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

In Europe, paper is measured in GSM. This stands for ‘Grams per Square Meter’ and means exactly that ie how many grams a single sheet of paper weighs measuring 1m x 1m. 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 […]


Common UK Printing Terms Explained

Here is a guide to some common terms used in the print industry CMYK CMYK refers to ink colours Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black – these are the four process colours used in full colour printing. RGB The colours of light – Red, Green, Blue on a computer monitor. One of the most difficult aspects […]


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