Made to Endure Exhibition from Element

- Monday, August 19, 2013

Our friends at Element recently came to us about a great exhibition they were putting together featuring a  collection of inspiring photos from Element Advocates and team riders including: Brian Gaberman, Steve Gourlay, Brad Eastman, Jake Darwen, Bjorn Johnston, Corbin Harris, Bec Winnel, Kareena Zerefos, Courtney Brims, Sarah Larnach and Loretta Lizzio. 

To help present these amazing works, Fast Proof Press used our Epson large format digital printer to print directly onto Saunders  300gsm grain satin, hot pressed, 100% cotton duc watercolour paper. The results are beautiful, check them out for yourself...

Paper Isn't Dead

- Friday, June 14, 2013

To wrap up the week here is a funny video from France demonstrating that paper isn't dead. It's in French, but we think this sort of humor transcends language. Enjoy and have a great weekend

Weighing It Up

- Wednesday, June 12, 2013


Did you know that there is a magic formula to help you work out the weight of your project before it's printed? While Fast Proof Press are always more than happy to produce mock ups on your selected stock, but we understand that sometimes there just isn't enough time, or your client needs to know now if adding an additional 8 pages is going to send their postage costs through the roof, or you need to know right this very moment if choosing a 170gsm stock over a 150gsm stock is going to affect your delivery costs. Whatever the reason you just need to know NOW!

It's ok, don't panic here is the formula. The hardest thing about this will be deciding which stock will compliment your amazing design!

Height (expressed in metres eg. A4 is 0.297m) x width (.210m) x grammage (eg. 150gsm) x number of leaves at this size (eg. 2pp = 1 leaf) = weight of paper.
So, the weight of a Booklet with the following specifications:
210 x 210mm finished size   4pp cover plus 52pp text   300gsm cover, 150gsm text.

Cover:  .210 x .420 x 300 x 1= 26.46
Text: .210 x .210 x 150 x 26 = 171.99
Total= 188.45
...so if you round up, the weight of your booklet would be 189 grams.

Majestic Conscious

- Wednesday, June 05, 2013


As a second generation family business, Fast proof Press embrace the 'green' message and have implemented countless initiatives to become a leader in the field. Today we are using 89% less chemicals than we were five years ago. In our state of the art factory, a number of processes have been adopted to ensure we are 'green'. In fact, some of these have been in used by Fast Proof Press for almost ten years, including;

• Full paper, cardboard and timber pallet recycling
• Plate and plastic drum recycling
• Water recycling units on presses
• Dry, chemical FREE plate making
• Vegetable and soy-based inks.

We encourage all our clients to consider recycled paper products, alcohol free and waterless digital printing for their projects. We have taken it upon ourselves to provide our customers with our very own FSC Certified commodity stock range, Majestic. Ask us for a sample swatch and we would be happy to explain it to you when organising your next print job!
Overall Fast Proof Press is committed to the environment and welcomes any opportunity to improve the efficiencies of our print production.

Paper Grows On Trees

- Monday, June 03, 2013

There are a lot of interests competing for marketing dollars today. As a result, the myth of print not being environmentally friendly has been very well promoted. The print industry, in fact, is not only environmentally friendly but is one of the most sustainable industries around. The industry makes tremendous investments in applying renewable energy sources and creating environmentally friendly supplies.

This short video from International Paper compares factors in the manufacture and disposal of e-products and paper.