TYPES OF PRINTING


Whatever your vision is for your next print project, Powerhouse Print Solutions can make it a reality. Although we will employ whichever print method is most suitable for the project, our clients’ jobs typically fall within two main types of printing:digital and offset.

Digital Printing

Digital printing is a printing technique where the print image is sent directly to the printer via PDFs or other compatible software and eliminates the need for a printing plate.

A) Small format – most often used for small run jobs like postcards, posters or handouts because it typically provides a quicker turn-around time and lower cost due the absence of printing plates. It also allows for on-demand printing and variable data imaging (e.g. imprinting individual addresses on envelopes for a mail-out). Drawbacks to this process can include loss of fine image detail and lack of precise colour.

B) Large format – this category, as the name implies, includes large indoor and outdoor signage, banners, vinyl graphics and other larger-scale displays.

Offset Printing

Offset printing is a printing technique where the inked image is transferred from a plate to a rubber blanket and then to the printing surface.

A) Sheet-fed – single sheets of paper are fed into the press one at a time via a suction bar that lifts and drops each sheet into place. Particularly effective for larger runs of 500+, sheet-fed jobs provide a consistent high image quality and can incorporate a wide variety of dynamic options (e.g. embossing, varnishes, die cutting, foiling and more). Used most often for projects such as annual reports, presentation folders, manuals and marketing materials.

B) Web-fed – the paper is fed into the press via continuous rolls of paper as opposed to flat sheets. This process is typically used for very large runs of 10,000+ (e.g. magazines, store flyers, advertisements for mail-drops, etc.)

When the project calls for it, we also employ printing techniques like screen printing (used recently for a very precise colour match required on signage that large format digital printing could not provide) or dye sublimation printing (used for flags, tents, tablecloths, etc).

Not sure what you’re looking for, or confused by all the options? No problem! We’ll ask all the right questions to find out what you hope to accomplish (we’re great listeners!), and then show you all the options for creating an end result that sets you apart from your competition.

SPECIALTY PRINT SERVICES

Bringing your unique vision to life - in print

In the print world, it is absolutely the little things that count—those small details that make your flyer catch your prospective customers’ attention, or a spot varnish that makes a stand-out piece in a typically dry annual report.

If you’re fortunate enough to be working with a great graphic designer, he or she will likely provide you with many options that fall into this category of “Making You Look Good”, such as:

  • Foiling
  • Embossing
  • Die-cut pieces (e.g. a flyer in the shape of a bulldog)
  • Spot coatings
  • High-gloss covers (think Vanity Fair)
  • Perfect binding
  • Barcodes
  • Numbering

Bring us your designer’s ideas for those perfect finishing touches, and we’ll make them come alive in a flawless finished product. Don’t have a graphic designer? No need to panic: our in-house designers can help you develop that vision and recommend the best finishes to get your project noticed.

THE SOLUTION

What brings you to Powerhouse Print Solutions? If you’re like the majority of our customers, you likely fall into one of these three groups:

1. The graphic designer who needs to turn a sketch, world-class logo, or another creation into a finished product.

2. The business owner who knows how important it is to have high-quality brochures, flyers, and other printed materials—but might not know exactly how to go about getting it done.

3. The person at the office, on the committee, or new on the job who got stuck with a finished product and doesn’t know what to do with it next.

Sound familiar?

Whether you’re that top-notch designer looking for an equally exceptional print house to get it done right the first time, or the businessperson who might need some gentle hand-holding to walk you through a project from the early stages of design all the way through to delivery, our team of experts here at Powerhouse Print Solutions will make it happen.

You’ve got a Word document and need it rendered using Indesign? Got it covered!

What about installing window vinyl? Yes, we do that too.

The last person in your position at work left behind 90,000 mail-outs to send. We’ll give you all the insider tricks to get it done quickly and without losing your sanity.