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Paper, Paper, and Paper!
 we love variety, which is why we strive to offer our customers with numerous options to choose from—including paper. From different thicknesses to various types of finishes, we know you'll find exactly what you need for your promotional needs!

14 pt. Gloss Coated Cover (C2S) with High Gloss UV

A go-to stock for most customers. This glossy, thick card stock has an additional layer of High Gloss UV Coating on the surface for a beautiful shine, great color reproduction, and extra protection from damage. You just can't go wrong! (You may choose to leave off the High Gloss UV Coating on the back.) Keep in mind that you cannot write or print on High Gloss UV-coated stocks.

14 pt. Premium Uncoated Cover

For those who prefer the simpler things in life, our Premium Cover is a thick card stock with none of the fancy stuff. It's uncoated and feels like slightly textured, natural paper.

16 pt. Dull Cover with Matte Finish

Another customer favorite, the 16 pt. is the thickest stock we offer. It's dull (not glossy), with a layer of Matte Finish applied for a smooth, silky surface that you can't resist touching!

24 pt. Trifecta Green – Triple-Layered Ultimate

The 24 pt. Trifecta Green is a triple-layered stock with green edges. This 520 gsm "Smart White" paper has a velvety finish for a finished piece with stunning, soft colors. Trifecta is simply the perfect paper for when you want to get noticed.

38 pt. Trifecta Black - Triple-Layered Ultimate

The 38 pt. Trifecta Black is a triple-layered stock with black edges. This 700 gsm "Smart White" paper has a velvety finish for a finished piece with stunning, soft colors. The black middle layer is thicker than the two white layers, creating a striking contrast. It's sleek, bold, and sure to get you attention.

38 pt. Trifecta Red - Triple-Layered Ultimate

The 38 pt. Trifecta Red is a triple-layered stock with red edges. This 700 gsm "Smart White" paper has a velvety finish for a finished piece with stunning, soft colors. The red middle layer is thicker than the two white layers, creating a striking contrast. It's sleek, bold, and sure to get you attention.

Recycled 100 lb. Dull Cover with Matte Finish Recycled 80 lb. Dull Text with Matte Finish

In an effort to expand our green initiative, we came up with the Recycled Dull stocks (and they're just as impeccable as our regular stocks). Similar to the finish of the 16 pt. Dull Cover, the Recycled 100 lb. Dull Cover (one of our thinnest card stocks) and the 80 lb. Dull Text (paper stock) are two of our recycled stocks for our environmentally friendly customers!

100 lb. Gloss Cover (C2S) with Aqueous Coating 100 lb. Gloss Book (C2S) with Aqueous Coating 80 lb. Gloss Book (C2S) with Aqueous Coating

The 100 lb. Gloss Cover is a glossy cover stock, whereas the 100 lb. Gloss Book and 80 lb. Gloss Book are text stocks. All three of these stocks are glossy, produce vibrant colors, and are coated with Aqueous Coating for better protection against stains and marks.

70 lb. Offset Opaque Smooth White

A popular stock for letterhead, envelopes, and notepads, this paper is compatible for use in your Laser or InkJet printer. Bright white, uncoated, and smooth: it's everything you need to make a great impression! Just be sure to avoid dark, heavy ink, as these may cause offsetting. In addition, we offer 60 lb. Gloss Coated Crack & Peel Label for Stickers, and high-quality signage material for Wide Posters, Banners, Clings, Decals, and Yard Signs.

Always remember:

  • Cover means card stock (thick paper).
  • Book or Text means paper (not as thick as card stock).
  • High Gloss UV is a high gloss coating, Aqueous is a glossy coating, and Matte Finish is a non-glossy, flat finish.
  • You cannot write or print on High Gloss UV-coated stocks, and we do not guarantee that you will be able to write on Aqueous-coated stocks.
  • We do not recommend using heavy, dark ink on uncoated stocks due to offsetting.
  • Glossy stocks provide brighter colors, whereas dull and uncoated stocks provide softer colors.
  • C2S indicates gloss coated on two sides.
 
We offer the following stocks:
  • 38 pt. Trifecta Black - Triple-Layered Ultimate
  • 38 pt. Trifecta Red - Triple-Layered Ultimate
  • 24 pt. Trifecta Green - Triple-Layered Ultimate
  • 16 pt. Dull Cover with Matte Finish
  • 14 pt. Gloss Coated Cover (C2S) with High Gloss UV
  • 14 pt. Premium Uncoated Cover
  • Recycled 100 lb. Dull Cover with Matte Finish
  • 100 lb. Gloss Cover (C2S) with Aqueous Coating
  • 100 lb. Gloss Book (C2S) with Aqueous Coating
  • 80 lb. Gloss Book (C2S) with Aqueous Coating
  • Recycled 100 lb. Dull Cover with Matte Finish
  • Recycled 80 lb. Dull Text with Matte Finish
  • 70 lb. Offset Opaque Smooth White
  • 60 lb. Gloss Coated Crack & Peel Label with High Gloss UV
  • 9 mil Photobase Glossy
  • 9 mil Photobase Matte
  • 8 mil White Static Cling Vinyl
  • 4mm Corrugated Plastic
  • 6mm Corrugated Plastic
  • 15 oz. Premium Scrim Glossy Vinyl
  • 15 oz. Premium Scrim Matte Vinyl
  • 4 mil White Calendered Vinyl
  • Clear BOPP (Indoor)
  • White BOPP (Indoor)
  • White Textured Estate #8 (Wine Label)
  • White Vinyl (Indoor/Outdoor)
Please also visit our Paper page for more information.
Polyboard Yard Signs are made of durable 24pt board stock, polyethylene coated on both sides. They are recommended for short-term use. Extreme weather conditions, moisture and/or excessive heat or cold may affect the longevity of the product.
 How do I set up artwork for Polyboard Yard Signs? 
We highly recommend to use our 24pt Polyboard Yard Signs templates. Bleed: no bleed, no crops - make your artwork exactly the size you are ordering.
  What is the finished size of the Polyboard Yard Sign?
 Polyboard Yard Signs are printed on 22" X 28" sheet and scored to fold to 22" X 14".
 What are the recommended installation options for Polyboard Yard Sign?
 Polyboard Yard Signs are pre-scored and ready to fold around a U-Frame. After folding, they can be stapled on either side with most standard medium to heavy duty staples to secure in place. They can also be glued or taped together.
 What are the U-Frames?
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Different versions of Illustrator– have different presets in the "Save PDF" dialog. The PDF presets in Illustrator CS will not save the PDF to the correct document size if any artwork extends past the edge of the document size. It will include all objects, including those that are not visible, producing a PDF with excess white space. This will produce a PDF that is the incorrect size. If not caught prior to submission it will not print as intended. For Illustrator CS2 and above it is recommended to use the "High Quality Print" preset. Every file is different and it is not– feasible– to include all possible issues in this FAQ. It is always best to double check your PDF for size and excess white space before uploading.
When designing plastic cards, it is important to keep in mind that the frosted and clear plastic cards are transparent. Also, all plastic cards come with round corners at no extra charge!
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 As you can see, the difference in the transparency is shown in the image above. The clear cards (right) are completely transparent. The frosted cards (center) are semi-transparent and cannot be seen through easily. The opaque white plastic cards (left) are solid white and not transparent at all. Keep this in mind when designing your plastic cards, it will affect how your design will print.
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 Since there is no white ink in CMYK, it is important to keep in mind that the frosted and clear plastic cards are transparent. The three designs above are the same as in the first picture. You will notice that the white area in the clear cards (right) and the frosted cards (center) has no ink and will show the transparent material it's printed on. In this case, the clear cards and frosted cards white area show up with no ink on the printed piece. Also, keep in mind that all colors that are printed on clear cards or frosted cards will be transparent as well.
 With the clear plastic cards, there might be a small percentage that may have light scratches. This issue originates from the manufacturer and is due to the material and handling. To help compensate for this, we run overs of the clear plastic cards to help meet the required quantity.
 Clear plastic cards will come with a thin protective layer on one side that can be peeled off. This is to prevent the cards from scratching during packaging and shipping.
There are three different ways Pantone colors can affect the way your job prints.
 The first is by object effects, such as shadows or glows, on top of your Pantone colors. Here is what the effects will look like on screen:
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 Here is what the effect looks like after printing:
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 As you can see, when a Pantone color is under these object effects, transparency issues show up during printing. To avoid this, convert all your Pantone colors into CMYK before submitting your order.
 The second way Pantone colors can affect your file is when you use transparent images. Here is what a transparent image looks like on screen:
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 Here is what a transparent image looks like after printing:
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 You can see the image is no longer transparent on top of the Pantone color. These white areas will show up during printing. To fix this issue, convert all your Pantone colors into CMYK. This must be done before submitting the order.
 The last way Pantone colors can affect your order is the color conversion between a Pantone color and CMYK. If you use Pantone colors in a job that will print CMYK, your job might print with undesirable colors.
 Here are some examples of what the Pantone color looks like in the Pantone color book and what the CMYK print will look like:
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If you send in a job with Pantone colors, the CMYK conversion will change the Pantone color. Before sending your order, make sure all Pantone colors have been converted to CMYK.
When exporting from any program such as Indesign or Illustrator, use these settings to make sure your .PDF files export correctly.
 EXPORT SETTINGS FOR .PDF FILES
 Adobe PDF Preset is set to: Press Quality
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 Compatibility is set to: Acrobat 4 (PDF 1.3)
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 Compress Text and Line Art is set to: Off
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 - OR -
 We also have a PDF Preset (.joboptions file) to make it easy to create a Print Ready PDF. Download the file, then double click. This will install a Preset into all Adobe products (Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, etc..) so you can choose it while saving your PDF.
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 NOTE: Due to Adobe limitations, this preset will not convert all colors into CMYK. You must convert all colors to CMYK before saving your file.
When sending artwork, do not send extra files, like proofs or samples, because they might get printed. Only send the files you need printed.
 DO NOT SEND THESE KINDS OF FILES
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 We are not responsible for these kinds of files being printed. Unless requested by one of our employees, DO NOT send files that you do not want printed.

Proof

Online Proof:
  • After receiving your file(s), we will review each file. If we find any problems, we'll contact you, otherwise you'll receive a PROOF of your job on the internet to review within 24 hours (1 business day).
For Booklets, Calendars and Catalogs:
  • After receiving your file(s), we will review each file. If we find any problems, we'll contact you, otherwise you'll receive a PROOF of your job on the internet to review within 48 hours (2 business day).
  • You may also request a hard copy high resolution proof for additional fee
Plotter Cut - Lettering or Graphics Cut From A Solid Sheet Of Vinyl - Usually done with a plotter - This Type of Signage is limited, you can not do Shadowing and it would be impractical to have a lot of colors because each color would haft to be installed separately, but in most cases with a simple design this type of signage is a little cheaper. Here are some samples of Plotter cut and printed door magnets