FAQs

We’ve created this page to answer some of the most common questions our clients have.

Crop Marks (small trim marks around the artwork) – this shows us the final print size.
Bleed – imagine you have to cut out a blue circle on a piece of white paper – you will have to concentrate and cut very slowly so that none of the white shows and also not cut any of the blue – this is why we have the 3mm bleed for tolerance in printing to help us when trimming.

RGB stands for the colours red, green, and blue, the colours widely recognised in design fields as the primary colours and which are used on monitors. The RGB model is known as an additive model.

CMYK stands for cyan, magenta, yellow, and black – the inks we use in print. CMYK is a subtractive model. This gets a bit complicated, but the idea with subtractive models like CMYK is that colours from the spectrum are subtracted from natural white light into pigments or dyes.

Typically, blue will look slightly more vibrant when displayed in RGB compared with CMYK. This means that if you create your design in RGB and print it in CMYK you’ll probably see a beautiful bright blue colour on the screen but on the printed version, it will appear like a purple-ish blue. The same is true for greens, they tend to look a little flat when converted to CMYK from RGB.

BEST to work in CMYK (if your application allows) when designing for print. PLUS ALWAYS HAVE A
PROOF BEFORE PRINTING – remember those vibrant colours on the screen will not always be the same when printed.

Different print processes (Digital / Litho) can produce variations in colour. Stocks and substrates can also have a dramatic effect on colour. For example, printing on an uncoated paper will give a much more flat colour appearance as opposed to printing on a coated stock. For further information please call or email us.

You can supply files to us in a variety of ways.

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Yes – we only require single pages – not supplied in spreads or printer pairs. Our imposition program only uses single pages.

If files for sending are too large for standard email – best to use a FREE service that will send the files. WeTransfer / MailBigFile are just some of these – they normally give you 2gb free to transfer your files.

We normally print our leaflets on a 150-170gsm – which gives a nice weight to your leaflets.

When printing brochures we like to use a heavier cover (300gsm) this with an interior of 150-170gsm gives a professional feel to the brochure. We do also offer to laminate the covers (matt / gloss and soft lamination) to give an excellent finish.

Business cards are generally printed on 400gsm stock – we print both uncoated and coated stock. The uncoated stock gives a tactile feel. The coated stock (silk) is normally laminated to finish.

The general size used is 55 x 85mm (credit card size) but do consider 50 x 85mm or 55 x 55 which can also work very well.

If you know your contact details will not change in the next 6 to 12 months best to go for 500.

The relative difference in cost is about 20 per cent to gain twice the amount of cards. You can never promote your company enough.

We can print up to B1 size dependent on work required.

For fast turnaround we tend to print up to SRA3 size (320 x 450mm).

We print quantities between 1 to 50,000. But do factor in that the larger runs take more working days to produce.

Print quantities between 10-500 we can normally turnaround in 2-3 days – but this is very much dependent on the complexity and pages in the project plus finishing requirements.

We do offer on certain jobs a free delivery service in and around the St Albans area.

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Macpro Design and Print Limited
Unit 5-7 Pickford Road, off
Sutton Road
St Albans, Herts. AL1 5JH

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