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In Depth Technical Details


plus iconUnderstanding The Gang Run Printing Process

The printing process in which multiple print jobs are produced on a common print sheet is referred to a gang run. Understanding the positive aspects as well as production limitations as a print broker will help to set you and your customer's expectation.

Positive aspects of the gang run printing process: It saves your customer a considerable amount of money. Many cost factors are shared on the sheet to reduce the overall cost per job. Environmentally more friendly. Ganging jobs together uses paper more efficiently by filling up the sheet and thus reducing paper waste. This driven by economics since the more that is squeezed out of a sheet, the lower the cost.

Limitations of the gang run process: Color. This is by far the biggest limitation with gang run printing. It is difficult to maintain control of color because there are many jobs on one sheet. Therefore it is impossible for any printer using a gang run process to be able to guarantee color output. This cannot be emphasized enough. Quality of output. Since there are many jobs on a sheet, its difficult to maintain a certain output quality. Solid colors have the potential to show streaks or ink coverage may be oversaturated. Most of these issues can be avoided with a good understanding on file setup for gang run jobs. There is typically a lower selection of paper and coating options. GR Print has recently overcome these limitations and offers a wide array of paper and coating options.

The positive aspects of gang run printing definitely outweigh the limitations and this is illustrated by the large growth of the gang run industry as well as the growing amount of brokers that resell gang run jobs.

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plus iconCreating Your Artwork

We have a wide array of printing options here at GR Print, Inc to help you create your artwork. With an assortment of paper and multiple add on services we offer many choices for you and your customer. Here are a few things to consider first before you start your order.

Files must be setup according to stated specifications. You are fully responsible for following such guidelines which include file types, bleed setup, art resolution, orientation and color usage. When starting on your artwork please be aware that we have templates readily available on our website to help you create your artwork. This will give you the exact dimensions and guides to help you with your project. If one is available to you at the size you require we highly recommend using it (if you do not see a template for the size you require please contact us for the requirements at 877-774-6818 or sales@grprint.com). Please delete this guide once you are done before you upload or it may get printed along with your artwork.

Take into account quantity. The shipping quantity of each job is very accurate. However, 10% overrun or under run is possible and within industry standards of being an acceptable shipment. Please take this into account when ordering an exact amount. It is recommended that you get more than needed due to this standard.

When designing artwork refer to our website for what sizes and paper stock are available. When choosing paper stock remember that certain add on services may not be available as well as certain quantities. If you do not see a size that fits your project we have a custom cut feature on our calculators that allow you to change the dimensions at 1/4" increments.

Look over the time frame when designing and creating artwork to allow your self an ample amount of time during production. Our time frame given on our calculator is an estimate on how long your project will take. Problems with your artwork, add on services, and unforeseen issues (UPS delays, weather conditions, etc) will always add to the production time and we recommend giving yourself a few days to cushion the deadline on any project. In addition if you place several jobs in the same order it will always wait for the latest order before it ships (Example: if you have a presentation folder which takes 7 to 9 business days and a business card order that takes 2 to 4 business days the ship by date will be determined by the presentation folders).

Please be aware that we have no rush services and can not speed up your project or make any changes to the shipping method. The deadline for your order to go in the next day is 12:00 Pacific Standard Time (Example: If you place your order after 12:00 PM Pacific Standard Time on Monday your order will not go into production till Wednesday).


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plus iconFormat Options

We accept Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, PDF, JPEG and Tiff formats.

Illustrator Format: Make sure to flatten all transparencies in your document (See Transparencies for more information). All text must be converted to outline before submitting your artwork.

EPS Format: Make sure to flatten all transparencies in your document (See Transparencies for more information). All text must be converted to outline before submitting your artwork.

Adobe Photoshop Format: Please flatten all files before submitting at a minimum of 300 DPI and maximum of 1200 DPI with line art. (Except for banners which are all at 100 DPI. See Banner Requirement for more information.)

PDF Format: This method is preferred since its the industry standard to work with. Acrobat 4 or version 1.3 is recommended since it works to prevent transparency issues. All transparencies should be flattened before hand to further prevent any errors during printing (See Transparencies for more information). Also set your the quality to press quality. Certain fonts may not work well with PDF formats such as CID fonts so we do require all fonts to be outlined or the file flattened before you convert to a PDF.

JPEG: Make sure that you have a minimum of 300 DPI and a maximum of 1200 DPI with line art (Except for banners which are all at 100 DPI. See Banner Requirement for more information.)When using a jpeg format please be aware that a slight quality difference may occur due to the compression it uses.

TIFF: Make sure that you have a minimum of 300 and a maximum of 1200 DPI with line art. (Except for banners which are all at 100 DPI. See Banner Requirement for more information.)


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plus iconDimensions

Your dimensions should be the exact trim size plus a .125 bleed on each dimension (Example: 2 x 3.5 business card will be 2.125 x 3.625). Even if a file has no bleed with white edges you still must leave this bleed. You should not have more canvas size than required.

The only exception to this is on Booklets and Banners (please see Booklet Requirements and/or Banners Requirements for more information)

If a template is available on our website we highly recommend using it to create your artwork. Templates are available on our website. Please remove the template before submitting your artwork.


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plus iconSafe Area

The safe area is exactly 1/8" inside of the trim area. This safe area is for important text and artwork since the trim may shift during the trimming phase of production.

If a template is available on our website we highly recommend using it to create your artwork. Templates are available on our website. Please remove the template before submitting your artwork.


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plus iconOrientation

We do a standard head to head process and we require all artwork to be print ready before submitting. If you have any question on orientation please feel free to contact customer service at 1-877-774-6818 or sales@grprint.com.


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plus iconColor

Due to an industry wide gang run limitation we do not guarantee color and a shift in color may occur.

Please make sure all files are in CMYK mode. We do not use any spot colors or Pantone colors and they must be converted to CMYK before uploading through our website. If you use RGB or any other mode aside from CMYK there will be a color shift. Please start and finish all artwork in CMYK mode.

Check your values carefully before submitting any artwork. Certain colors may look differently on your computer screen or personal printer (even printers that are in CMYK) compared to when its printed on our offset printers. We highly recommend using a process color guide to help you choose your colors to lessen the chance of a color shifting. Your print may also vary from printer to printer due to the press model, paper stock, and calibration. If you have any questions please feel free to contact customer service at 1-877-774-6818 or sales@grprint.com.


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plus iconSilk Lamination

Orders on silk lamination will tend to cause artwork to be slightly darker or greyer so we do advise orders placed on silk to be lightened (about 10% to 15%) before submitted. However, there is no guarantee that your colors will turn out correctly. Some color shift is to be expected due gang run limitations (See Color for more information),


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plus iconMultiple Files on A Single Document

The only time you may submit a multi-page document is on booklet orders (See Booklet Setup for more information). All other artwork must be separated (Example: A 4/4 14 pt business card with spot UV would have a total of 4 files. Front, Back, UV Mask Front, UV Mask Back). If your order requires a front, back, and a UV mask you must submit a separate file for each.


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plus iconTransparencies

Avoid using glows, shadow effects, and transparent objects unless they are flattened or rasterized at 300 to 1200 DPI. These transparencies could cause unwanted effects on your artwork when sent to print.

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plus iconRich Black

Over saturation of black can lead to many complications on your order. It may cause the UV to not be applied well and cause your order to become splotchy due to improper drying. To prevent this we recommend using a printers black due to its low saturation but still offer a rich black.

Cyan: 40 Magenta 30 Yellow: 20 Black: 100


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plus iconBorders

We do accept borders on jobs but if a border is too close to the cut line it may be cut off center. Even though the machines are perfectly aligned to the paper a slight shift still may occur during the trim process.


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plus iconOverprint

Turn off overprint on your artwork. Overprint can cause unexpected results on the final product so please check carefully before submitting.


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plus iconGreyscale

If a greyscale image converts to CMYK a shift will occur in the final printed piece. Always check the values of your greyscale images on your final CMYK document. If you have any other color aside from black then a shift may occur.


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plus iconFoiling And Embossing Requirements

When creating a foil mask or embossing mask you must create a separate file along with your regular artwork. This file must be at 100% black (no other colors, gradients, or shading) and white. The black will represent where the foil or embossing will be placed almost like a template over your artwork. Anywhere white will not be foiled or embossed. Foiling and embossing is also done only on one side of the paper and can not be done on both and is limited to certain paper stock.

All Foiling and embossing is done "blind" meaning after the cut so it may shift up to an 1/8th of an inch. Please compensate for this on your artwork and keep art simple. Do not align artwork against or under the embossing or foiling due to this shift. All embossing and foiling must be with in the safe area (please see Safe Area) and can not bleed over the edges. Avoid using thin fonts and thin lines. Foiling and embossing is a delicate process and due to the limitations certain point sizes may not register (Recommended minimum 10pts or above depending on font).

If you have foiling with UV please keep the foil 1/8" from any UV. If UV is placed under any of the foiling it will tend to flake off so please check your artwork carefully (See When Using Multiple Add On Services for more information).


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plus iconSpot UV Requirements

When creating a UV mask you must create a separate file along with your regular artwork. This file must be 100% black (no other colors, gradients, or shading) and white. The black will represent where the UV mask will be, almost like a template over your artwork. Anywhere with white will not have UV.

Paper stock of 14 pt will offer an option of having spot UV on two sides. If you wish to have UV on only one side please go ahead and upload a blank white file the exact dimensions of your front artwork. This will tellthe production team that there is no UV on that particular side.


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plus iconWhen Using Multiple Add On Services (Embossing, UV, Foiling)

We do not recommend using multiple services that puts too much stress on the paper. When combining two or three of these services certain imperfections may appear due to this stress. Foiling may flake, embossing may not show up as clear, and the UV may crack. Please be aware of this when creating your artwork.


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plus iconFolding Requirements

All folds may come standard with our brochures and no custom folds are allowed. Please compensate for a shift that may occur during the folding process (up to an 1/8"). All artwork should be within the safe area between each panel that is folded (See Safe Area for more information). Artwork that is exactly lining up against these fold lines is not recommended due to this limitation. When creating something like a greeting card or folded business card remember to check the orientation before submitting. We highly recommend referring to our templates to see the orientation of each panel (See Orientation for more information).

For more complicated orders like vertical brochures and any custom orders that has a more complicated orienation we do ask that you call customer service at

Templates are available on our website. Please remove the template before submitting your artwork.


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plus iconScoring Requirements

A score is a crease made in a sheet made of a heavy stock paper to eliminate cracking and to facilitate a straight and accurate fold. Please be aware that a slight shift in the score may happen during the scoring process (up to an 1/8"). Artwork that is exactly lining up against these score lines is not recommended due to this limitation.

You may have up to two scores done on any one product. The score can not be in different directions and must run parallel to each other. There must also be a minimum of 1.5" distance between each score. When uploading artwork with a score do not put instructions on the artwork or they may get printed. Instead please send us a separate instructional file to sales@grprint.com (Please see Samples & Instruction)


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plus iconPerforation Requirements

A perforation is a series of small holes done to a sheet of paper so that a section can tear easily over a straight line. Please be aware that a slight shift in the perforation may happen during the perforation process (up to an 1/8"). Artwork that is exactly lining up against these score lines is not recommended due to this limitation. You may have one score done on any one product. When uploading artwork with a score do not put instructions on the artwork or they may get printed. Instead please send us a separate instructional file to sales@grprint.com (See Samples & Instruction for more information)


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plus iconNumbering Requirements

When using numbering please lighten a box over the area you wish to have numbered. The dimensions of the box should be .75 x 3/8'. If you have two sets of numbers leave at least a space of 2.25" between the two boxes.

If you have a spot UV on the side that has the numbering on it please leave a space so the numbering can be printed properly. If you have foiling or embossing done to please have it at least 1/8" away from the numbering (See Foiling and Embossing Requirement for more information)


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plus iconBooklets Requirements

For booklets we require you to have a multi-page PDF of all your pages. They must be paginated in single page spreads starting from the cover first and numerically down to the back cover. Booklets also must have a 1/8" bleed on all sides. Two page spread artwork (artwork that flows into two pages) is not recommended since the trim may shift up to a 1/16 of an inch.

Please see PDF under Format Options for more information on what we require.


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plus iconBanners Requirements

Banners must be done at actual size. When submitting a rasterized image please have it at 100 DPI. No bleed is required for banners.

Grommets will be applied standard on your banner on each corner and for larger banners in the middle.

This product is not custom and grommets will be added at our discretion.
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plus iconEnvelope Requirements

All envelopes must follow the template given on our website. We recommend not having envelopes that bleed past the fold lines since the fold may shift during the process up to an 1/8".

If you plan on having color on the flap please make sure you leave a slight space between the fold and the flap (about 1/32". However we do not recommend using these types of designs due to the shift that may happen).

Templates are available on our website. Please remove the template before submitting your artwork.


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plus iconPresentation Folder Requirements

All presentation folders must follow the template given on our website. All presentation folders will come with a business card slit on the right panel.

Templates are available on our website. Please remove the template before submitting your artwork.


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plus iconEvent Ticket Requirements

All event tickets must following the template on our website. Please make sure to send us an instructional file if perforation and/or numbering is required (see Samples & Instructions and Numbering for more info). Orientation is critical for a two sided event ticket especially if they have a perforation. We highly recommend that you double check the orientation with us before submitting at 1-877-774-6818 or email us at sales@grprint.com (See Orientation for more information).

Templates are available on our website. Please remove the template before submitting your artwork.


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plus iconSamples & Instructions (Scoring, Numbering, Perforations)

Avoid sending proofs or samples along with artwork or within layers or it may get printed. If you wish to send us instructions on numbering, perforations, or scoring please send those files to sales@grprint.com .

To set up a perforation, scoring and/or numbering instruction you would send us a copy of the front artwork faded out by 50% then add a dashed line where you want the score or perforation to be. Please put in bold red over the dashed line PERF or SCORE. Where you wish to put the numbering place a white box with the number you want to start at. Include in the email the job number so we can reference your order and on the header type in SAMPLE INSTRUCTIONS.

Please be aware that the scoring and perforations may shift during this process up to an 1/8".


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