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Helping customers through challenging times

Posted On March 31, 2020 By

Following the latest guidance set out by the government requiring people to stay at home as much as possible and avoid unnecessary travel, police will now have the right to stop motorists and check that vehicles on the road are making essential journeys.

Following this news, some businesses were in need of a quick solution to prove their staff were carrying out essential work. AB Print was able to support Wilkes Group with NHS printed vehicle stickers for the company vans, offering a quick turnaround to minimise disruption and make sure Wilkes Group could continue their essential work.

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We want to do all we can to support our customers during this difficult time. As such, we are still open and operating with a skeleton staff to help customers with essential print requirements.

This is a challenging time for everyone and it’s bound to be stressful and emotional but we will do our best to take the burden off you and continue to deliver any print projects you require. Give us a call on 01924 473481 and we’ll do everything we can to help. …

PVC Bunting Printing

Posted On March 27, 2020 By

We’re always looking for new ways to improve our in-house printing services, and our latest offering is the addition of PVC printed bunting.

Promotional bunting is ideal for use at all kinds of indoor and outdoor events including store promotions, parties, fetes and school events.

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We recently printed PVC bunting for the Wakefield Baby Week event held at the Ridings shopping centre and helped to make the event stand out with bunting used to cordon off a section of the shopping centre and highlight the area for busy shoppers.

Custom printed bunting from AB Print is printed on PVC material, ensuring the bunting is waterproof for external use and can be printed to any size with varied spacing and either single sided or double sided full colour print.

At AB Print, we offer our range of services all under one roof, meaning we can handle your print project from start to finished with the quality you expect every time. Get in touch with us on 01924 473481 to find out more…

Banner printing for Yorkshire Cancer Research

Posted On March 17, 2020 By

Local charity Yorkshire Cancer Research has recently been announced as the official charity for the upcoming 2020 Tour de Yorkshire. Naturally such a big announcement is worth shouting about- and the team at Yorkshire Cancer Research were able to do just that with the help of AB Print.

We stepped in to help them with their printing needs, supplying a full colour printed PVC banner to showcase their campaign to ‘shift gears on cancer.’

As the official charity of the four-day cycling event, Yorkshire Cancer Research is offering people with a personal experience of cancer a unique opportunity to cycle the final kilometre of the route at the four finish location for each day of Tour de Yorkshire at Redcar, Leyburn, Huddersfield and Leeds.

Part of the regional charity’s campaign will also include fundraising and volunteering opportunities to help raise funds and awareness of their work to save lives through cancer prevention, early diagnosis and bringing pioneering treatments to the Yorkshire region.

The team at AB Print were delighted to help promote such a worthy cause with our vibrant PVC banner printing highlighting the campaign in clear branded colours along with the Yorkshire Cancer Research and Tour de Yorkshire logos on a 1829 x 610mm sized banner design.

AB Print received great feedback from this project and have to admit the banner looked amazing in the official campaign photography.

Yorkshire Cancer Research was founded in 1925 and is the largest independent regional cancer charity in England.

To get involved with the Shift Gears on Cancer campaign, visit www.ycr.org.uk/shiftgears.  …

What is foil blocking?

Posted On March 9, 2020 By

Foil blocking is a popular and effective print finishing technique used to add a distinctive touch to marketing materials including brochures, business cards and stationery.

The foil blocking process involves applying metallic foil or pigment to paper while a heated metal piece stamps the design onto the print surface. Foil is typically gold or silver in colour and a high gloss finish, but we can apply foil in various colours and finishes including silk, matt, pearlescent and patterned.

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The history of foil blocking

Foil blocking or foil stamping is thought to have roots in ancient Egypt. The early methods used tools to beat gold into paper for decorative purposes.

The process evolved from beating gold to fixing gold to paper and creating entire rolls of paper gold that could then be transferred to stamped designs with heat. The expense of using gold meant different metallic foils were explored, expanding the foil blocking process further.

Foil blocking today

The metallic finish foil blocking creates gives a prestigious finished result and has become a popular printing method with its many applications.

Foiling is a great way to add something extra to your branding, highlighting logos or graphics and allowing light colours to be applied to dark backgrounds. 

It can also be used for printing tickets, vouchers and certificates that require authentication to prevent counterfeiting.

At AB Print, we offer our range of services all under one roof, meaning we can handle your print project from start to finished with the quality you expect every time. Get in touch with us on 01924 473481 to find out more. …

How to prepare artwork for print

Posted On March 2, 2020 By

Even with professionally designed artwork, getting it ready for print can be a hassle if you’re not sure what you need to do. Read our guide to find out how to prepare artwork for print, so that your print project is delivered on time, on budget and to the high quality you expect.

Planning image quality for printing

Low resolution images can lead to low quality prints. The image resolution is how much data it contains, determined by dpi (dots per inch). For print projects, you’ll want your final design to be 300 dpi. Computer images are typically a lower resolution because this is what looks good on your screen so you need to ensure that you start out with high quality images in your design. Remember that if you save an image at 300dpi and later enlarge it in your artwork, its effective resolution will be reduced so you need to make sure the images used are at 100% size or smaller in the finished design.

Preparing image colour for printing

By default, most computer images will be saved as RGB to produce the colours you see on your screen. For print projects, you’ll need to check that your images are CMYK. That’s cyan, magenta, yellow and black- the 4-colour process used in printing. If you’re using a program like Adobe InDesign, this colour space will be determined by whether you set the intent to web or print, but you can also selecting Package from the File menu to flag any RGB images if you’re using a lot of images.

How to supply artwork for print

Ideally, you should send us a print-ready PDF.

  • Supply your artwork as individual pages in a single PDF- no need to add pagination
  • 3mm bleed on all edges
  • Crop and registration marks

AB Print Group can handle everything for you. Not only do we have a full range of printing equipment, but we also offer complete finishing services including embossingfoil blockingspot UV varnish and glow in the dark printing. Let us take care of your print requirements and deliver the quality you expect every time. Get in touch on 01924 47348 to find out more.…