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Providing the most efficient and creative solution to our customers is just part of the printing service we offer.  Making sure your project is printed on the right size and type of press is one of the most important aspects of your project.

Not knowing the difference between digital, sheetfed offset, web presses and consequently, choosing a printer that doesn’t have the best press or finishing equipment for your particular job can waste time and money.

We will make sure your project is printed correctly, whether it’s a quick turnaround press run of a few hundred, or a longer press run of a million or somewhere in between.

Making sure your job is not only estimated but produced on the right press and in the most time and cost efficient way possible is just part of the value you’ll find when working with Creative Media.

We are a highly trained, knowledgeable and skilled team dedicated to helping you find the right solution for your needs.

Printing Services that we can help with:

  • Business cards, brochures, catalogs, folders, envelopes, labels, decals
  • Signs, banners and posters. Available on vinyl, canvas, plastic, poster papers, and many more
  • Direct mail services
  • Finishes include: UV, Spot UV, Foil, Embossing, Silk, Satin, Painted Edge, Die Cuts
  • 4 color process, Spot and PMS color
  • We print on thousands of promotional products.

Learn more about Printing:

Digital Printing– digital based image is printed onto a variety of materials or products. This is for small run jobs and usually use inkjet or high volume laser printers.

Sheetfed Offset Printing– uses aluminum plates to transfer ink onto a “blanket” of rubber then that image is rolled onto paper. The ink is not directly printed onto the paper so that is why it is “off-set” (image and ink set off the paper).

This method was invented in England by Robert Barclay in 1875. He combined a rotary printing press that had only been around for about 30 years, with the usual transfer printing techniques of the day.

Web Presses– also known as Web offset is a type of printing that uses one continuous roll of paper instead of sheets to print on. After it’ sprinted, it is then cut to size. This is good for large runs like several hundred brochures, books, catalogs, newspapers and magazines.

Learn more about Finishes:

UV Finish– UV is a “varnish” like coating type of finish that can be used all over, or on a “spot”. UV Spot finish can highlight a particular image adding visual interest to the piece. This technique is particularly effective with business cards, displays and brochures.

Spot Foil– this is used in the same way as Spot UV, only instead of a pop of glossy varnish, you get a pop of foil.

Embossing (and Debossing)– is the process of taking font or an image and depressing it into the product being printed on so that the image is recessed.  Debossing is the opposite, where the image is pressed out of the product so the image is raised.

Gloss, Silk, Matte and Uncoated papers– the paper you print on also makes a difference in the visuals of your project. Gloss paper is just like is sounds; paper with a shiny, glossy surface. it’s hard to write on gloss, so most business cards that have this will only have it on one side, so you can write on the other.  A Silk finish is somewhere between a gloss and a matte, with a nice sheen to it. It gives a high end impression. Matte, of course is a dull coated paper and Uncoated has nothing added to it.

Painted Edge– this is a really visually interesting technique where ink can be added to the edge of the card, so it’s only seen when looking at an angle. This is a very custom option and gives an elite impression.

Die Cuts– this is a process where you can have your finished paper product cut into any shape you like. This is usually a costly specialty technique, but it creates serious interest in your piece. It’s a great way to stand out if you are in a highly competitive business, or great for trade shows and festivals.

Types of ink printing:


4 Color Process:

this is a process where screens and filters are used to separate the same 4 colors used in a print project; cyan, magenta, yellow, black or CMYK. These 4 colors are used universally in the printing and design industry to create any color in the spectrum.

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Spot Color:

these colors are created without screens like 4 color process and are referred to as spot. There are thousands of “spot” colors on the Pantone color system that can used. You’ll find spot colors commonly used in one, two, or three color jobs and for corporate branding because these spot colors are universal and manufacturers must be licensed by Pantone. This is also knowns as PMS colors or Pantone Matching System colors to ensure consistency in your projects.

Creative Media Enterprises, Inc.
300 W 15th St. Suite 300-4
Vancouver, WA 98660