FAQs | Printing and Service Questions - ABCO Printing

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you print jobs that are different than the standard formats that you offer?

Yes, ABCO can print many sizes. Contact us to find out if we can print the size you need.

Is there an extra charge for bleeds?

Bleed requirements may impact the overall price based on the final size required. Some sizes with bleeds require a slightly larger sheet size in order to accommodate the bleed.

What kind of paper will my job be printed on?

ABCO can print on a wide range of paper, materials, and other substrates.

to discuss your needs.

How well will my job match what I see on my monitor?

Using your monitor to judge color is not advised unless your monitor is calibrated properly. ABCO will produce a hard copy proof to ensure the color meets your expectations.

Will you match a sample I print out on my own printer, or a previously printed sample?

ABCO can work to match your sample if desired or provide a printed proof for approval.

How do I place an order and have my graphic designer upload my files separately?

Files may be uploaded utilizing ABCO’s

site.

How long does it take for me to get the proof of my job?

In most cases proofs are turned around within 24 hours. Some proofs may take longer depending on the complexity of the files and finishing required.

Will I always receive exactly the quantity I order?

ABCO will ship the exact count ordered unless you agree to accept overs.

What if I want to change something on my order after I've placed it or approved the proof?

Please contact your customer service representative if you have a change to your order after it has been submitted.

How do I view my proof?

You will either be provided a hard copy proof or you will receive an email with a link to a digital proof for viewing and approval.

Can you mail my postcards, brochures, etc. if I send you a mailing list?

Yes, ABCO provides mailing services.

to discuss your specific mailing requirements.

Can you use my mailing permit and mail my material from your location?

Yes, ABCO can use your mailing permit as long as your permit is for a mail drop location in the DFW area.

Can I have you mail some of my order and ship the rest?

Yes, ABCO can split the shipment and mailing as required.

How should I lay out a piece to comply with USPS mailing regulations?

Contact us to discuss your mail piece. ABCO can then provide the proper layout to comply with USPS mailing regulations.

Can I send you documents created in MS Word or PowerPoint?

Yes, however the preferred file type is PDF.

What types of storage media do you accept?

You may upload your files to

. We also accept files on CD, DVD, and USB drives.

Do I need to impose my business cards 8-up or 10-up if they will be printed more than 1 to a sheet?

You do not need to impose your business cards. ABCO will impose them prior to printing.

Do you have templates to help me correctly design my project?

Contact us to discuss your requirements. It is possible ABCO may be able to provide a template to help with your design process.

What types of storage media do you accept?

ABCO accepts files on CD, DVD and USB drives. In addition, you may transmit your files to us at

.

How long will it take to upload my files?

Upload times will depend on the size of your files and the speed of your internet connection.

How is the capacity of a round binder ring measured?

The measurement is horizontal across the inside diameter of the metal ring.

How is the capacity of a D ring measured?

The measurement of the straight edge of the metal ring.

What are screen tints?

Screen tints and halftones are ways of creating many shades of color from a single ink color. This is achieved by breaking down artwork into dots of varying size. The term “screen tint” is generally used in reference to solid and graduated percentages of color.

How many lines per inch do you use for screen printing?

Our standard line screen is 55 LPI (lines per inch). When printing small areas of halftones with fine detail, we may choose to use a higher LPI line screen in order to preserve detail.

What is a bleed?

A bleed is when artwork or printing falls off the edge of the finished product. In the case of binders, artwork through the spine hinges is also considered a bleed. A bleed requires printing on over sized material and then trimming or wrapping afterwards.

How much bleed do I need?

5/16” for vinyl binders and 1/8” for paper prints.

How are vinyl binders made?

Vinyl binders are made using vinyl material that is heat-sealed around a board with special dies in a sealing machine which uses heat and radio frequency waves to form a seal. Ring metals are then riveted into the binder.

What is a poly binder?

Poly binders are made utilizing a hard plastic type material called polyethylene. The material is die-cut into the shape of the binder and then the spine hinges are scored to create a backbone. Poly binders are durable and can withstand high temperatures.

What binder decoration options are available?

Many decorative options are available, including screen-print, foil stamp, stamp/deboss, offset and digital printing. Not all of these processes are suitable for every project, so check with the creative team at ABCO to see which techniques best fit your needs.

What are concealed rivets?

Non-visible rivets that are used to attach the ring metals.

Can you make binders with pockets?

Yes. Binders with pockets are useful when you have materials that you can’t punch holes into, or if you simply don’t have a three-hole puncher on hand. You can also use them when you want to keep certain documents separate from the other pages and more easily removable.

Can you print on the inside of the binder?

Yes. Printing on the inside of your binder can result in a more unique product.

What are sheet lifters?

Sheet lifters make the pages in your binder easier to turn and reduce bending when the binder is closed.

Do you produce Index Tabs/Dividers?

Yes, we can produce index tabs and dividers on a wide range of materials.

Do you produce sheet protectors?

Yes, we produce custom sheet protectors that can keep your documents safe from spills, tears, and other damage.

Do cold temperatures effect binders?

Yes, it is important to avoid storing your binders in cold temperatures. Vinyl is volatile and can crack in cold conditions. Store your vinyl binders at 60-70 degrees and you should not open the box until they have reached room temperature.