KDC | King Digital & Commercial Offset Printing
KDC | King Digital & Commercial Offset Printing

2100 Babcock Blvd. | Pittsburgh, PA 15209
412.446.2784 | friendlyfaces@printpgh.com

FAQ’s

1. I want to place my order online. How can I do that?

KDC can create an ordering site for all of your company collateral to make ordering simple and easy for a large group of people. We are currently not offering online ordering for individuals. Click here to register for your company’s existing site. Click here if you’d like to get your company set up.

2. What is bleed?

Bleed is printing that goes beyond the edge of the sheet, before trimming. This allows printers to cut on the crop marks, leaving artwork coverage running off the edge of the sheet. Without bleed information, the customer is at risk of having a white edge around their artwork.

3. How much bleed should the document have?

1/8″ is the recommended minimum. Bleed should be pulled on any object/image that is intended to run off the edge of the sheet.

4. What is image resolution?

Image Resolution is the amount of detail an image holds (or the number of pixels within an image). Higher resolution means more image detail.

5. How do I package an InDesign file?
  1. Open the Package dialog box:
    • Choose File > Package. (If Package does not appear in the File menu, try choosing a different workspace, such as Window > Workspace > Advanced.)

    An alert icon  indicates problem areas.

  2. In the Package Inventory dialog box, do one of the following:
    • If you’re notified of problems, click Cancel, and use the Preflight panel to resolve problem areas.
    • Click the problem area (such as Fonts) and then correct the problem. When you’re satisfied with the document, begin the packaging process again.
    • Click Package to begin packaging.
  3. Fill in the printing instructions. The filename you type is the name of the report that accompanies all other packaging files.
  4. Click Continue, and then specify a location in which to save all packaging files.
  5. Select the following, as needed:
    Copy Fonts Copies all necessary font files, not the entire typeface.
    Copy Linked Graphics Copies linked graphics files to package folder location.
    Update Graphic Links In Package Changes graphic links to the package folder location.
    Use Document Hyphenation Exceptions Only If this option is selected, InDesign flags this document so that it doesn’t reflow when someone else opens or edits it on a computer that has different hyphenation and dictionary settings. You can turn on this option when sending the file to a service provider.
    Include Fonts And Links From Hidden And Non-Printing Content Packages the objects located on hidden layers, hidden conditions, and layers for which the Print Layer option is turned off. When this option is not selected, the package includes only what is visible and printable in the document when you create the package.
    View Report Opens the printing instructions report in a text editor immediately after packaging. To edit the printing instructions before completing the packaging process, click the Instructions button. 
  6. Click Package to continue packaging
6. When to use RGB vs. CMYK?

CMYK – Cyan, Magenta, Yellow & Black is the mixture to make up this standard color model. CMYK is a subtractive model that masks colors on a lighter background. Combining these four inks to produce a color is called four-color printing.

RGBRed, Green, Blue is the mixture to make up this standard color model. RGB is an additive color model that produces a wide range of colors. RGB’s main purpose is to display images on an electronic device. RGB is a device-dependent color model.

7. What factors into choosing Digital or Offset Printing?

Cost, speed, and turn-around time can heavily factor into your decision between choosing Digital or Offset printing. When you are ready for a quote, your sales representative will help choose the best option for your project.

8. What is a Vector Image?

Vector graphics are made up of lines and curves defined by mathematical objects called vectors. Vectors describe an image according to its geometric characteristics. For example, a bicycle tire in a vector graphic is made up of a mathematical definition of a circle drawn with a certain radius, set at a specific location, and filled with a specific color. You can move, resize, or change the color of the tire without losing the quality of the graphic.

Vector graphics are resolution-independent—that is, they can be scaled to any size and printed at any resolution without losing detail or clarity. As a result, vector graphics are the best choice for representing bold graphics that must retain crisp lines when scaled to various sizes—for example, logos.

9. What is a Bitmap image?

Bitmap images—technically called raster images—use a grid of colors known as pixels to represent images. Each pixel is assigned a specific location and color value. For example, a bicycle tire in a bitmap image is made up of a mosaic of pixels in that location. When working with bitmap images, you edit pixels rather than objects or shapes.

Bitmap images are the most common electronic medium for continuous-tone images, such as photographs or digital paintings, because they can represent subtle gradations of shades and color. Bitmap images are resolution-dependent—that is, they contain a fixed number of pixels. As a result, they can lose detail and appear jagged if they are scaled on-screen or if they are printed at a lower resolution than they were created for.

10. Printer Spreads Vs. Reader Spreads

We read a book or newsletter starting on page 1 and continuing to page 2, 3, ect.. This is called reader spreads. However that is not necessarily the order that a book is printed. Depending on the finished binding, some books may also print in printer spreads. Printer spreads impose each single page in a formation that will back itself up properly, after binding is complete.

If you are unfamiliar with creating printer spreads, it is best to send us your document in single pages. We can impose the book for you.

11. What is Bindery?

Bindery is the finishing department, which completes the jobs specifications post-production. Bindery is able to: Cut, Fold, Stitch, Score, Perforate, Die Cut, Bind, Shrink Wrap, and Package.

Templates

PDF-Logo    indesign-logo100x100    Excel-logo100x100

Brochure 8.5×11 Layout – Acrobat

Brochure 8.5×11 Layout – Indesign 6.0

Mailing  List Example – Excel

5 Bank Tabs – InDesign 6.0

Pocket Folder 9×12 – InDesign 6.0

Pocket Folder 9×12 – Acrobat

Postcard (1st Class Only) 4.125×6 – InDesign 6.0

Postcard (Letter Size) 8.5×5.5 – InDesign 6.0

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