Working With Creative Agencies

Many of our customers are Creative Designers, Branding Agencies or Marketing Companies. They have they’re own ideas and visions to be transposed into print. What they often need from us is technical guidance or suggestions on how a design will be brought to life in print, how it will need to be planned or finished or perhaps what materials would be most suited to achieve the desired result.

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There’s no need to worry about us chasing your work or bidding for creative projects.

We just don’t do it and haven’t since we started.

We know what we do best and that is printing.

Of course we need to understand design and interpret a brief, but this is as a part of the printing process, not the creative agency service.

We have worked with many Design Agencies and we have great mutually beneficial relationships that have lasted many years.

Absolutely Confidential

There’s no need to worry about us chasing your work or bidding for creative projects. We just don’t do it and haven’t since we started. We know what we do best and that is printing. Of course we need to understand design and interpret a brief, but this is part of the printing process, not the creative agency service. We have worked with many design agencies and maintain excellent working relationships that have lasted many years.

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We really are confidential and we have undertaken many projects that we do not discuss with anyone other than the direct team involved.

We understand what integrity means and it isn’t in or interest to backdoor someone. It has never happened and never will.

Our premises have a “closed door policy” and access is by invitation or request only.

Any image or project seen on our website or any social media appears with the full knowledge and approval of the client involved. Nothing appears on any of our web spaces that would compromise or embarrass a client or its branding.

Standards and Proofing

We have Epson HD Quality inkjet proofing, colour calibrated to FOGRA standard and our printing presses. Allowing accurate pre-press colour approval at the proofing stage. We also offer an on press “wet proofing” service, specific to the exact material stock and running conditions, for absolute clarity of colour, stock suitability and image quality.

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Once you have received your proof we recommend that you give the printed proof a through final check prior to committing to a full print run. This gives us one last chance to rectify any issues before it is too late.

Lots of variables effect how the final printing will look for example, paper coatings, type of stock, ink weight and position or finishes such as UV enhancement or laminations.

For optimum print quality we need digital files to be printed on our HP Indigo saved at minimum 150 DPI and 300 DPI for lithographic printing, less than this the quality of the print could be compromised.

Don’t worry too much though, we preflight everything before it gets anywhere near our printing presses, so if you have missed something, there’s a very good chance we will let you know about it before it’s printed.

Artwork and Archives

Excel Colour Print can access all artwork file types from either PC or Mac based operating systems. Our studio is connected to the Adobe Creative Cloud and to most of the popular file transfer clients. We have a dedicated fibre optic lease line for speed of data transfer and an archiving system that enables us to recover past jobs over a several year period.

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Past jobs can be retrieved, amended and updated and then reprinted. We purge this data yearly, after consultation with you, so that both of our files remain up to date.

It is your choice what we keep on the system as “live” and what we archive deeper in the vaults.

You artwork is exactly that, YOURS, we have no problem returning it to you at any point.

Unlike some printers we do not make this difficult to tie you into us. If we do a good job, you will stay with us.

We really do not need to hold you to ransom with your artwork to retain you to us.