February 2015 - Minuteman Press

Yellow, cyan, magenta and black they are all green

When a printer tells you your job is going to be printed “full colour” it usually means that they will use a combination of cyan, yellow, magenta and black to produce all the colours, shades and hues found on your printed piece. With those 4 colours we can create pretty much any picture you can imagine. One notable exception to that is metallic colours which are tough to produce using CMYK.
We have switched to using vegetable based inks for our larger runs. Current technology has created beautiful inks that are bright and vibrant and they are also absolutely environmentally friendly since they are renewable, biodegradable and 100% recyclable.
Do you have a project that you’d like to get printed with the greenest process possible?

Custom tabs

This week we created these custom tabs for our favorite financial adviser. They are full colour and full bleed. He needed 5 different categories for the binders he is creating for his clients’ financial plans, but they can be cut to any size. We added Mylar on the tabs to make them more durable and visually stunning.

Share the Love!




This month Minuteman Press is in the mood to share some love. Order 500 envelopes and get 500 FREE! They can be 1 colour, 2 colour or full colour, any size from you standard #10 to 9×12’s, window or no window, white or brown, well you get the picture, the sky is the limit! Contact us to place your order today!

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An interesting kind of ink!

Cephalopod ink or most commonly known squid ink has had many uses, both in the print industry as well as in the culinary industry.

This is the darl cloudy liquid that cephalopods release as a defense when threatened.  It is very black and a small amount will suffice, like many inks, to stain.

The printing term “sepia ink” comes from the cuttlefish genus Latin name. Squid ink was once the source of the dark ¬†pigment in early inks. The ink’s blackness comes from melanin which is an organic pigment found in plants and animals…

The best way to use squid ink these days would be in a recipe! You can use it to spice and condiment pasta, rice, risotto, or squids in their sauce…

The taste is merely salty and does not have a strong fish flavour.

Click here for a black rice recipe.

Enjoy this new kind of ink!


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Not so common uses of ink!

As we have previously divulged in another blog, ink is a great substance to bring colour to any media.
Having said that, any media is quite wide an array of things.
Think, for example, about your skin…Is it media or a product you’d see with ink?
As a matter of fact, yes! There is an industry devoted to getting ink under your skin.

Tattooing! Tattoo artists work on your skin as we printers work on other media.
These are some of the weirdest you can find on the web…share with us any particular one that you like the most.

Click here for strange tattoos!

Remember, for ink that seeps under your skin, think of Minuteman Press Downtown Vancouver,

we might not be able to do the tattoos for you, but we certainly will send you to our favourite tattoo artist clients.