Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Sizes – Are there standard sizes?
  2. Artwork – What will I need to supply?
  3. Longevity – Do the colors last and can the prints be weatherproof?
  4. How Long – When can they be ready?
  5. Colors – What about spot colors, and specials like gold and silver?
  6. Value – Is it better to order large quantities?
  7. Internet – Can I send you files over the internet?
  8. Approvals – How do I approve final artwork before they are printed?
  9. Materials – What can be digitally printed?
  10. My designer – Can Look Print work directly with them to make it easier for me?

 

 

1. Sizes – Are there standard sizes?
Yes there are, but an advantage of digital printing is that it can be made to any size you need. Printing and laminating comes in two standard widths, 1300 mm (52′ approx) and 1500 mm (59′ approx), all by continuous length. We print up to 3200mm (126′ approx) wide, continuous length. If your prints are also to be mounted, you need to consider the sheet size available for the particular material you require. Most solid materials are available in sheet sizes of 1200 mm x 2400 mm (4′ x 8′ i.e. 48′ x 96′) and anything smaller than that can be supplied as a single piece. If you require something larger than that the panels can be supplied to butt join, or even pre-joined for you – just ensure that the pickup truck is big enough!

 
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2. Artwork – What will I need to supply?
Really, almost anything. You can supply us with a computer file that is absolutely perfect and ready to print, right through to a concept that we need to create for you. Perhaps you have your own designer or want something like you’ve seen in a magazine. You may have a photograph, a drawing or an existing large poster. With various high-end equipment, we specialise in scanning anything from the size of a 35mm transparency all the way up to a poster that has already been mounted up to a maximum of 1200mm wide (by any length) and up to 12mm thick! So, we’re here to get the job done, to do whatever it takes.

 
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3. Longevity – Do the colors last and can the prints be weatherproof?
One of the many wonders of digital prints is that they can be short term, or last for 100 years +, indoors or outdoors. They’re made to meet your requirements, and your budget. Just decide what you want, where you are going to use them and how long you need them to last.

 
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4. How Long – When can they be ready?
OK. This is the eternal question. We have a print capacity of nearly 200 square meters per hour, in full colour, and can laminate even faster, in a production run situation. And we have 18 printing machines, just to make sure that you’ll never be left high, dry and empty handed. So, when push comes to shove we can pour out the work – as long as it has been approved for printing. Now obviously we have a lot of work in progress, so when we get your approval it immediately goes into the print queue, and is normally completed within 16 business hours (unless it’s a huge job of course). The sooner you confirm that everything is just the way you want it, the sooner it gets out.

 
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5. Colors – What about colour matching, spot colors, and specials like gold and silver?
Digital Printing is good, very good, and getting better every month. However there are some special colors that it is technically and physically impossible to duplicate, including Metallics, Fluorescents, and some PMS spot colors. Where solid colors are absolutely colour critical just let us know and we’ll ensure that you receive a proof of the best match possible, prior to proceeding with your work. We’ve never failed to supply an acceptable variation yet, but I guess there’s always a first time.

 
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6. Value – Is it better to order large quantities?
You just order what you need, and pay for what you get. Gone are the days when you have to over-order, and over-pay. One of many real advantages with digital imaging and printing is that it allows you to print smaller runs, personalise your promotion and get better results for the money invested

 
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7. Internet – Can I send you files over the internet?
Absolutely. Quickly, inexpensively, accurately. That’s what the digital age is all about! You bare welcome to use our File Transfer service. Depending upon your system and the service you have with your Internet Service Provider (ISP), you may find it better to forward larger files on a CD via a standard secured courier service. Call and ask us about some of the options you may have. Or click here to send your files to us using our FTP server

 
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8. Approvals – How do I approve final artwork before they are printed?
Thank goodness for digital proofing. We’re able to produce an electronic proof for you (or your client) to approve, via PDF. We’ll send it via the internet direct to your site where you can approve it, or make changes and return it for printing. Most clients still prefer to have a hard copy to sign off on. The choice is yours. For super-urgent work you may want to visit our facility and approve the artwork on-screen, because we have our monitors calibrated to match the output for just this reason – and it makes production so much more efficient. The facilities are there for you.

 
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9. Materials – What can be digitally printed?
Almost anything. From books, magazines, postcards, invitations, posters, acrylic, banners, cardboard, plastic, sheet metal, glass, flags, bathroom tiles, wallpaper, shower curtains, fabrics, fine-art prints and wedding dresses. The question could be ‘What can’t be printed’? Look Print doesn’t do all of the above, but many of them. We’ll advise you of what is possible, and what would be the best method of production for your particular need. Just ask us and we’ll share our experience for your benefit.

 
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10. My designer – Can Look Print work directly with them to make it easier for me?
We’d love to work with your designer. You have a great relationship with them, and they know what you want. We know digital printing and can work with them to make sure everything looks great when it’s finished. With the advent of large format printing sometimes people forget that the files must be perfect, that even the tiniest blemish might look like a ‘volcano’ when it’s a big colour print. Our job is to help your designer to get the files right, and to get it printed.