FAQ / Frequently Asked Questions
In order to offer you a quote, we need to know the material, dimension, quantity and number of colours (single colour, two-colour etc.), as well as the use for which the product is intended.
Our workshop is very well organised, allowing us to have very rapid turnover rates. Most projects require 7 to 10 working days to completion, but we can speed the process up, where necessary.
Our print shop is locate at Giatrakou 22 & Megalou Alexandrou 35 on the 3rd floor near the Metaxourgeio metro station. We are open on weekdays 9:00 - 18:00.
For CMYK four-colour printing we can print up to 50x70 cm, while for flat colours, we can print up to 100 cm. We’ve printed 5 mm radius stickers for special uses, with no problem whatsoever.
In silk-screening there is a minimum set-up cost per project rather than a minimum quantity. Certainly you can’t purchase a single item but, in general terms, as the quantity goes up, the cost per item goes down . If you provide us with more information we can propose advertising solution with a very good quantity to price ratio.
There are so many parameters that shape the cost of a product, that it is virtually impossible to formulate a steady price list for Screen Printing. There is a huge variety of raw materials and different kinds of inks that create combinations impossible to set out in a price list, in contrast with other forms of printing, for example offset printing, where the price is influenced only by the price of the paper, the appropriate ink and the cost of labour.
For most projects, the cost of producing a final sample is not covered financially by the overall cost of the project. However, on large production runs we provide a final sample for approval on principle, without any financial cost to the client.
Silk-screening is the only printing method able to render spot colours and easily covers the entire PANTONE scale, as well as any in-between shades required. The end result is visually unique in terms of colour brightness, but also colour durability.
There is no colour limitation. In broad terms, most projects take three to four colours, but special projects may require up to 10 or 12 flat colours in order to provide an exact rendering of the design, or simply to create particular colour effects. Don’t forget also that, besides simple colours, Screen Printing can utilise metallics (gold, silver) and varnishes (clear or matte) etc.
A single glance at a sample of our work, will reassure you: We can carry out CMYK printing on plastic, paper, cardboard, aluminium, Plexiglas, double-sided adhesive stickers etc. The final result has the colour fidelity you require, and also the long-lasting effect of Screen Printing.
It’s clearly a practical issue, rather than a matter of preference. If, for example, you need 100,000 paper stickers, then the cheapest solution would be offset printing. If you’re interested in a single adhesive print 1x3 m or five stickers that are 50x70 cm, each with different images, then you will find that digital printing suits you best. If, however, you're looking for high quality indelible printing that will stand up to punishment, in small or medium sized batches, or printing on transparent or semi-transparent materials, irrespective of thickness or weight, then Screen Printing is your only solution.
As we state in another part of our web page, we're only involved in printing on flat plastic and metal surfaces and do no printing on textiles and textile products. We believe that specializing in this particular sector of silk-screening is what differentiates our printing shop from our competition. To date we don’t know a single printing shop on our scale that can combine printing on textiles and printing on plastics, that produces acceptable results in both media.
We produce plastic cards in many different sizes and materials, the only provision being that you need to order a minimum of 1,000 pieces, with the same artwork on all and the only thing that may change is the names and telephone numbers, if they are company cards. Variable data, such as barcodes and numbering, are not possible with analogue forms of printing, such as Screen Printing.
No, due to size and quantity, for the reasons we’ve already mentioned. What you can do is print up 50 pieces of Plexiglas for stands, for signage, for machinery panels or for backlit signs, where the maximum size is 50x70 cm.
Colour files on the internet are usually very low resolution and small in size, allowing websites to appear quickly. Resolution is usually 72x72 lpi and they are usually up to 100 KB in size, whereas minimum resolution for quality printing would be 300x300 lpi and 2-3 MB in size. Besides the fact that their quality makes them unsuitable for use in printing, such images are also protected by copyright laws and we cannot consent to use them without permission.
Of course we can, if you describe your idea, or better yet send us an e-mail or fax depicting your idea. In a day or two you will receive a number of different proposals to choose from as well as the cost for each. Only when we have reached an agreement in terms of payment do we proceed to design the artwork for an order.
We make an offer for your project and, once we receive your order, we inform you what the delivery schedule will be. Your project will be sent using the state long-distance bus service (KTEL) at our charge, or a courier service of your choice, for which you will pay yourselves, once you have paid our invoice in full by bank deposit.
What you see on your screen is completely unrelated to what you would see on any other screen or on our screens. The only acceptable way to agree on colours is for you to come to our studio and see your file up-close on our professional colour-corrected monitors, whereupon we will show you the closest analogue on the CMYK, Pantone and Ral scales we utilise. Printed colour is the best code for colour communication, when you’re searching for high colour fidelity.
Vector graphics files, from design suites rather than image-processing programmes, are ideal for flat designs with large colour surfaces and cover a wide range of Screen Printing applications. Image files are required for CMYK reproduction and can render tonal gradations and photographs. For correct reproduction, files must have a resolution of 300x300 dpi and be in CMYK format not RGB.
The basic factors, which influence the unit price, are quantity, number of colours, cost of material substrate and possible post-printing work (cutting into specific shapes etc.).