Printing

So we printed our invites the other day. It was a bit of an ordeal.  First the paper guy wouldn't return our calls, then  the paper we wanted wouldn't be available for a week so we had to do a last minute change to the stock.

Getting it on press wasn't too bad once we had the paper. I showed up a 4:30 when the job was just going on press. We printed the first side with out much problem, a little bit of adjustment  to the ink density, but thats it. It took 30 minutes to print that side. A quick plate change to do the backs and we started running "make-readys." basically running paper through the press to make sure the ink is running evenly and its lining up to the previously printed side. That side took two hours. TWO HOURS! Four times as long as the other side. The ink was just too dense, it looked like the wrong colour. so 3 hours to run 100 sheets. For those of you not in the print industry, thats insane. The half hour side one is what side two should have taken. On top of that the press room was about 45°. So I was sweating and drinking and sweating and drinking. Anyway the press-man was awesome. Printing is a science, not an art so its a lot of nudge and see. Thank  You Trade Secrets

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