Multi-Level Stamping Dies


Multi-level stamping dies are used for several types of embossing and for combination dies. Multi-level refers to the dimensional quality of the die.  Die Types In the case of a logo there may be details that are more pronounced that need to be raised above the rest of the embossed area. Think of this type as a stair step. Other times the emboss may require a rounded bevel or in some cases a sculpted die is called for, an example of which is in the photo above. Another type of multi-level die is a Combination Die or “combo die”. This type of die can emboss and foil stamp in one pass.  Combo Dies A combo die is almost always sculpted to give great dimension and detail to what you are working on. They are made from brass which is the hardest metal from which stamping dies are made. Brass dies …

What is… Trap?

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The Problem The lower half of the graphic above represents an exaggerated example of misregistration. This is a problem that can exist in any multi-color printing process.  Printing presses lay colors down one on top of the next. As the paper moves through the press there can be slight variations in registration – or the alignment between colors. Much of the time this is imperceivable to the reader but under certain circumstances it can be seen as gaps of white between two adjacent colors.  Trapping The solution to the problem is called Trapping. With this technique we create a hairline overlap where distinct colors meet. The top half of the graphic above shows an again exaggerated version of trap. The dark outline around the letters in the word “Trap” is an example of the solution. When done correctly, the trap is not noticeable and gaps are eliminated.  Our Solution Advanced Print …

Pocket Folders

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Keep it Together Not only are pocket folders a great way to stay organized, but they are a wonderful way of displaying your company’s branding and print collateral.  The standard pocket folder is 9”x12″ with 2-4” pockets with or without business card slits. We also offer custom printed folders on the paper of your choosing.  Customize If you need plain folders with a die cut window like those used for tax preparation we produce those too. But, if you want your folders to be a bit more unique, get creative with: • Custom Shaped Pockets • Embossing and/or Foil Stamping • Business Card Slits • Printed Stepped or Stitched Inserts • Unique Sizes • Velcro Dots  And the paper options are endless! Need Help? Call or email us to discuss how our team of designers and craftsmen can assist with your pocket folders : 770-664-8199 /

Index Tab Dividers


Mylar Advanced Print & Finishing custom die cuts each index tab order to your specifications. For extra durability, add mylar reinforcement to the tab and/or binding edge. Keep in mind that there is an array of mylar colors available for the tabs. Custom Tabs The majority of tab jobs are for a 9” x 11” sheet size and typically require anywhere from two to ten tabs per bank. The standard tab height is 1/2” with a minimum width of 1”, but we can create custom index tabs if needed. We of course offer a much greater capability. Please don’t hesitate to contact us about your special requirements. Tab Finishing After the tabbing process is completed, we can also hole punch the dividers in various sizes and placements. And don’t forget that we can collate, assemble or kit your project as well. Watch Out Keep an eye out for future posts …

Die Cutting Tips

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There are things you can do prior to sending a job to us to be die cut to ensure your project goes off without a hitch. Here are a few suggestions to help you achieve this. Gripper Always make sure there is enough gripper on the sheets you are sending over to be die cut. The minimum gripper needed for our equipment is 1/2”, if there is room it should be 3/4”. This especially applies when multiple up sheets are being trimmed down to be cut 1 up. Stock Letting us know what stock you are going to use prior to printing helps us when building a die, especially if it’s going to have folds in it. Creasing rule (score) height plays a big role in making sure the scores don’t crack and the piece folds properly. The rule heights that go into a die are determined by the stock …

What Is… Prepress?

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Prepress is the term used in commercial printing for everything that happens before print production. Prepress procedures include:  Preflight of supplied files Typesetting and copy changes Color correction of images Creation of high quality, press ready PDF files Dieline layout Proofing Imposition Trapping Screening Preflight can also include planning and preparation for print jobs that require finishing work. Prepress is a necessary function that helps coordinate the needs of the printing, finishing and bindery departments with the files supplied by the customer.  Have a Plan The Advanced Print & Finishing prepress department has decades of experience in file preparation and work closely with customers to streamline the production process. Be sure to contact us early to discuss your next project. Chances are we can provide advise on how to save money or streamline the production process. As we say in Prepress, “a little planning can go a long way”. Stay Tuned …

Menu Print & Finishing

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Create a unique experience for your guests with custom printed menus from Advanced Print & Finishing.  Options We offer a wide variety of paper and finishing options to make your establishment stand out from the rest. Even a simple black and white menu can easily be enhanced with textured paper and finishing options like round cornering.  Lamination Another popular option for some eateries is to add a laminate. We offer gloss, satin and soft touch laminate in sealed edge or flush trim in a variety of thicknesses: 1.5, 3, 5 and 10 mil.  Those wanting the most durable and long lasting option, 10 mil Gloss Sealed Edge Laminate is definitely the preferred option. And don’t forget about To-Go and Kids Menus; we can assist with those too!  Instant Quote Many of our options are presented in our instant online quote form. This pricing guide was created to simplify your options …

Advanced Lamination Options


Whether you are wanting to add a layer of protection to your printed piece or create a graphic effect, Advanced Print and Finishing has multiple types of laminate to achieve your goals. We offer gloss, satin, soft touch and even dry erase laminate.  Recommendations Depending on the end use of your project, we can recommend the correct thickness to meet your needs as well as if it needs to have a sealed edge or flush trim. Thicknesses range from 1.5 to 10 mil in one and two sided laminate.  One sided laminate is used primarily for book covers and marketing pieces. Two sided laminate is more popular for menus and items that need to be water resistant.  Other Options Other finishing options for laminate projects include: round cornering, plastic coil binding, grommeting and foil stamping. Since there are quite a few twists and turns to laminate projects we are always …