GRAPHIC DESIGN SERVICE
Yes, you may have a designer work directly with you for a custom design.
Request and approve an estimate from Customer Service (866) 778-4254 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Find more information in the section What Instructions should I send to the designer.
If you prefer a do it yourself approach, refer to the section What design options are available online.
ONLINE DESIGN SERVICE
~At A'DEAS we offer Online & Offline order processing~
Design OnLine or Ready to Print files:
After you finish your design or upload a ready to print file, you will have the option to order immediately or save your design and continue shopping. This will also allow you to order at a later time, for example, if you are unsure of the quantity you want at the time you design. The entire process will be handled online.
Hire An Adeas Designer:
This service is available on or offline. Follow the steps in the checkour process online to provide your detailed design instructions, include text, images etc. You may also place your order with a Customer Service Rep and the entire process will be handled through that representative via email.
We are ALWAYS open to a phone conversation if you order online or offline so don't hesitate to CALL, EMAIL or LIVE CHAT with us to help guide you through any of the ordering process!
BEFORE I ORDER
The type of paper used for difference purposes is expressed in weight or in points. In the US this is most commonly referred to as Pounds for weight (lb or #). Paper is also measured in pt sizes which is measuring by thickness and not by weight. For comparison purposes there is really not an exact conversion of (for example) 100 lb = 10 pt system across the board but if you read below it should help you get an overall understanding of what you are ordering.
The paper used by most people in their offices and homes to print on is generally 20 to 50 lb paper stock. Letterhead and stationary printed in commercial print shops is typically between 20 to 70 lb. Higher end flyers and brochures use 80 to 100 lb. and can be referred to as text weight paper stock. We use 100 lb gloss text paper stock most often on our products and it measures approximately 5pt.
A heavier paper typically used for cards, invitations, most door hangers and postcards is called card stock or cover stock and is thicker than text stock. Typically cover stock ranges between 65 to 130 lb. We use 80 to 130 lb most often on our products. For reference, our 80 lb Cover measures approximately 8 pt, our 100 lb Cover measures approximately 10 pt while our 111 lb measures approximately 11 pt. As you can see after reading the above information 100 lb gloss text is lighter than 80 lb gloss cover because it is TEXT and not COVER paper stock.
You may always request a sample packet be sent to you via standard mail so you can see and hold different paper options in your hand for comparison.
Coated papers are available in several finishes directly from the paper mill. For example – glossy (shiny and smooth) and matte (flat and lusterless). Even though there is not shine on matte paper, it still has a coating.
Uncoated paper most often does not have an added finish and will not have any shine. It is most like the printing paper you typically buy for a printer you use at home.
FILE REQUIREMENTS & PROOFING
Not all PDF files are intended for hi-res printing. Some are just meant for viewing on screen and would not be suitable for print. So if you will be sending a PDF, it is important to do several things.
1) use only hi-res elements in your file. By that, we mean if you have an image in your layout, make sure it is hi-res (300ppi). If you are using your logo, include the .eps file in your layout. If you only have an image file of your logo such as a .jpeg, make sure it is hi-res as well. Images snagged from the web typically result in an inferior, lo-res PDF so we recommend against that process. The PDF will only be as good as the individual elements that make up the PDF, so using quality elements is the first step. We cannot stress this enough.
2) When creating the PDF, choose settings that guarantee a high resolution “Press Quality” PDF. This type of pdf retains all the information. For example, when creating your Adobe PDF - choose the "Press Quality" setting. This creates a hi-res PDF that is quite reliable. On the other hand, some programs (like Word) create PDF files not intended for high-end printing and will not give a desirable output when printed. For specific questions regarding this type of PDF, email our prepress department at email@example.com and let us know what program you are using to generate your pdf so we may advise you.
Although our system will process both RGB and CMYK color formats, it is strongly recommended you only supply CMYK images and files for printing. CMYK is the standard for commercial printing and therefore the most reliable. RGB has to be converted to CMYK as the file is processed and can possibly result in unexpected colors. Read more about RGB vs. CMYK and about color as it relates to paper and to your monitor on our Design Guidelines page.
This subject could fill a page, so here we will just condense it to 300dpi = high resolution (hi-res) and that's why we require 300dpi. Web images are typically around 72dpi and that's why they are referred to as lo-res. Quality printing needs quality, hi-res images. Read more about image resolution on our Design Guidelines page.
We support the products and services currently listed on this site. Offline we also offer graphic design service and we are shortly going to introduce more products like postcards, vinyl stickers, banners, calendars, plastic and uv business cards, and more.
If you want to order any products or sizes not listed on the website, simply email the details to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will contact you with information and instructions to place your order offline. Thank you!
Yes, regardless of whether we provide Design Services for you, you submit Ready To Print art or you utilize the OnLine Design Tool you will receive a digital proof to approve during the process. When you order online using our cart you will review and approve your digital proof online during the design and checkout process. If you order Design Services offline or submit your own Ready to Print file, a digital proof will be provided to you separately to review and approve.
PLEASE REVIEW YOUR PROOF CAREFULLY FOR ACCURACY. THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO ENSURE ALL SPELLING, GRAMMAR, COLORS (see below), CONTENT, ETC. ARE CORRECT. A'deas is not responsible after you approve your proof.
Regarding color and digital proofs - all monitors are calibrated differently and are not usually a reliable method of judging color. All monitors use a light based projected spectrum of color (RGB) and colors on printed pieces are viewed as light reflects off of ink. (CMYK). Unless professionally calibrated, your monitor will most likely not match the printed piece exactly. A'Deas Printing cannot be held responsible for slight differences in color between digital proofs and the final printed piece. That being said, we will always strive to meet your expectations.
If you would like to achieve an exact color, we suggest consulting a PANTONE color swatch book and choosing a specific color for us to match, as all colors in this set are universal.
A final note: Your job will print in high resolution. If you provide a ready to print file, or provide any art, your result will be as clear and sharp as the quality of the provided file or art. See the Design Guidelines page to ensure that the file or art you provide results in a quality product.
We use both offset and digital printing. Having both processes allows us to choose the best method for your particular project.
Check Payments: Cashiers Check, Personal or Business Check Payments accepted however, this will slow down the processing of your order as we will need to hold the order for approximately 10 business days to verify the payment has cleared the bank before placing your order into production. Contact customer service once you are ready to check out so we can walk you through the steps necessary to complete your order using this payment method.
Wire Funds Transfer: If you wish to pay with this method please contact customer service for the appropriate information required for the wire. This could delay your order being placed into production while we wait for the bank to confirm payment was recevied. A fee of $15 per transaction will be charged for this payment method.
AFTER I ORDER