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We’ve just taken delivery of our new Xerox Versant Digital Printing Press. The latest addition to the Ballyprint.com family helps us deliver an even faster turnaround, premium quality printing and affordable prices that our customers demand.

We chose the 80ppm Xerox Versant after evaluating a raft of options.

The latest addition to the Ballyprint.com family increases our printing capacity by nearly another 100,000 pages per month. Helping us deliver an even faster turnaround for our customers.

fontasticThis article explains the importance of embedding or flattening your fonts. It also helps to explain the problems that can arise when this is not done and gives advice on how to get around this.

What can happen if fonts aren’t present?

Chances are, when creating your document, you have used the fonts you have on your computer. But if this document then gets opened on a computer that doesn’t have these fonts, they will be substituted. At best this can lead to the fonts being made bold, or larger or having the layout changed. However the worst case can lead to the font being substituted to symbols. These issues are more likely to occur when the fonts used aren’t a common font.

How to Avoid Problems with Fonts
One of the better ways to remove this issue is to either flatten or embed your fonts. This will then make them part of the document. You can also convert the fonts to curves.

Saving as an image?
If you save your file as either a jpeg or a tiff file, also referred to as a raster file, then your fonts will become part of your image. You will find that your document is harder to edit later on but it does mean that you can use your custom fonts without issue. This is the same if you convert your artwork to curves.

Embedding?
This is commonly for pdf files and will depend on the licensing laws for the fonts you require. Most design packages will give you the option to embed your fonts. By selecting yes your fonts will be packaged into the document and will then display correctly on other computers.

Converting to Curves?
This means switching the fonts from letters to shapes. As mentioned before it does make your document a lot harder to edit but it will protect your fonts and keep them as intended.

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Introducing our new FRONT Perfect Binder for perfect bound documents with a professional finish, trust us to deliver outstanding quality at the lowest prices. Finish off your business brochures, promotional booklets or dissertation with printing and binding that are second to none.

“We found that run lengths were getting smaller and that it would be more cost-effective to invest in a perfect binder than to continue outsourcing binding work. The investment has enabled the us to take on a wider variety of jobs” said Ballyprint’s director Aaron Klewchuk

The Front Perfect Binder binds in one process and runs at 400bph. It has a heavy-duty design for production durability and two application glue rollers for efficient application. It also features a 7in touchscreen menu with self-test and diagnostic capabilities.

 

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Now we can make your envelopes more personalised than ever before, helping you to talk directly to your customers the moment they have the envelope in their hand. With extremely fast turnaround available and volumes as low as a single copy, it really is time to change the way you buy envelopes.

Digital envelope printing is new to the Industry and unique to Ballyprint.com. We have invested in this innovative technology to provide you with more flexibility and creative choices. Now you can create personalised envelopes that stand out, generate increased open rates and ultimately help to deliver an improved ROI.

Variable data printing uses a generic artwork template, with text and images sections linked to a database. So each envelope we print can be totally personalised to the individuals on your marketing database.

Perfect for sophisticated Direct Mail campaigns, but also great for producing multi-version envelopes, because we can vary images and copy, you could produce 100’s of versions of an envelope without the expense of plate changes.

 

Please bear with us but we are having another ‘geek’ moment.

We’ve just taken delivery of our new Konica Minolta C1070 Digital Printing Press. The latest addition to the Ballyprint.com family helps us deliver an even faster turnaround, premium quality printing and affordable prices that our customers demand.

We chose the 71ppm bizhub C1070 after evaluating a raft of options.

The C1070 is one of the new range of biz hub presses launched at IPEX. The models feature new imaging and toner technology. We are one of the first companies in Ireland to install a KM C1070. The latest addition to the Ballyprint.com family increases our printing capacity by nearly another 100,000 pages per month. Helping us deliver an even faster turnaround for our customers.

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“We like its simplicity and ease-of-use, the colour matching technology is very impressive and the tints are smooth and precise,” said Ballyprint’s director Chris Atchison, who also praised the bizhub’s EFI Fiery frontend.

The 9-employee firm Ballyprint.com, are one of the Northern Ireland’s fastest growing commercial printers and provides a range of digital printing services, and also runs large-format kit from Roland and Epson.

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Getting Letterheads Right

Your letterhead says more about your business than you know. It’s your masthead, the official image of your company, its an insight into your company. Get it wrong and you look unprofessional or worse, like a rogue trader.

Here are some tips to make sure your letterhead says what you want it to and what it needs to.

Legal requirements
Most people use their lettterheads to further advertise their business or organisation, but don’t forget there are some things you have to include on your letterhead to meet legal requirements.

These depend on your company structure.

Sole traders:
– You must include the full company trading name and address.
– You must also include your name if it is different from your company’s trading name.

Partnerships:
– Include the full company trading name.
– You must include the names of all partners, or a place where this list is available if there are many.
– The address of the main office for correspondence.

Limited Companies:
– Include the full company name
– You must include the company registration number and place of registration.
– You must also include the registered address, and the business premises address if these are different.
– You don’t have to list the Directors, but you must include either the names of all directors or none, not a partial list.

VAT Registered companies, regardless of structure:
– You must list your Vat registration Number.
– You must also include your VAT Registered office address.

Ballyprint would like to request that from now until the 10th October you keep your fingers, toes, legs and arms crossed. We’re really excited to announce that we’ve been shortlisted for not one, but two Ballymena Borough Business Excellence Awards 2013!  We are in the running for ‘Best Small Business’ and ‘Best Business Website’.

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We’re constantly working flat-out on improving our service to our customers, and we’re really proud to have had our efforts recognised.  Ballymena Borough are holding a Gala Awards Night in the Tullyglass House Hotel on Thursday 10th October which look set to be a great night – and hopefully we’ll not be walking away empty handed.

Spot UV refers to a high shiny finish added to an area of printed material, this can be noticed by a very reflective high shine it has when it catches the light. Widely used on business cards and small high quality leaflets, and company brochures.

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How Does it work?, How is it Done?

Spot UV can make areas of your design really stand out. You need to have planned for this with your print supplier in the early stages of the design process. Although this is not done at the design stage, it is a print process applied right at the end after the printing, but before a job is folded or guillotined.

As soon as the ink is applied to the material, then the Spot UV is added on top. Almost like another skin of ink, gloss spot UV looks like a layer of cellotape. This process is either done on the end of the printing line, within the same process of the job being printed or is done after on a separate machine, this all depends if your print supplier has this facility added to the end of their printing presses. Its used to be common for a full colour printer outsource this technique, but as it more often these days, most printing companies add Spot UV in house.
Spot UV is normally added to a job along with a matt laminate, this is to further enhance the shininess of the Spot UV. Having a matt material which obviously dulls the light helps to bring out the vibrant reflectiveness of the varnish. The ‘Spot’ printing technique is almost as if it’s another ink or separate colour. If you are printing a full colour document, then the spot process is an additional coat on the top of the rest of the CMYK colours used to produce the colour work.

Digital print is an alternative to traditional printing. Digital printing removes the need for costly plates and is therefore a quicker and more cost effective way to print. Digital printing is perfectly suited to runs of 1-2000.

The Latest Xerox Presses (the digital printing presses we use at Ballyprint.com, amongst others) are among the best presses on the market and provide true offset quality. The inks used provide vibrant colours and even finishes, giving premium end results every time. The inks are layered using up to 2400dpi meaning there is no loss of clarity, even when using solid blacks and text. Read more…

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Situated in the heart of Ballymena Town Centre, Fairhill Shopping Centre offers the ultimate in shopping experiences for everyone.  The distinctive mix-match of over 50 high street stores attracts visitors from all over to one of the best shopping towns in Northern Ireland.

Construction work is always an eye sore an in an aim to maintain its look and appeal, Fairhill Shopping Centre employed Ballyprint to help with this. Due to the Christmas rush Ballyprint were set a tight deadline. We had 3 days to print, mount and fit a 64ft hoarding board on site in the busy town centre. This hoarding board was made with 6mm corrugated plastic in 8ft x 4ft panels which were printed, mounted and then ready for fitting. The panels then all needed to be fitted early in the morning so as to avoid shoppers and at the height of winter in the freezing cold!

It was a rush and potentially quite risky considering the size of the project and where it was, but it was a total success and a real achievement with very happy faces all round!

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