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Common UK Printing Terms Explained

Here is a guide to some common terms used in the print industry A series Standard international metric range of paper sizes Acetate Transparent sheet of plastic Acid-free paper Paper made without the use of acidic chemicals which reduce its shelf life Acrobat A software developed by Adobe Systems Inc. that allows documents to be […]

 

A Guide to Litho vs Digital Print

Litho Printing The most common, high-volume, commercial printing technology is Offset Lithography. The image is burned onto a metal plate using a laser, which is then loaded onto the printing press. This image is then transferred (or offset) onto a rubber blanket and then onto the printing surface – be it paper, card or plastics. […]

 

Printed Materials: When Do You Pay VAT?

HMRC Guidelines on VAT The standard VAT rate is only paid on some printed items. As a broad rule of thumb this is true for all items that you write on such as stationery, greetings cards, forms, postcards and invitations etc. Promotional or information items of print are zero-rated, meaning they are completely free of […]

 

Common UK Paper Sizes used for Printing

I am often asked what size can we print a job. Whilst you can effectively have any size you want within reason, in the print industry the most common system uses the ISO standard for paper sizes. The A Series The ‘A’ series which includes A4 (the standard size for a letterhead) is the most commonly […]

 

Paper Weights and Thicknesses Explained

Common paper weights in cut sheets are: 80gsm 90gsm 100gsm 120gsm 130gsm 150gsm 170gsm A low quality sheet used in photo copiers is often 80gsm, where as a letterhead would commonly be printed on either 100gsm or 120gsm. Papers weighing either 130gsm or 150gsm are generally used for leaflets or flyers. Anything weighing more than […]

 

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