What's in a Name? March 21, 2017 23:52
You may have noticed that we go by a slightly different name now - instead of Poster Perfect, we're now Print Perfect Co.
And like any good musician re-inventing themselves and changing their name, we're still focused on producing awesome stuff. We're not just doing posters any more, so we thought we'd take on a new name to allow us to expand. We're not quite ready to spread the word about everything we're set up for just yet, but you might already have an inkling...please do continue to hit us up with all your printing needs!
Instagram Frames September 10, 2016 13:17
Wedding season is upon us and that means event signage, props, and more printing! Our customizable Instagram Frames will bring out the most IG-worthy photos amongst your friends, while encouraging them to light up your #hashtag!
Retractable Banners for PRA September 23, 2015 18:42
We produced a set of retractable banners to showcase the slick new brand and identity for PRA’s new corporate image launch. To set it off right, a presentation to employees involving the banners and other collateral took place first, before an announcement was made to clients and other parties involved. These roll-up banners will be used for future trade shows, conferences, and events. You can cop your own retractable banner stand here.
PRA is a professional services firm providing high quality assurance, risk management and business advisory solutions.
Peep their website here.
Wedding Signage - Posters Mounted onto Foamcore September 17, 2015 17:28
It's nice to help out a homie once in awhile and we did exactly that by producing the signage at our friends’ big day, the wedding of Susanna and Jason. A bit of a shift from our usual jobs, but we were happy to do it up for the fun-loving couple. Printing on Standard Matte Poster Paper then mounting onto foamcore, we put together signs that went on easels to welcome guests, display seating charts, and mention the social media tag for the night - Oh Snap!
Paper Thickness and Weights - Don’t Get It Twisted August 13, 2015 21:56
Paper comes in a multitude of thicknesses, weights, feel, and finishes. All of these attributes and combinations have different purposes. With so many variables, all of this can often be confusing, even for people who have been in the industry for some time. Even the most O of the Gs have trouble differentiating sometimes. So chill, and let me lay it down:
Probably the most common way of measuring paper is weight (or by pound); often you’ll see a package of paper saying 24# text or 80# cover. This is generally used to understand paper used in small format printing applications as it refers to the weight of a an uncut ream of paper, or 500 sheets. So a 24# text would represent the weight of 500 sheets. It is important to note that the basic sheet size is not the same for the different types of paper (e.g. bond, book, text, cover). Confused? Don’t worry, you really only need to know the common ones. There are actually two other main features of paper which are also often misunderstood: thickness and weight.
Most roll media, such as the paper used in large format printers, is measured in thickness by it’s caliper, which is indicated in “mils.” Often confused for millimeters, a “mil” is actually an imperial measurement and refers to one one thousandth of an inch. So, for instance, Poster Perfect’s Premium Matte Poster Paper has a caliper of 10 mil, meaning it is 10/1000’s (or 1/100th) of an inch. Paper thickness is a crucial determinant when choosing the purpose and function of your print. Generally, the thicker the paper, the less likely it’ll get damaged, and the more long term applicable it will be.
Paper weight is measured in a number of ways. For our purposes, we’ll take a look at the grams per square meter, or GSM of a paper. This is simple enough: the GSM is simply the weight in grams, of a one by one square meter piece of any given media.
Though paper weight often has a correlation to paper thickness - the thicker the paper, the higher the GSM - it is not always so direct. A good example would be to compare the weight and thickness of Poster Perfect’s Satin Photographic paper (8mil, 198 GSM) and our Premium Matte Poster Paper (10mil, 200 GSM). These two papers are a whole 2 mils different in thickness, or 20%, while they are only two grams different in their paper weight, about a 1% difference. The reason for this has to do with a number of factors. Density, material composition, and surface texture are all reasons why a very thick paper may have a lower GSM than that of a thicker paper. Our Satin Photographic paper is very densely compressed and so has little air makeup contributing to its volume. Furthermore, the printable surface has very little texture, resulting in a very smooth lustre finish. We typically use mils and GSM to describe our paper because it gives the best overall detail about the paper we use.
Summing It Up
Paper thickness and weight are good things to be familiar with, since knowing what you need will eliminate the guesswork and ultimately save you time and money. It’s important to be informed so you can get the right kind of print for your project, one time for your mind. Be sure to ask your printer if you have any questions!
Today Was A Good Day August 01, 2015 16:27
Got up, had a great cup of coffee, scrolled the news, then launched the most useful tool around for large format digital printing.
After years of thought, months of collaboration, and a few weeks of mad scrambling, Poster Perfect.ca went from a pet project based on a passion for printing and design into a full-blown portal for anyone looking for well-priced high-quality printing.
We tested and sourced the best paper options and strategized a simplistic site design with the goal of making large format prints easy to achieve regardless of your computer skill level and budget. Our site is meant to make posters accessible to anyone - from somebody who has no idea about printing, to those who order printed materials all the time.
All of this has made our first day live and printing absolutely Poster Perfect!