We offer state of the art digital printing on the newest and best hardware and software available to provide offset-like quality on all digital print jobs.

Digital press prints are not archival, but provide excellent critical colour short run prints for art cards, press prints, greeting cards, calendars, art books, self-publishing, invitations, bookmarks, or custom calling/business cards.

Our equipment provides exceptional image quality with the highest resolution available in its class – 2400 x 2400 dpi. Expect smooth colour sweeps; sharp, high-resolution images; crisp, clean text, and fine detail. We follow a professional proofing process in which press proofs are inspected by the artist (via appointment or mail), so you are never disappointed in seeing your work in print.

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We use a state of the art Xerox digital press that produces smooth colour sweeps, sharp, high-resolution images, crisp, clean text, outstanding gradients, and fine detail. A digital print is created, using the process of Xerography, the electrostatic transfer of dry toner powder attracted to a light sensitive selenium drum onto paper. Our equipment provides exceptional image quality with the highest resolution available – 2400 x 2400 dpi.

We follow a professional proofing process in which press proofs are inspected by the artist (via appointment or mail), so you are never disappointed in seeing your work in print.

For archival printing please see our giclee section of the web site.

  • Scanning/Capture of Images
    Options:
    A. Scanning:  Watercolours and matte art works are best scanned for exceptional detail and colour precision.
    B. Capture: 
 Glossy and varnished paintings are best shot with a digital camera as the lighting can be polarized to reduce reflection.
    C. Provided digital file: You can provide your own digital files. Images should be provided at 100% at 300-400 dpi in RGB (tiff is best). Best to include a colour/greyscale reference in your image to adjust for colour cast and reduce calibration time.
  • Design & Layout
    We design each new card series to reflect your style of art and personal taste. Gallery style card designs include images, bio, copyright, website, and contact information. We also offer low cost template card designs with just the basic info. Once the new cards are designed we send out PDF proofs for you to make any changes/corrections. This is also the time to select your paper preference. See our design page for samples of our design work.
  • Printers Proofs
    Once the designs and text copy are proofed, we calibrate your card images to your original art or to your eye. Full size colour proofs are generated for you to approve (by mail or in person). These proofs are filed along with your archived digital files to make sure that all repeat orders are the same colours (our specialty).
  • Impositions
    Each card, invite, or bookmark is printed on our standardized press sheet (19″ x 13″), and, depending on the size of the cards, the images are repeated (i.e., 2up, 3up, etc.) to maximize the use of the paper.
  • Printing
    Cards are processed and ripped through our state of the art EFI Splash colour server for excellent critical colour reproduction and repeatability on our digital press. We pay close attention to image quality and colour consistency for every order. Not only can we get the colour right, we can reproduce it time and time again.
  • Cutting, Scoring & Bundling
    We cut your cards to size on our precision hydraulic cutter. 
Each card has its centre fold scored in a professional scoring machine (prepared for folding), and cards are bundled in packs of 50, 75, or 100.
  • Presentation Accessories
    Need matching envelopes and bags?
    
Envelopes:  
We stock standard size envelopes for all art card sizes.
    Poly art bags:  
Resealable clear art bags keep your cards and envelopes clean and provide professional presentation. We have crystal clear biodegradable Eco bags too!
    Accessories: 
We carry a number of presentation products, such as foam core backing, Bristol board, and boxes and bags for greeting card packs. We can also special order just about anything your heart desires.
  • See our pricing page or feel free to contact us for pricing on your particular project.

If you are a photographer and you would like to get greeting cards or small digital press prints of your photographs be aware that there are some differences in the way your images will print on photo paper versus card stock. Photo paper (either printed with an inkjet or with a photo lab process) allows for finer detail and more accurate tonal gradation vs the digital press. When printing on card stock there are some technical limitations – large areas with mid-tone colours (like blue sky) can create visual “noise” or banding in the final image.

Depending on your images, you may not have any problems at all, but we are fussy about getting our clients a good result so we will always personally examine your images before printing and advise you of any issues.  If we don’t see any problems in the digital files, we’ll go to the next step of creating a hard copy proof for your approval before we go ahead with the print run. If you’re in doubt about how your photographs would look as art cards, contact us and we’ll let you know what we see.

We offer a variety of standard sheets and specialty sheets!

Standard sheets:

• Kalima 14pt – Our most popular paper! Kalima is smooth, bright white and coated (slightly glossy). It’s perfect for reproducing rich, vibrant colours. It’s very popular for prints from photography, acrylic, oils, and digital art. The sheets are stiff and substantial, making for high quality professional-looking art cards and prints. Acid Free. FSC certified and made in Canada.

• Finch Fine ID 14pt – This is our most popular uncoated (matte) stock sheet. Finch is a substantial weight for cards and prints. Great for reproductions of pencil and watercolor art or whenever a matte surface is desired. Bright white and smooth. Made in the USA. FSC certified and SFI certified.

• McCoy Silk – Available in text and cover weights and coated on one or both sides. McCoy silk paper has a silk smooth surface ideal for posters, books and other lightweight items where glossy vibrant colors and crisp text are needed. Bright white. Made in the USA. FSC certified Green-e and SFI certified.

Specialty Papers – These papers are 30% more than our standard sheets:

• Mohawk Everyday Digital Vellum 100lb Cover – An acid-free white sheet with a nicely textured finish. The surface is similar to that of a textured art paper. Ideal for reproducing watercolors or drawings that look best on a matte toothy surface. This is a heavy weight paper so in addition to art prints, it can also be used for cards. Acid free. FSC certified Green-e and SFI certified.

NEW! – Mohawk Superfine 100lb text – A lighter weight textured paper available in a bright white or warm white finish. The eggshell surface is similar to a textured art paper. The lighter weight makes it perfect for prints that will be shipped rolled up in a tube. Acid free and archival. FSC certified and made with wind power. Made in the USA.

• Aspire Petallics Pearl Paper 100lb cover – A heavy weight paper with a pearlescent finish, the mica coated metallic surface will add a shimmer to your cards and prints. Creates a wonderful effect with prints of digital art, paintings, and photography. Your images will really stand out! Acid free, lignin free. SFI certified. Made in the USA.

• Finch Vanilla – 14pt heavy weight matte paper in a warm vanilla colour. Ideal for reproducing works in black such as line drawings and lino prints. We don’t recommend this paper for colorful projects as the vanilla colour of the paper will affect your printed colors. Made in the USA. FSC certified and SFI certified.

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