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a last curtain call in a nostalgic farewell

Darina Laing - Friday, August 23, 2013

This week we said farewell to a much used plate processor and moved into the future with our Sonora process free plates. No more chemicals means that FPP are now more environmentally friendly than ever (not to mention the Pre-press team are super excited about no more chemical stains on their favorite band t-shirts).

To make the passing of old faithful, here is a great music video from Musician Julian Corrie who used outdated technology as his inspiration to compose a haunting song titled "Polybius."
On the video's Vimeo page, Houston refers to the track as "a last curtain call in a nostalgic farewell to forgotten friends."

We could not have said it better ourselves.

Made to Endure Exhibition from Element

Darina Laing - Monday, August 19, 2013

Our friends at Element recently came to us about a great exhibition they were putting together featuring a  collection of inspiring photos from Element Advocates and team riders including: Brian Gaberman, Steve Gourlay, Brad Eastman, Jake Darwen, Bjorn Johnston, Corbin Harris, Bec Winnel, Kareena Zerefos, Courtney Brims, Sarah Larnach and Loretta Lizzio. 

To help present these amazing works, Fast Proof Press used our Epson large format digital printer to print directly onto Saunders  300gsm grain satin, hot pressed, 100% cotton duc watercolour paper. The results are beautiful, check them out for yourself...

and the winner is...

Darina Laing - Wednesday, August 14, 2013

 

Congratulations to Naomi Brewer, the winner of the Fast Proof Press Pantone Essentials Competition.
Here is the lovely Naomi accepting her Essentials Kit (courtesy of our colour peeps at Hostmann-Steinberg) from our Sales Director Daniel Whitton.

 

Want to join the team?

Darina Laing - Tuesday, August 13, 2013

 

Fast Proof press are searching for an outstanding Sales Representative to join our team.
We are searching for a Sales person to extend our client base while maintaining our high standards and reputation in the industry.
You will be supported by one of the best print teams in Australia with an arsenal including digital presses through to A1 colour perfecting presses, an extensive bindery including a newly installed perfect binder, saddle stitching and in-house die cutting capabilities.

YOUR EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
You will already be in a sale role within the commercial print industry and will have a network of contacts.
You must be able to demonstrate your ability to work independently while maintaining a strong communication channels.
A comprehensive understanding of the offset print process is required.

SALARY
Salary will be based on performance capabilities + car allowance, fuel & communications equipment.

So you think you have what it takes? Send through your resume to darina@fpp.net.au

Size Really Does Matter

Darina Laing - Monday, August 05, 2013

This post is courtesy of our paper peeps at BJ Ball papers


In the printing world size does truly matter. Set your artwork to the wrong size or get the size wrong in your quote specifications and it can cause some major issues. To help prevent such issues here is your clear guide to standard Australian & New Zealand paper sizes.

 

 

 

Guideline to supplying your Press Ready PDF

Darina Laing - Tuesday, July 09, 2013

 

In the printing world the quality of the supplied print ready files has just as much influence on the final result as the craftsman operating the press. Supplying a file which doesn't check all the boxes can have detrimental results, costing both time and money.

So what are the boxes you need to check? Glad you asked! Here is the Fast Proof Press Guideline to Supplying Your PDF.
If you have any questions about the best way to set up your files please contact our Prepress department on 07 5578 4722

 

Friday Awesomeness

Darina Laing - Friday, June 28, 2013
Good Morning! It's Friday, the sun is shinning and we are pumping out the print. Today's post is quite possibly the best video we have seen this week.

*Warning, this video has absolutely nothing to do with print. It is just simply awesome.*

The Printing Process

Darina Laing - Thursday, June 27, 2013

This blog is courtesy of our paper peeps BJ Ball Papers.


Photography by Tobias Black


There are many different commercial printing methods and sometimes it's difficult to know which method to use in which situation. There are various factors that will influence your choice - time, cost and quality, but if you have an understanding of the most common methods and their economies it does make the decision a little easier.

 

Offset Lithographic

By far the most common form of commercial printing. Offset Lithographic, often referred to simply as Offset, is used to produce almost all volume based printed paper materials — including brochures, magazines, newspapers, letterheads, business cards, direct mail — the list goes on. There are two main sub-categories of Offset Lithographic printing;
    Sheet Fed: Uses paper that is pre-cut into sheets that are then run through the offset printer.
And;
    Web Fed (both heat set and cold set): uses a continual roll of paper that is fed at very high speed through the printing press.

Digital Printing

Digital Printing is fast becoming a major sector within the printing industry. As a term, Digital Printing encompasses many different types of technology from Toner based solutions such as Laser Printing to Ink based solutions such as Inkjets. Digital Printing ultimately allows for the economic printing of short run material (usually under 500-1000 units) and material which requires individualising (such as address labels feeding off a database). There are also high speed digital printing solutions such as the Ricoh Digital printer which rival Offset for both speed and image quality and are used for printing medium volume material.


Screen Printing

Screen Printing is employed for a variety of uses including branded apparel and signage. More recently screen printing onto paper has been superseded by wide format digital printing technologies.

Flexography

Flexography or Flexo as it is often referred to, is a form of letterpress printing that is used mainly for packaging or printing onto non-paper substrates (such as plastics, food wrapping etc) and is also used in printing reel fed labels. An alternative to Flexo is Gravure which produces a higher quality printed image, but due to the high set-up costs is usually reserved for very large print volumes.



Which Process?

Looking to do a print project? Not sure what print process you should be using based on the quantity you are producing?
Use the Print Process Chart to choose the right print process for your project:

Printing Onto Paper




Printing Onto Non Paper Substrates





Fast Proof Press Pantone Essentials Competition

Darina Laing - Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Take a look at what our buddies from Hostmann-Steinberg just delivered! Don't forget to head on over to http://tinyurl.com/FPPWin and enter your details to be in the running to win this lovely Pantone Plus Essential Kit.

  

Crafted.

Darina Laing - Friday, June 21, 2013

A wise person once stated that offset printing is a mix of art and science. Although the process is highly technical (the science part), the press operator also carries a lot of weight in achieving the desired outcome of the printed piece. Here at FPP we like to think of our printers as craftsmen, guys who use their years of experience and learned skills to craft printed products for our clients. We like to believe that each piece that comes off our presses is a product which is made by hand and crafted with experience and passion.

Made by Hand is a project from the Bureau of Common Goods. It's series of films created to promote a love of craft - something we here at Fast Press Press celebrate. Here is our favorite, The Knife Maker.