Digital Printing

General Information

Pricing, Sizing, & Shipping

Reverse Arrows

Screen Printing

Variable Data

 

DIGITAL PRINTING

 

Can you match a color exactly?

Unfortunately, no. While acceptable matches can usually be achieved, exact color matches cannot be guaranteed. Every printer and process has limitations to their color gamut. Satin digital CMYK generally has the smallest color gamut of all print methods. We recommend using Pantone Solid Uncoated Colors when trying to match a digitally printed graphic; these colors end in "U"  (e.g., 249U or 4675U).

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Can you print in RGB?

No. Files submitted to us in RGB will have to be converted to CMYK in order to print.

RGB is an additive process that uses Red, Green, and Blue light to achieve a color. It is considered additive because one must add all three colors together to achieve white. It is used for Monitors, TV's, Phone Screens, etc. Unfortunately, it is not physically possible to print in RGB because mixing Red, Green, and Blue ink (pigment) would actually create a kind of brown color, not white as it does with the light in your computer monitor.

CMYK, on the other hand, is considered a subtractive process because, in order to get white, one must remove all color to allow the white to show through from the substrate material underneath it all.

It's also important to consider that RGB has many more color possibilities than CMYK. Never will colors on your monitor or screen match printed CMYK colors exactly. If color matching is critical, we suggest you note Pantone Solid Uncoated Colors in your file and job notes. With these colors, we can compare the printed graphics to our Pantone Book Standards here and get as close as possible.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

 

Can you design my sign? / Do you offer design services?

No, we do not offer design services. As a trade only printer, we don’t handle artwork requests often. All of our prices assume you are providing us with print ready artwork or that you are using our online design tool.

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Grommets: What do I need to know? - Frequently Asked Questions Answered!

Gene answers a few FAQs about how we install grommets, designing for grommet placing, and grommet color options.

→ Where do you put the grommets?

For Rigid substrates, such as 4mm corrugated plastic, unless grommet placement is specified in the design file, we will install the grommet, on center, 1" away from the edges of your sign. If you do specify, place small, 1/8" dots in your design file and leave us a note so we are aware. We always suggest grommets be placed 1" away from the edges of your sign.
For materials such as banners, which generally come standard with grommets, we will place grommets near the edge and space them every 2 to 3 feet along the edge of your sign.
 

→ What type of material can you use with grommets?

Just about any type of material we offer! With the more rigid substrates (such as 6mm PVC, Aluminum, Aluminum Composite, etc.), we do this by pre-drilling a hole before we actually place the grommet. This process is a little more labor-intensive, and therefore a little more costly, but it is possible.
 

→ What color grommets do you offer?

We offer silver (or nickel), by default; however, we also stock a brass grommet. Our silver grommet is, by far, the most popular because of it's neutral color, but the switch to brass costs you nothing extra. You simply need to request it.
If you are in need of another color of grommet (e.g., white, clear, black, etc.), it is possible, but we would need to custom quote it as we would have to bring in several thousand at a time.

If you have any questions regarding custom options, please don't hesitate to ask. Worst case scenario, it may put you slightly out of budget, but we won't know until we check out your options!

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What are Self Promo Points, and how do I use them?

Self Promo Points are points that you accrue with each order you place online at firesprint.com! You earn 1 point per $1 spent. Every 1000 points earns you a $10 coupon to spend toward Self Promo products for your business! We have premade Self Promo products (such as our Promotional X-Stand Kit), but you may use any of our materials to create your own promotional products for your shop. Check out the products below to really showcase your business with your Self Promo Points!

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What Material should I choose for my project?

We have many different materials to choose from. On the charts below, you can compare the qualities of each to better determine which of our materials would be best for your project.

Substrate Guide: Sheet Goods
Click the image to download our Substrate Guide PDF.

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Which Overlaminate is the best choice for my project?


Gloss Film Overlaminate

Our most durable option for most products.
We physically adhere a 3mil thick film to the printed product. It creates a barrier, protecting against UV light from the sun and abrasion such as scuffing and scratching.
Enhances colors by making them glossier.
Will make most of our products last at least a total of 3 years or more.
Will make the product slightly thicker.

Adds 2-3 days production time.
 

Gloss UV Coating

A liquid coating cured over the top surface of a print.
Enhances colors by making them glossier.
Will help protect against fading for up to 3 years.
Provides only minimal scratch and scuff resistance.

Adds 1 day production time.
 

Matte UV Coating

A liquid coating cured over the top surface of a print.
Matte coating helps to prevent glare.
Mostly a cosmetic coating.
Will help protect against fading for up to 3 years.
Provides only minimal scratch and scuff resistance.

Adds 2-3 days production time.
 

Dry Erase / Anti-Graffiti UV Coating

A liquid coating cured over the top surface of a print.
Enhances colors by making them glossier.
In most cases, can be scrubbed clean with a solvent (e.g., isopropyl alcohol) to remove spray paint.
Will help protect against fading for up to 1 year.
Provides only minimal scratch and scuff resistance.

Adds 1-2 days production time.

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PRICING, SIZING & SHIPPING

 

Do you charge for decal designs with multiple parts?

Yes. We charge per part. We always recommend that you try to keep your design all in one part.

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Do you weed and mask my vinyl decals?

No. Your decals will come kiss cut (a light cut along the border of your decal which allows the decal to be peeled off of the backing material) and adhered to a quick release backing paper. If you have multiple parts, they will be kiss cut and remain unweeded.

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If my design isn't a perfect square or rectangle, how do I determine the size to select from the Size dropdown menu when ordering?

Pricing is based on size. If you draw an imaginary rectangle around your shape, that would be the width & height of your product. The entire decal (including the vector cut path) must fit within this rectangle.

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REVERSE ARROWS

 

Reverse Arrow

What are Reverse Arrows?

Reverse Arrows are directional arrows on a double sided sign. It's important that your customer be directed to the correct location no matter the side they're facing. For these designs, you will need to provide a front and a back version of your project with the reversed arrow in place.

For Screen Printed signs, a double sided arrow sign will require a screen change* to print the arrow in reverse on the opposite side of the sign.

*Arrow screen changes are charged per color if more than one color will need to be changed.

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SCREEN PRINTING

 

What are halftones?

Halftones are a pattern of tiny dots that can simulate different shades of color using varing percentages of a single ink. Visually, halftones create the illusion of a continuous tone image by using spots of varying size and density to represent darker or lighter color values.

Halftones (lighter shades of screen printed color) are available but may incur an additional fee. Halftones may sometimes have unexpected results. If high quality prints are a serious priority, we suggest adding an additional print color instead. For example, gray can be printed 50% Black halftone or Medium Gray or PMS Matched Gray ink can be used.

halftones

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What are your standard ink colors for screen printing? And what if I need a PMS color that isn't listed?

Colors on this page are a representation only. Although we strive to provide accurate representations of color, accuracy cannot be guaranteed.

Stock Screen Ink Colors

All pricing for screen printed products includes use of these colors.
Contact us for a printed color swatch sample pack!
stock screen ink color chart

If specific PMS colors are needed, Custom Pantone Color Matches are available for an additional fee on screen printed products. Please provide a PMS number from the “Solid Coated” (C) Pantone Book. We do not match based on CMYK or other color libraries. Please note that color accuracy cannot be guaranteed; however, satisfactory matches can typically be obtained.
Please check here for PMS colors that have been deemed similar to our stock screen ink colors.

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Why should I choose Screen Printed signs?

Screen printing is still the most popular way to produce many of the signs you see. Most political, regulatory, and transportation signs are screen printed. Screen printed inks tend to be more vibrant and more glossy than digitally printed ink. They also tend to be more durable against fading and abrasion.

If your design uses three or fewer solid colors, and your customer needs at least 50 signs, consider selecting screen printed signs when available.

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VARIABLE DATA

 

What is Variable Data?

Variable data printing is a form of digital printing in which elements such as text, graphics, and images may be changed from one printed piece to the next, without stopping or slowing down the printing process, using information from a excel spreadsheet. For example, a set of personalized signs, each with the same basic layout, can be printed with a different name, phone number and photo on each sign.


→ When to utilize Variable Data?

If your project includes one design, but you have text elements or photos that will be different from sign to sign (e.g., names, titles, player numbers, phone numbers, etc.), this would be the ideal use of this process.


→ Important Points to Remeber:

  • Your artwork must be able to accommodate the longest and shortest name/version. We will not adjust the text size.
  • Due to the production process, your job will not be kept in order, kitted, bundled or sorted at all unless we custom quote these services. 
     

→ What do we need from you?

  1. An Excel Spreadsheet that includes the list of names and/or numbers you wish to change from sign to sign.
  2. The Master File you want printed, including the vector cut path, if applicable, saved as a .PDF or an .AI file.
  3. The Font File in .tff format (we cannot use .dfont files).

Follow the link below to learn how to set this process up for your project.

→ Setting Up Variable Data Files

Requirements & Setup

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