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Has the press room changed?

In the printing industry things change very fast!
It was not long ago that people were stripping up film on off set presses and then the next day they have computer to plate machines!
I’ve only been in this industry for about 5 years now and already I have seen some amazing changes.
Not only in the press room, but throughout the entire production process and equipment at our diposal.

It is interesting that in a few short years, we have moved offset work to digital printing presses to increase personalized communications and allow for shorter runs.

This is one of the reasons why the printing industry is still a $640 BILLION dollar industry and drives over $3.8 TRILLION in related services!!!!

People say print is dead, when actually print is evolving.

The link below talks more about the modern press room and how technology has changed.
Check it out!

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.


What is ink?

Ink is a substance, liquid or paste that contains pigments or dyes. Ink is mostly  used to colour a surface to produce an image. The image is sometimes text, pictures or a complex design. Thicker inks, in paste form, are used extensively in offset and lithographic printing.

Ink is also used for drawing or writing. This sort of ink is usually thinner.

The components of inks serve many purposes; the ink’s carrier, colorants, and other additives affect the flow and thickness of the ink and its appearance when dry. From glossy to matte finishes and also the penetration it has into the paper material.

In the next weeks we will explore the common uses of ink as well as the more interesting ones.

For expert advise on your next print job give us a call: 604 685 0016.

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Letter or A4?

We often get asked to print an A4 document. Most of the time it is because the customer is used to that size as being the standard size and they can use the North America standard of letter size instead. This makes things faster and cheaper (especially for short runs). But if you absolutely need A4 or A3 fear not, we can cut our paper to that size to fit that project that was designed for that size. Give us a call and we will be delighted to help you.


Recently we finished a job for a customer that was very interesting.

We started by printing the programs for a conference. The programs turn out nice. Then we faced the challenge that they needed to be hung on the lanyards (also printed by us!). When they were hanging, the programs would tear. We then came up with the idea of a loose leaf ring. We hooked it to the programs and then the programs to the lanyards and VOILA! the problem was solved.  Customer was happy, we up sold the service and materials and we are glad our customer is looking sharp!

If you need some help with your project, give us a shout and we will help you!

604 685 0016.


On line designer!

Go online and choose from over 15,000 templates to create your business cards!

To go there now Click here!

Once you are happy with your design follow the prompts to get us the file.

Choose from all sorts of finishes to make your cards stand out!

Profit form a great offer….

During this summer we do 500 business cards for $36.99!

Ah, and don’t  forget, next day delivery is for FREE!

Contact us for more details….

604 685 0016