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PRINT AND SUPPLIES FAQS

WHAT FILE TYPES DO YOU ACCEPT?

We prefer PDF files, other formats can be sent through -- however they may not process correctly between different computers and operating softwares.

We also accept artwork from InDesign, Illustrator & Photoshop - packaged files are the best if you are sending these through so that we have all your fonts and image links.

Microsoft Word & Publisher are not always compatible with the software that is used to run the different presses.

Word is a great word processing document, but it is not a design program. Sometimes the files need to be pulled apart and reformatted with the software compatible with our machines and so an artwork charge may apply. Word and publisher often produce low resolution images with can print out fuzzy. Also these programs do not allow for bleeds and trims so if you need artwork created for print products, its always recommended to talk to our design team as they will quickly and easily put together something in the correct specifications for you. Otherwise, if you can save your word/publisher files as PDF before you send them to us this will help to ensure that the file will print how you wish it to be.

For signage products it is always awesome if you outline your fonts, or send us the font with your artwork.

HOW DO I MAKE A FILE PRINT READY?

  • PDF to size. 3mm of bleed on each edge. 
  • Crop marks can be supplied if exporting your file direct from a design program, however these are not a requirement. 
  • Supply as individual pages (not spreads) in numerical order - please do not try and lay up yourself. 
  • Fonts embedded or converted to paths/outlines 
  • NOTE: Please see Printing Lingo section of FAQ's for descriptions of printing terms

WHAT PAPER DO I CHOOSE?

We have a range of standard stocks here at Brandland that are always immediately available, these are:

  • Matt/Uncoated: 80gsm, 120gsm, 150gsm, 200gsm, 250gsm, 300gsm
  • Gloss/Coated: 150gsm, 200gsm, 250gsm, 300gsm
  • Satin/Coated: 113gsm, 150gsm, 200gsm, 250gsm, 300gsm
  • Eco 100% recycled stock: 115gsm, 300gsm

We also have limited range of 350gsm stocks available in house.

What weight (gsm) is commonly used?

  • Brochures / Posters - 150gsm gloss or matt
  • Flyers / Handouts - 113gsm - 200gsm gloss
  • Business Cards / Rack Cards / Wedding Suites - 300gsm - higher uncoated.

As a reference, normal office paper is 80gsm in weight.

If you would like something special or different, just pop into the store to check out our huge range of paper swatch samples. Most stocks arrive within 24 hours, however sometimes the paper is sourced from Auckland and that can take 2-3 days to arrive.

STANDARD PAPER SIZES

A0 - 1189 x 841mm

A1 -  841 x 594mm

A2 - 594 x 420mm

A3 - 420 x 297mm

A4 - 297 x 210mm

Standard Business Card -  90 x 55mm

DLE / Rackcard - 210 x 99mm

A5 - 210 x 148mm

A6 - 148 x 105mm

A7 - 105 x 74mm

Types of Printing - The fun stuff

WHAT IS SPOT COLOR PRINTING?

What is Spot Color? from  Mama's Sauce on  Vimeo.

Spot Color printing means that we actually mix the colors for your job and print them individually. If you have a yellow, a green, and a blue – each one of those is mixed and laid down as a solid color, rather than being printed using CMYK. The result is a beautiful display of color that has an authentic feel. Hot foil is also spot color, only it uses a transferable material rather than ink.

Printing colors one at a time really means just that. Here's a step by step of a screen print coming to life after each color has been laid down and dried.

LETTERPRESS: WHAT IT IS & WHY CHOOSE IT

Letterpress printing is a 550 year old relief process of print making that yields remarkable type and image results. In recent years it has become desirable to have a deboss in one's print, and when you see that, it's most often done on a letterpress. As it is a cast iron machine that literally punches your print into paper, we are able to control the depth of the impression on a sheet. There are many variables that come into play when we're punching into paper, such as – paper density, opacity, edge bleeding, depth, impression evenness, and so on…

SCREEN PRINT: WHAT IS IT & WHY CHOOSE IT

Screenprint printing is a print process that is thousands of years old, yet shockingly viable today. A lot of uses today are for signage and shirts, but when applied to paper – wow is it lovely. It's great for short and long runs, as we reuse screens with your art, lessening the setup cost that comes with making plates. It's also great for putting light colors on dark papers, and amazing when it comes to large swatches of dense color. Read more in the Screen Print Detail entry.

FOIL PRINTING: WHAT IS IT & WHY CHOOSE IT

Foil printing is plated, typically with a copper plate. It's done on a letterpress with a heating element, which transfers the foil to your paper. Copper plates hold great detail and Foil is great for covering dark papers with light foil colors. It also shines and shimmers.

Extra Details

I HEARD YOU WORK ALONG SIDE OTHER BUSINESSES... WHO ARE THEY?

Brandland works very closely with some other epic businesses around Queenstown to be able to provide you with access to the Wakatipu's largest marketing company.

DO YOU PROVIDE DELIVERY?

We are able to deliver free of charge to Queenstown, Frankton & Arrowtown, however this is not a daily service and is dependent on the number of other deliveries on the day.

We can courier any product to you, either same day or overnight, just chat to our team about your options.

COPYRIGHT

Clients are responsible for ensuring they are not breaking any copyright laws when sending jobs through to Brandland for production.Any images, text, photographs etc must have the permission of the owner to use for your project.