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We can accept nearly any file type, however, to ensure what you see is what you get, the ideal file type is a print ready PDF. A print ready PDF is exported at the size you want printed and at an ideal image resolution of 300dpi.

Crop marks: Also known as trim marks, crop marks are lines printed in the corners of your publication’s sheet or sheets of paper to show the printer where to trim the paper. Crop marks should be included on all small format prints that are full bleed.

Bleed: Any portion of the design that extends beyond the edge of the trim lines.

Bleed vs No Bleed

On a PC: We recommend using a popular free software, 7-Zip, to compress your files. You can download 7-Zip by visiting our Downloads page.

On a Mac: Right click on the file you would like to compress and select “Compress” from the drop-down menu.

Downloads

Place all your orders online with our DirectFTP online ordering system. With the DirectFTP you can place orders online fast, get confirmation your order has been placed, and keep a record of your previous job in your email for easy re-ordering purposes. If you are a first time user please call us at 604.736.4571 x 112 to set up an account and we’ll walk you through ordering for your first time.

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Visit our Scanning page, or if you have a specific inquiry, give us a call and we will let you know how we can help you!
 
# of Originals: the # of pages in the original PDF that you are submitting (ex. You may be submitting one PDF, with 76 pages for printing. In this case, the number of originals would be 76).

# of Sets: the # of copies you would like of the original file (ex. You may like 2 copies of the 76 page PDF you submitted, making your number of sets 2).

We can accommodate hundreds of different media requests ranging from waterproof substrates, to backlit displays, to high-end archival canvases that are displayed in museums. Depending on your specific job requirements and budget, we will have a media to suit your needs. Please contact our sales department with your specific request at 604.736.4571 x 2.

Explore all our binding methods by visiting our Binding page.
 
TR Trades has partnered with many print companies across Canada and the United States. If you have a job with a tight deadline that needs to be in Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Saskatoon or even New York, TR Trades can take care of the details. Just specify the intended destination in your delivery instructions and we will make sure your jobs arrive correctly and on time.

Take a look at our sheet size diagrams, where you can find the dimensions of each sheet size per category. They’re printable too – in case you want to keep them handy for reference!

 

Paper Sizes:

 

Engineering


Architectural


Metric


Small Format

 

Half-size sets are actually a 50% scaled reduction of both the width and height of a full-size drawing. “Half-size” is an industry standard term that does not reflect an arbitrary page size. Make sure you do not confuse “half-size” with a “half-page”, as one can be considerably larger than the other.

Open your PDF in Adobe Acrobat and hover your cursor over the lower left hand side of the window. The dimensions of your file will appear in the lower left hand corner of the window.

If you are viewing the file in Preview on a Mac, you will want to use the Inspector to determine your page size. To access the Inspector, either use the shortcut “Command + i” or select “Tools” then “Show Inspector”. A general info panel will appear and you can find your page dimensions next to “Page Size”.

In Preview, if your page size is appearing in centimeters and you would like for it to always appear in inches, you will need to change your measurement units in your settings. To do so, access your System Preferences > Language & Region > Formats > Measurement Units and change the unit from Metric to US. Your page size will now appear in inches.

Reprographics is an umbrella term that encompasses multiple forms of reproducing content, such as scanning, photography, xerography and digital printing. Reprographics can refer to both physical (hard copy) and digital (soft copy) reproduction of documents or images.

This may sound like a silly question, but…?

There are no silly questions! If you’re unsure about something, give us a call and let us help you out!

TR Trades Reproduction Ltd.

1744 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver BC
604.736.4571
digital@trtrades.com

Mon to Thurs 8am - 7pm
Friday 8am - 5:30pm
Saturday 9am - 4pm
After hours printing available!

“McKenzie is always eager to respond and help. Great customer service as always!”
Smart Design Group

McKenzie

Account Manager

McKenzie joined the TR team with a solid foundation of experience in the print industry. His career began in production, where he developed his skills in maintenance, operations and finishing. Quickly recognized for his talent, initiative and charisma, McKenzie was promoted to Production Lead. At the helm of the production team, he proved a natural leader and infected the team with his positivity and work ethic.

After building his knowledge leading the production team, McKenzie progressed into the Sales department, honing his sales skills under the leadership of Carla Duncan and TR’s customer focused approach. His natural penchant for customer service and dedication to quality assurance proved an ideal fit for the TR sales team where McKenzie now functions as Account Manager.

Never one to rest on his laurels, McKenzie enhanced his knowledge with sales courses at BCIT and can regularly be seen applying his skills throughout the shop. Don’t be surprised to find him supporting the finishing department, assisting clients at the front desk, or onsite ensuring installations surpass customer expectations.

Also goes by: Mac

Interesting fact about McKenzie: he can be found on Wikipedia

Best described in three words as: loyal, funny, and stubborn

Cannot live without: his back massager

Quote to live by: “When you look at someone through rose-coloured glasses, all the red flags just look like flags” – Wanda the Owl

“Bruce has always provided excellent customer service.”
InterCAD Services Ltd.

Bruce

CAD & eProject Manager

When you meet Bruce you automatically know he is a seasoned professional in the reprographics industry. Starting out as a driver for Hughes Owens Printing in 1978, he eventually transitioned to Trimen Blueprinting where he acted as a reprographics technician for 13 years. With the onset of the digital era in 2000, TR Trades hired Bruce as CAD Manager. Since then he has been an invaluable asset to the company and anyone who has questions regarding CAD plotting. When Bruce is not overseeing others in the CAD department, he spends countless hours troubleshooting client issues, unearthing customer print errors, and providing eProject software support. He is regularly looked to for printing advice by both coworkers and clients.

Bruce is also well versed in troubleshooting onsite issues and participating in client presentations, having assisted Carla and TR sales staff in many client meetings. If you’re looking for a history lesson on the print industry or if you want to optimize your drawings for print, you’ll want to call on Bruce. Many may not know, but Bruce is a musician at heart! He originally studied engineering and math, eventually realizing it was not the career path he wished to pursue. Following this, Bruce went on to complete both a music program and a piano technician program through Douglas College. During his spare time, you’ll find him creating music or acting as a vocalist in several bands. When he is not playing the guitar and recording music, you can find Bruce tinkering around on one of his computers or watching hockey.

Also goes by: Stretch

Best described as: Humble

Favourite place in Vancouver: Minnekhada, Coquitlam

Guilty pleasure: Audio software

Favourite TV show: Hockey

Ideal meal: Mac & cheese (with ketchup)

Cannot live without: Music

Carla Duncan

President

Having worked in the family business since before she can remember, Carla has a natural talent for helping clients reach their printing goals. Always an advocate for education, Carla completed the Marketing Management course at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and then obtained a degree in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University with a double major in Management Technology and Human Resources. And all of this is in addition to sales and marketing courses at BCIT!

Combining her extensive education with a lifetime of experience, Carla is a driving force behind the success of TR Trades. On a daily basis, she can be found anywhere in the shop, always striving to enhance client satisfaction. Her familiarity with our systems, equipment, and services make her uniquely capable of ensuring clients benefit from every possible way that TR Trades can help businesses grow.

Favourite place in Vancouver: None. She would rather be off the grid camping!

During her free time you can find her: riding her atv or dirtbike, camping in the wild, fishing off the West Coast, fishing in a river, or in her garden.

Ideal meal: steak and double stuffed potatoes

What gets her motivated in the morning: coffee and coming to work!

Contact Me

“If you’re looking for an alternative option to your current print supplier, please call my cell at 604.376.7803. I would love to speak with you about how we can help your business.

604.736.4571 x 121