Pre-Press Moment, With Mary

Pre-Press Moment, With Mary

Good morning! My name is Mary and I am the pre-press queen for Compton Press. The guys thought that it would be a good idea to share some tips and tricks with designers out there. So look for tips from me on our web and also on our social media!

Today, I would like to talk about “bleed”. The term “bleed” is used for all objects overlapping the border of your document. After your piece is printed, it will be cropped to its correct size – the bleed in your document give the cropping some room for error. Yes, there are errors when a printed piece is cut – like the machine moves slightly when it runs, paper expands and contracts – so you want to make sure your piece is set up correctly.

In your InDesign® file the settings for a bleed are in the new file dialog box. You need to hit the “more options” button and the bleed and slug will become visible. Standard measurements for the bleed is 1/8” in the US, but sizes may differ per printer, if you’re not sure about the bleed – just ask, any printer will be happy to tell you what they prefer.

Don’t forget to add crop marks to you document too. InDesign® will automatically set the crop marks for you – so make sure they are there.

AND if you have any questions, about how to set up a file with bleeds and crops – just call our team! Our pre-press team will be happy to assist you in getting your file set up correctly.

Not a Printer or a Card Designer? We have you covered!

Not a Printer or a Card Designer? We have you covered!

Happy Valentines’ Day! They say to way to someone’s heart is showing them that you care and although a printed card and flowers is the “typical” way to go (and we would encourage a printed card) we wanted to give you some ideas for personal messages that you can do at home. Our friends at Better Homes and Gardens have provided a few great ways to make handmade Valentine’s Day Cards. Just follow the link and let the creativity take over!

AND if you want to have someone who LOVES printing help you with your next project – give us a call, we are here to help!

Happy Groundhog Day!

Happy Groundhog Day!

Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow today? How about a young person in your office or community, let them be your shadow today! The Groundhog Shadow Day aims to provide students with an up-close look at what a “real-job” is like, it helps subtends see the connection between what they learn in the classroom and what they will need to achieve their goals, it will show students that they have choices and we hope it motivates the next generation into the careers we love.

Did you know that Compton provides shadowing during the year to some of our leading graphics programs in Metro Detroit? We are thrilled to show upcoming designers and printers how it all comes together! We are a proud supporter of local schools and programs of the arts! If you would like to tour our facility with your school or program, please don’t hesitate to call Brian at our office.

Happy Groundhog Day!

Creating a Culture of Engagement

Creating a Culture of Engagement

Compton Press is excited to share a webinar being put on by the Printing Industries of America in support of 2017 Continuous Improvement. We work with a number of companies from big to small and one thing we can relate to and we hear a lot is how do we keep our team engaged? The Printing Industries of America will be holding a seminar on Creating a Culture of Engagement ON March 1, 2017 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST. The goal of the seminar is to:

Find and keep engaged employees is a tremendous challenge. Companies with highly engaged workforces significantly outperform their peers. Engaged employees will build relationships with customers, innovate, and be a part of a continuously improving business. This webinar examines the benefits of engaging employees, what the best companies do to create a workplace where people want to stay and contribute.

To learn more or to join the discussion: http://www.printing.org/events?event_id=328