Colour Space: Monitor Colour Display (RGB) versus Digital Printing (CMYK)

One of the most common questions when utilizing professional printing services is why don't the colors that are seen on a monitor match what is printed? If you design something on a computer and send it to print, it's important to know this difference to avoid potential frustration, especially when utilizing digital printing services. If you have ever designed a document containing fluorescent green or bright orange, and it has come back muddy colours from the printer, the RGB to CMYK conversion may be to blame.  Once you understand the RGB to CMYK conversion, you can hopefully avoid common pitfalls when...

May 29th, 2022

Everything You Need to Know About Lamination

Most people are familiar with lamination in a very general way, having perhaps laminated an identification card or some other important paper-based item at one time to prevent it from fraying, disintegrating, or being damaged from a liquid. Lamination, however, can be used in a variety of other applications for personal and professional uses that are helpful for preserving important documents, projects, and images. Besides preservation, lamination is useful for enhancing a project or document's appearance and even offers hygienic benefits. What is Lamination? Lamination is a way to add an extra layer or coating of material on top of a project...

January 13th, 2022

Why PDF files are preferred for printing

Whether you’re an architect or graphic designer, one of the most rewarding aspects of any visual-based career is pressing ‘print’ after a project. At the same time, printers sometimes seem as if they have a mind of their own. Despite the odd problems with PDFs there are several key reasons why industry professionals choose PDF files for printing: #1. Automatic Embedding Fonts and images are supposed to be automatically embedded into PDF files once converted. But a font can only be embedded if it’s vendor or owner enabled this option in font settings. The fonts that are not embedded and are unconventional...

November 16th, 2021

How to Print the Perfect Gray with Your Digital Printer

After weeks of designing, engineering, or modelling, you’ve finally sent your files to print. Now, there’s just one issue you hadn’t anticipated: the colour gray doesn’t look gray when it’s printed.  Why is Gray Difficult to Print? Unfortunately, gray is a challenging colour to print perfectly. On a screen, it’s made up of a solid colour, but in printing that colour is created by a series of dots that our eyes blend together. Digital printing uses larger dots, which are more noticeable when the dots are only using black ink. For optimal results, we recommend a gray that is made from a...

September 29th, 2021

How to undertake your office’s Archive Scanning Project!

Every office has one. It might be hidden away in the basement or looming over in the corner, but it’s getting bigger and bigger every year… your project archives! This article will tell you how to undertake your office’s archive scanning and the easiest way to turn decades of scattered drawing sets into a thumb drive of clearly organized and searchable projects. Find a Qualified Reprographics Shop First, you need a company that’s taken on archive scanning projects before. After all, once you recycle the originals, there’s no redoing the job. Any reprographics shop can scan your hardcopy drawings to PDF, but...

June 18th, 2021

TR Trades Reproduction Ltd.

1744 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver BC

Mon to Thurs 7:30am to 9:00pm
Friday 7:30am to 5:30pm
Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm
After hours printing available!