4.375″ x 5.75″)
  • A6 Envelopes (4.75″ x 6.5″)
  • A7 Envelopes (5.25″ x7.25 “)
  • A8 Envelopes (5.5″ x 8.13″)
  • #10 Envelopes (4.13″ x 9.5″)
  • Square Envelopes
    • 5″ x 5″
    • 5.5″ x 5.5″
    • 6″ x 6″

What colors are available?

CatPrint has limited colors available, depending on the size!

For A1 Envelopes, we have the following colors available for you to choose from:

  • White
  • Cream
  • Shimmer
  • Cream Shimmer
  • Kraft

For A2 Envelopes, we have the following colors available:

  • White
  • Cream
  • Shimmer
  • Cream Shimmer
  • Kraft

For A6 Envelopes, we have the following two colors available:

  • White
  • Pale Green

For A7 Envelopes, we have the following colors available:

  • White
  • Cream
  • Shimmer
  • Cream Shimmer
  • Kraft
  • Holiday Red
  • Holiday Green
  • Olive Green
  • Pale Green

For A8 Envelopes, we currently only offer:

  • White

For #10 Envelopes, we have the following colors available:

  • White
  • Shimmer

For Square Envelopes, we have the following colors available:

  • White 5″
  • White 5.5″
  • White 6″

Which envelope size and/or color should I choose?

If you require some assistance in choosing which size would be best for your order, or what color may fit best for your order, make sure to contact Customer Service by email support@catprint.com or phone at 877-228-7768!

*CatPrint recommends ordering envelopes that are larger by at least .25” in height and width for an appropriate fit for your prints.

What is a square back flap?

More traditional envelopes come with triangle flap. See the following example for the square back flap!

Kraft Envelope Sample for Wedding Suite by CatPrint

Square back flap

How many envelopes can I order?

As always with CatPrint, there is no minimum order quantity that is required in order for you to make an order! Order 27 envelopes or 1000; that is completely up to you!

Do I have to order envelopes with prints?

Of course not! You can choose to order plain(unprinted on) or printed envelopes without matching prints.  When choosing your “Job Type” on the order builder page you will find “Envelope Only” and “Printed Envelopes” options at the bottom of the list.

How much does it cost to print on envelopes?

To find out more details about our envelope pricing, you can go to our envelope pricing page on CatPrint’s website!

Why would I want printed envelopes?

  • Professionalism: Printed envelopes are of your interest if you own a business or are in charge of printing for a business. You want the business to stand out and seem more professional when sending out letters to customers and clients! Printing on envelopes is much more professional and sleek than stamping your return address on the envelope, or sometimes, even handwriting on them! This is especially important when you are sending out invitations for formal events, such as inviting employees or clients to a formal dinner.
  • Time saving: If you are a graphic designer in the wedding industry or you are getting married in the future, you may be sending out wedding invitations and don’t want to have to write on every single envelope. It is already time consuming enough to figure out what are the best options for your wedding; why not save more time by not having to write your return address on each envelope, or the addresses of the people that you are inviting? Find out more about variable data printing!
  • Uniqueness: Even if you are not one of the above people, printed envelopes are a nice added touch to differentiating yourself. Set yourself apart by having stationery that is completely unique & yours!