What is Paper Formation and How Will it Effect Your Printing?

If you have been a print designer or printer long enough, you have probably had this happen to you. The dreaded mottle on a solid flood of color when printing on an uncoated sheet. You know… that blotchy, splotchy look instead of a consistent and even coverage of ink. While there are many factors that can be attributed to mottled printing, such as ink color, press conditions and ink sequence, it also could be the paper’s fault. More specifically, the formation of the paper. Continue reading

Neenah Paper “Think Classic Papers” Printed Promo

 In our last post, we talked about the exciting changes in the Neenah Classics lines. (If you missed it, you can see the new colors and textures here.) Now it’s time to show you just how well the papers print with the introduction of the “Think Classic Papers” printed promo. Continue reading

Neenah Classic Lines Get a Makeover

Every five years or so, Neenah Paper refreshes and revamps a gradeline. This year all the Classic lines are getting a make over and it’s definitely one you don’t want to miss. Seriously, this one is absolutely fantastic! After 18 months of market research in 12 different cities, Neenah Paper and long time partner, Design Army, has introduced 8 new colors and two new finishes to the Classics family.

FIRST UP…THE NEW COLORS.
Bare White: We know what you’re thinking. Yet another white? But this subtle, slightly off-white  falls right between Avon Brilliant White and Classic Natural White. Not too white. Not too cream. It’s just right.
Cool Gray: Light shade that bridges the transition between Antique Gray and Pewter
Cadet Gray: Rich gray tone to round out the existing gray offering
Chambray: Fresh twist on denim blue
Aubergine: Deep color reminiscent of the rich purple of fresh eggplant
Military: Warm, rich, natural looking green
Cobalt: Timely and trending vivid blue
Imperial Red: Fresh, bright and fashionable red

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New Utopia Swatchbook Now Available

Boy, have we been waiting for these! Update your swatchbooks with this brand new one for Appleton Coated Utopia. There have been some changes to the line so it’s important to get rid of that old book so you are not specifying expired papers. Continue reading

Christian Bale Freaks Out On This Business Card

Before Christian Bale was Batman, he played the part of Patrick Bateman, a 1980’s Wall Street yuppie knee-deep in a culture self-obsessed with outward appearances, perceptions and the ability to get the best restaurant reservations at Dorsia. The attention spent on perfecting their slicked back hair and finely tailored Armani suits also applied to their business cards. Only the best would do. Watch what happens when this pack of wolves of Wall Street start comparing cards and judging each other based solely on paper and design.

Mohawk Maker Quarterly Issue #10

Mohawk has released Issue #10 of their mega-popular Maker Quarterly series. This issue discusses the topic of beauty and explores how different perspectives define it.

Here’s what we think is beautiful about this new issue. The printing and design is reflective of real-world budgets and good paper selection. It’s full of techniques any good offset printer can replicate and ideas applicable to your every day design. Continue reading

New! 2017 Field Paper Calendars

The holidays are over and we’re all trying to get back into our routines. No more of the constant supply of treats in the break room, midafternoon naps and late night Netflix binges! If you are anything like us, one of the first things we do in the new year is tear down that old, tattered, note riddled calendar and replace it with a new one. Although, many of us in the office have digital calendars or analog planners, we all agree that we like having a wall calendar we can use at a glance. There’s something about visually having those blocks of days in front of us to help reference where we are and how much time we have left in a month to help us schedule and plan.

The new 2017 Field Paper calendars are available and tout the theme of “At Your Service”, highlighting 12 ways we go the extra mile for our customers. We teamed up with the fine folks at Webster Design and Regal Print for the the design and printing and they did a bang up job! Check these guys out if you are in the Omaha market.

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7 Tips to End Your Envelope Struggles

4-np-env-sampler-np15096-cover_flatIt’s the start of the holiday season and that means one thing…holiday cards. Maybe some of you have been proactive little elves and already have yours signed and ready to mail, but for  others who may be just starting to think about them, there is one thing that can throw a monkey wrench into your plans pretty quickly. The envelope.

Here are 7 envelope tips:

Determine the envelope size before you design what goes into it. We can’t tell you how many calls we get with someone looking for an odd sized envelope to fit an odd sized card that has already been designed, or worse, already printed. The result is usually compromising for an envelope that is too big for the card, which just looks like a sloppy afterthought.

Use a standard size envelope. These sizes are standard in the industry and are readily available in a variety of papers. A list of standard sizes is here. Continue reading

Two Utopia Grades Discontinued

IMG_1036The Appleton Coated grade, Utopia, has been streamlined with the following changes:

UTOPIA ONE IS DISCONTINUED.
It will be available on a making basis with a minimum of 60,000# per basis weight and finish.
Substitute: Utopia Premium.
It is a commercial shade match to Utopia One which will keep printing and color consistent with jobs that were printed in the past.
Substitute: U1X.
This is the “green” sister of Utopia One and contains increased post consumer recycled content of 20% instead of 10% and is FSC certified. U1X is a different and bluer white shade and has an increased brightness of 97, which is ideal for vibrant printing and 4-color photography.
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Two Sides Busts Paper Myths at Field Paper Show

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Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the annual Field Paper Show! It’s always so nice to see our customers gathered in one place – talking with our mill reps, getting new ideas, discovering new products and going home with stuffed bags. Those who listened to our speaker, Phil Riebel of Two Sides, also walked away with a new understanding on common misperceptions about paper, print and the environment. So many people requested Phil’s slideshow that we are putting the PDF deck here. Also available for download are the brochure and posters Phil handed out at the show – Myths & Facts brochure, How Paper Is Made poster, Sustainable Forestry poster, Ready to Bust Some Myths poster.

For those of you who missed the presentation, Two Sides is the myth buster for the paper and print industry. They dispel environmental misconceptions with verifiable facts, information and studies to promote responsible production and use of print and paper. The most interesting and incredible impact they have is when they work with large corporations to help them change their “save a tree, go paperless” claims in their marketing. So far, they have influenced 65 leading companies to remove those false claims that have been misleading the public for years. Continue reading