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Yes we do and is an option to add design time to your order when choosing your options.  Otherwise we require press-ready artwork in either a PDF, AI, PSD or INDD file format. There are also layout templates available to help you set up your artwork using many different software programs. Our art department is available to answer questions and to help you with your artwork. For a nominal fee, the art department can do minor file repair to existing artwork. Please call our customer service department at 626-732-3600, M-F (8am-4pm CT) for assistance.

  • First Class Mail:  First Class Mail is processed by the post office on the same day that we submit it to the post office. Delivery of your mail pieces can take up to 5 business days.  Standard Mail:  Standard Mail is also known as Bulk Mail. It is the slowest but most economical way to mail through the post office. Once we deliver your mail pieces to the post office they can hold it for up to 48 hours before processing it. Delivery usually takes 7-13 business days. Nonprofit Mail:  Nonprofit Mail will mail at the Standard Mail delivery time. To mail at Nonprofit rates, you must be set up with a nonprofit status with the post office and then submit a PS-3632 form to our mailing department. Please note that delivery times are set by the United States Postal Service and may vary. For political mailings, please contact your local post office for information for delivery times.

Online Printing System is a prepress process that bridges the gap between online digital content and commercial print production. The process allows a print house, a client or a graphic designer to create, edit, and approve computer-based online templates during the prepress phase. This process increasingly calls for a Portable Document Format (PDF) workflow environment with output provided by digital printing.

Yes!  Our slogan is "We Can Print That!"  We only provide products that are common and standard online because pricing has very little need for adjustment.  However, we also specialize in printing custom items but custom items are exactly that and require a quote to get priced accordingly once given all the customized details.  

The site currently supports the most commonly ordered and  popular print products as listed. We are currently under construction and will be introducing more products we go along such as apparal and promotional items.

There are three options for designing and customizing a product. Click a product on the left-hand panel and choose one of the options.

1. Custom Design: lets you customize the products. Click it to open the design studio and use multiple tools to create your own design.

2. Upload Design: using this option, you can upload your own EPS, AI, PDF, INDD and PSD images.

3. Browse Design: use this to select hundreds of pre-loaded templates. Work on them or customize them through our design studio.

Business cards are printed most commonly on 14-point cardstock (thick), 16-point cardstock (thicker), and 100 lb. gloss cover (thin). These are the 3 most common kinds of paper used to print business cards.

Uncoated Paper
Uncoated paper stock is paper that has not been coated with a surface sealant. Inks dry by absorbing into the paper. This paper type can dull the colors that are printed. Uncoated papers comprise a vast number of paper types and are available in a variety of surfaces, both smooth and textured. Some of the common types are wove or smooth, laid and linen.

Wove or Smooth — this has a very smooth surface.

Laid — laid paper is created with textured lines on its surface. This finish is used mostly for business stationery elements, like letterhead, envelopes and business cards.

Linen — similar to a laid finish, this paper has textured lines on the surface of the sheet, but they are finer and more regular than those that appear on a laid finish stock. This paper is also used frequently for business stationery.

Coated One Side and Coated Two Sides
This paper is commonly referred to as C1S (coated one side) or C2S (coated two sides). In a C1S paper the coating has been applied to only one side of the paper. C2S the coating is on both sides. Typically the coated side is glossy. You will find this type of paper used primarily on postcards. It gives a glossy feel to the front of the card while using the back uncoated side for addressing.

Weight
The weight of a paper refers to its thickness and is typically measured in pounds (such as 20#) and points (such as 10 PT). The higher the number, the thicker the paper for that “type” of paper. Paper weights in commercial printing can be very confusing. For example, a sheet of 20# bond (probably what you use on your inkjet printer) is about the same thickness as a sheet of 50# offset.

There are three general paper categories used to describe the basis weight of a paper: writing, text and cover.

Writing — a letterhead-weight stock, typically 24# or 28# writing, and often has a watermark.

Text — is thicker than a writing paper, but not as thick as a cover paper (card stock). Text-weight paper is usually a 70#, 80# or 100# text.

Cover — Cover stocks are heavy in weight, rigid and not easily folded. Common weights for cover stocks include: 65#, 80#, 100#, 120#, and 12pt.

Opacity
A paper’s opacity is determined by its weight, ingredients and absorbency. A paper’s opacity determines how much printing will show through on the reverse side of a sheet. Opacity is expressed in terms of its percentage of reflection. Complete opacity is 100% and complete transparency is 0%.

Brightness
The brightness of a sheet of paper measures the percentage of a wavelength of blue light it reflects. The brightness of a piece of paper is typically expressed on a scale of 1 to 100 with 100 being the brightest. The brightness of a paper affects readability, the perception of ink color and the contrast between light and dark hues.

Hopefully this helps take some of the mystery out of selecting paper. The best advice we can give is to look at the swatch books and make several choices. Then ask your salesperson for larger samples. You can feel the weight and texture of the larger sheet better to see if it acceptable. If you want, we can even trim the sheet to the size of your final piece so you can get an ever better idea of the finished product.

Coated papers are available in two finishes – glossy (shiny and smooth) and matte (flat and lusterless). Coated glossy papers reflect the light evenly so they are suitable for almost all types of printing jobs. Glossy papers have a good ink holdout, which is important for creating sharp, bright images.

Matte paper has a more muted feel to it. This can be used to great effect in designs with a light or pastel color scheme, and in designs with a great deal of text on it. Because matte paper changes less under the light, they also have more of a “flat” feel than gloss sheets.

File Preparation

It is important that you supply all fonts used in your layout. If you do not supply fonts in your artwork file, we will request that you resubmit your files with fonts included.
If you have vector artwork and your file is missing fonts, you can open your file in Illustrator, select "Create Outlines", save your fonts, re-save your artwork file, and then upload it.If you have artwork that is rasterized, you can open your file in Photoshop and select "Flatten the Layers", re-save your artwork file, and then upload it.
Please do not submit your fonts seperately from your file because it is critical that we receive your print-ready file with fonts included to avoid any printing issues.

Our system supports CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black) for producing digital prints. We have accurately mapped the digital color pallet to match CMYK color mode to ensure proper 4-color printing.  Best color results will be creating art in this color mode.

300 dpi (dots per inch) or higher is the resolution best for the print output of a PDF file.

Resolution, also known as DPI (Dots Per Inch) or PPI (Pixels Per Inch), can be described as the number of dots that fit horizontally and vertically into a one-inch space. Generally, the more dots per inch, the more detail captured and the sharper the resulting image.

DO NOT ENLARGE a 72 dpi file to a 300 dpi document.

A common misconception is that you can convert a file from 72 dpi to 300 dpi. This is both true and false. Yes it is possible but the output actually makes the image fuzzy and unclear and not high resolution.  This is called interpolation.  The software makes up or fills in pixels to the closest pixel and makes the image not crisp and clear in appearance and still causes the image to look low resolution although the art reads at 300dpi.

* Your monitor displays between 72 and 96 ppi. To adequately view print resolution on a monitor, you should zoom in 400%.

Never increase the total pixel dimension of raster image. For example, if you have an image that is 400 x 600 pixels at 100 ppi, and you increase it to 1200 x 1800 pixels by changing from 100 ppi to 300 ppi, the printed image will be fuzzy.

 

Printing

Unique Printing will try to accommodate any changes to your order,  cannot guarantee that you will receive a faster turnaround time for your print job(s). Our ability to change turnaround time for you will depend on many factors such as status of your artwork, production schedule, day of the week, product selected, etc. In addition, you will likely be charged a fee to upgrade your print job(s) to a faster turnaround time. Please note that we can not change the turnaround of your job after it is received by prepress or production department.
You must contact us to request a faster turnaround time in order to get an answer if it is possible and the additional cost.

 

Unique Printing is closed in observance of the following holidays:
  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day 
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day and day after
  • Christmas Day

In addition, our presses do not run on weekends. Weekends and holidays are not  business days and not included when calculating your turnaround time.

Pricing

You can order printing products by following our ordering process:
Select the product you wish to purchase along with appropriate product options and turnaround time in the Configure & Price your order section. The price will automatically adjust whenever you select different options, such as quantity, coating and size. Once you have determined what options you want to buy, click on how you want to submit artwork from the various options available.

Payment

You can cancel at any time prior to the order going into production. Once items have started printing, we can no longer accept a cancellation. If you need to change your order for any reason, please contact Customer Service to make any changes to your order.