I have cut stock down for several letterpress printers now; there is a little sticker shock on both sides when I do the invoice.
Preparing stock for printing may be an overlooked cost center. How much time is required to trim stock down and how important the uniformity of paper size to your printing conditions may be skipped during planning.
- If you are “running to size” (printing onto a finished size piece of paper), then a layout of how many press sheets out of each parent sheet is needed.
- Consider grain direction: business cards feel stiffer if the grain runs the long dimension.
- Also, most papers require a “back trim” — this means the face of the stack that is outside the knife (not under the clamp) needs to be turned and trimmed off. Paper outside the knife usually has a rough, dusty quality and will look different when stacked with the rest of the cuts.
- On sheet-wise or work and turn/tumble jobs, the back trim is especially important since the lay guide or guide edge will change depending on how the stock is flipped for second side printing.
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