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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...

The Printing Process

- Thursday, June 27, 2013

This blog is courtesy of our paper peeps BJ Ball Papers.


Photography by Tobias Black


There are many different commercial printing methods and sometimes it's difficult to know which method to use in which situation. There are various factors that will influence your choice - time, cost and quality, but if you have an understanding of the most common methods and their economies it does make the decision a little easier.

 

Offset Lithographic

By far the most common form of commercial printing. Offset Lithographic, often referred to simply as Offset, is used to produce almost all volume based printed paper materials — including brochures, magazines, newspapers, letterheads, business cards, direct mail — the list goes on. There are two main sub-categories of Offset Lithographic printing;
    Sheet Fed: Uses paper that is pre-cut into sheets that are then run through the offset printer.
And;
    Web Fed (both heat set and cold set): uses a continual roll of paper that is fed at very high speed through the printing press.

Digital Printing

Digital Printing is fast becoming a major sector within the printing industry. As a term, Digital Printing encompasses many different types of technology from Toner based solutions such as Laser Printing to Ink based solutions such as Inkjets. Digital Printing ultimately allows for the economic printing of short run material (usually under 500-1000 units) and material which requires individualising (such as address labels feeding off a database). There are also high speed digital printing solutions such as the Ricoh Digital printer which rival Offset for both speed and image quality and are used for printing medium volume material.


Screen Printing

Screen Printing is employed for a variety of uses including branded apparel and signage. More recently screen printing onto paper has been superseded by wide format digital printing technologies.

Flexography

Flexography or Flexo as it is often referred to, is a form of letterpress printing that is used mainly for packaging or printing onto non-paper substrates (such as plastics, food wrapping etc) and is also used in printing reel fed labels. An alternative to Flexo is Gravure which produces a higher quality printed image, but due to the high set-up costs is usually reserved for very large print volumes.



Which Process?

Looking to do a print project? Not sure what print process you should be using based on the quantity you are producing?
Use the Print Process Chart to choose the right print process for your project:

Printing Onto Paper




Printing Onto Non Paper Substrates





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.


Fast Proof Press. The Brand

- Monday, May 27, 2013

Fast proof press
Progressive print

At the end of 2012 our Directors decided that it was time to re think the Fast Proof Press brand. "We needed a brand that reflected our ability to provide clients with the latest technological advances, combined with our knowledge and experience, to deliver powerful print materials in a digital era" 

With more than 30 years experience Fast Proof Press is a leader in innovation in the printing industry. Local Gold Coast brand specialists Pluvo were approached to create a new brand identity that would reflect this.

“We wanted to make an impression - literally!" said Pluvo Director Mark Goudie. "Based on this idea, we explored options for a logo icon which resembled printing in its a basic form. Using solid shapes and line work, we fused the letters F and P to create a solid icon. In order to get a little more in touch with possible outcomes for the Fast Proof Press identity, we hand crafted a 3 dimensional logo out of wood.
This process of creating the logo block from something tangible, using manual skills gave us an opportunity to step outside the box and have some fun with this brand. We see print as something very exiting; a method of communication that is hardly ever the same, is constantly progressing and changing. The print process gives the artist the freedom to communicate in ways that are completely unique to each individual.”

Here is the new brand created for Fast Proof Press, an iconic Queensland printer.