FAQ Breen Printing

Tips &
Education

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Here is where you will find training videos, printing and file supply guidelines, how-to guide or just general printing information that is interesting and useful to know. This page will continue to be updated based on the needs of our clients, please get in touch if there is anything not on here that you would like to know. We love to share our knowledge and are always happy to help.

How to Place
Your Order

We currently take orders by phone, email or you can drop in for an appointment to go over your job requirements. We quote the
best solution for you and once the quote is accepted your order will be processed by our creative team.

Supplying
Your Artwork

If supplying a print ready file, we prefer a press quality PDF. Our art team will check your file and either prepare it for production, or provide guidance on what is required to ajdust it for print.
Download our file supply guidline PDF here.

Creative
Services

Need help with your file? Our creative team can prepare your file for output. We can start designing from scratch or work with an existing file. We prepare PDF proofs for review and feedback via email or a hard copy.

Frequently asked
questions

WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON PRINT SIZES?

Australian print sizes are generally based on an A4 sheet
(210mm x 297mm) and include the following:

A0: 841mm x 841mm A5: 148mm x 210mm
A1: 594mm x 841mm A6: 105mm x 148mm
A2: 420mm x 594mm A7: 74mm x 105mm
A3: 297mm x 420mm DL: 99mm x 210mm
A4: 210mm x 297mm Business Card: 90mm x 55mm
I HAVE SUPPLIED A PRESS READY PDF FOR MY ORDER, DO I NEED TO SEE A PROOF?

In most instances a Press Ready PDF can go straight to print, we check all incoming files before output and will flag any issues if they come up asking for an updated file or giving you a quote for us to fix the issues. If you would like to see a proof before printing please let us know when placing your order.

WHEN WOULD I USE A PANTONE OR PMS COLOUR?

The Pantone Matching System (PMS) is a colour reference tool used primarily in the printing industry, in which colours are identified by an independent name or number. PMS colours offer a wider tonal range than CMYK and are used to precisely match colours and maintain consistency from job to job.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CMYK AND RGB?

CMYK refers to the primary colours of print, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black (aka “Key” in old printing terms), which is used for print communication such as business cards and brochures. RGB refers to the primary colours of light, Red, Green and Blue, which is used for digital communication such as websites and TV (anything you see on a screen). Printers and monitors produce colours in different ways and RGB has a wider spectrum of colours than CMYK. Designs that are intended for print should be designed in CMYK mode for an accurate outcome.

WHAT IS “BLEED”?

Bleed is the print that extends around the outside of your document that will be cut off during production. It is essential for all types of print products that have any image or colour that goes to the edge of the page. We prefer a minimum of 3mm bleed on all edges as this allows for a degree of movement when printing and trimming. Supplying a file without bleed could result on white lines after it has been trimmed (and don’t forget to include your crop/trim marks!).

Download our file supply guideline PDF above for more information.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OFFSET AND DIGITAL PRINTING?

Offset printing transfers ink from a metal plate to a rubber sheet, which then rolls the image onto paper. It is more economical where larger quantities are needed due to the setup costs involved. Offset printing provides accurate colour reproduction, and crisp, clean, professional looking printing.

Pros: Lower unit cost for larger quantity runs
Clean professional looking printing
PMS colour capability
Cons: More time consuming
Higher setup costs (not suitable for small runs or printed proofs)
No customisation capability

Digital printing does not require any plates, the toner (or ink) is applied directly to the paper from the machine. It’s the best solution for smaller run quantities or where multiple designs are required such as print projects with variable data (numbering, barcodes, addresses).

Pros: Lower unit cost for larger quantity runs
Clean professional looking printing
PMS colour capability

Cons: Limited size
“Shinier” print results (toner sits on top of sheet rather than soaking in like ink
No PMS colour capability

We are on youtube

We share all things print and prepress on our youtube page, including basic software
tutorials that will help you prepare your files for print.