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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.…

What’s the difference between screen printing and digital printing?

Posted On February 19, 2020 By

Screen printing and digital printing are both popular print methods and which one works for you depends on your artwork, what material you want to print on and the quantity you need.

What is screen printing?

The process of screen printing involves using a stencil (what printers call the ‘screen’) and applying layers of ink to the printing surface one colour at a time. This means a new screen is needed for each new colour. Screen printing is very versatile as it can be used to print on virtually any surface including fabric, plastic, metal and card with a high level of vibrancy.

What is digital printing?

Digital printing is a newer process, once considered the poor relation of litho, digital print uses computers to process your artwork and print directly onto the surface. This print method can provide a lot more detail but the colours might not be an exact match to the original image when printed.

What is screen printing used for?

As a versatile print technique, screen printing can be used to print on just about anything, regardless of shape, size or thickness. It’s often used to produce high quality point of sale, signage and display graphics.

  • Cost-effective for large quantities
  • Versatile design options

What is digital printing used for?

 Digital print is perfect for high quality short print runs for everything from direct mail to leaflets, vouchers, brochures and posters.

  • Cost-effective for smaller quantities
  • Flexibility for changes and personalisation

At AB Print Group, we can handle everything for you. Not only do we have a full range of printing equipment, but we also offer complete finishing services including embossing, foil blocking, spot 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. …

Designing water bottles for Zero Dry Time

Posted On January 29, 2020 By

Nowadays there are so many ways to market your business, but it can be difficult to get your message across amongst all the noise. Sometimes, it can be really helpful to actually get your brand into the hands of your customers, and personalised marketing materials allow you to do so with ease.

A great example of this is a recent project the AB Print team completed for the Harrogate branch of Zero Dry Time, the UK’s premier dry carpet, upholstery and hard floor cleaners. Their local specialist, Phil Harrison, was looking for the perfect corporate gift to play a part in a recent merchandise campaign and contacted us to see if we could help. Naturally, we were happy to and soon settled on a range of bespoke water bottles for a great blend of functionality and visual appeal.

The bottles are clad in an eye-catching white and green colour scheme, complete with the Zero Dry Time logo in vivid blue. The pop-up cap, secure screw lid and sturdy body make these handy bottles perfect for any situation and ensure that Phil’s clients will be able to stay hydrated with (you guessed it) zero dry time!

Phil was delighted with the end product and gave us some fantastic feedback:

“I can highly recommend Jon Handley of AB Print Group Ltd.

Jon recently organised me some Zero Dry Time water bottles for a marketing campaign I have done with Lettings Agents and to help a local football team.

Jon did everything to make the purchase hassle free. Once he had the logo and style I wanted he just simply made it happen… It was a totally hassle-free process. The product is excellent value for money and the bottles have certainly been kept on the Lettings Agents desks as I have already had calls from agents saying they use the bottles to re-hydrate after their Christmas parties!!

I would, and have recommended Jon to friends, family and associates as he is excellent at getting the job done with no hassle and the product quality is excellent too. He has saved me a lot of time and I now have a great leave behind for customers.”

Whether you’re looking for inspiration for an upcoming campaign or already have something specific in mind, AB Print are here to help. Our impressive range of litho, digital, screen and specialist printing equipment allows us to offer a wide variety of quality printing services to suit any campaign or occasion. What’s more, we do all our work under one roof, guaranteeing you a great price and a quick turnaround. To find out more, call us today on 01924 473481 or email us at enquiries@abprintgroup.com. …

Investing in the latest printing technology

Posted On January 27, 2020 By

One of the things that we pride ourselves upon at AB Print is our unrivalled versatility. Thanks to the technical expertise of our team and our fully equipped West Yorkshire workshop, we’re able to offer an incredible range of printing services all from under one roof. Whether you’re after a set of bespoke commercial stationery or a full modular exhibition system, we can do it all.

A big part of this is making sure that we follow all the latest developments in printing technology and also that we keep our plant outfitted with cutting-edge equipment. To this end, we’ve recently made a few exciting new additions to our collection, one of which is a state-of-the-art binding machine.

The Horizon BQ-470 Perfect Binder is a fully automated 4 clamp binder that’s perfect for the needs of our team and our clients. Thanks to its easy-to-use colour touch screen and ergonomic design, it’s simple and safe to operate at all stages of the binding process. With our new binder, we can produce books up to 65mm in thickness using paper in weights ranging from 90gsm to 350gsm – what’s more, at its maximum cycle speed the BQ-470 can bind a remarkable 1,350 books per hour. All in all, our shiny new binder will allow us to produce professionally finished books quicker and more efficiently than ever before.

If you’d like to take advantage of our top-class equipment and the knowledge of our expert team, please feel free to get in touch today by calling 01924 473481 or emailing us at enquiries@abprintgroup.com. …

Producing signage for First Choice Recruitment

Posted On January 24, 2020 By

Appearances count for a lot where offices are concerned – a smart-looking building can be a great help in attracting new customers and creating a professional environment for staff. This is demonstrated perfectly by one of our latest projects, which saw us producing and installing a range of interior and exterior signage for First Choice Recruitment at their Silver Street office in Wakefield.

The office is located in a busy area of Wakefield, so it was important to produce signage that would catch the eye without appearing too garish. We began by measuring up for the building’s internal and external signage, before getting to work on designing and laying out the signage in accordance with the specifications given to us by the client.

Once the designs had been finalised, we produced and installed a series of exterior signs using Alupanel, a dual-sided aluminium composite panel ideal for printing and outdoor usage, and did likewise with the interior vinyl signage. As an added touch, we also produced a number of window vinyls displaying the company name and logo. Overall, the designs produced blend in very well with the building’s exterior and give the office a smart, understated look. Take a look below and see if you agree!

With offices in Wakefield, Leeds and Halifax, First Choice Recruitment are one of Yorkshire’s leading independent recruitment agencies. We’re always proud to work alongside a fellow local business and are happy that the signage we produced is a great reflection of First Choice’s commitment to high standards as well as our own.

AB Print offer a range of litho printing, digital printing, screen printing and print finishing services all from under one roof. To find out more, get in touch by calling 01924 473481 or sending an email to enquiries@abprintgroup.com. …

Merry Christmas from the Team!

Posted On December 23, 2019 By

We can’t believe how quickly the year has flown by! 2019 has been a fantastic year for AB Print so we thought we would share a few of our highlights…

To kickstart 2019, we were delighted to receive a nomination at the Yorkshire Choice Awards, which celebrates local people and independent businesses. This was a great event which we look forward to again this year!

As well as receiving this recognition, we welcomed Neil to our team and attended many exhibitions to promote our printing services across Yorkshire, including the Doncaster Business Showcase.

We had the opportunity to work with many great clients, including Price’s Patent Candles to produce an exhibition stand for the Spring Fair at the NEC Arena as well as longstanding customers, Steeper and Bill Plant Driving School.

Alongside this, we worked with new clients, such as Trackrod Motor Club and The JSRA, we continued to invest in new machinery to enhance our services, and rolled out the new web2print system.

merry christmas

Although we will be closed for the Christmas break from 12pm on 24th December until 2nd January, we can’t wait to see what 2020 has in store for us!

We would like to thank all our clients for choosing to work with us, as well as wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!…