How Often Should You Replace Those Old Paper Maps?

Arquivo em: Map Printing / November 29, 2017

One of the most common questions a map producer is asked by customers is, “How often do you update your paper maps?” Those new to map production often wonder the same. With the ever-constant updating of software in today’s digital era, are they lagging behind the times?  There is, unfortunately, no ‘one-size-fits-all’ answer…   The […]

Great Expectations: Ensuring Map Printing Color Results

Arquivo em: Map Printing / November 23, 2017

What Happened to My Map Colors? Avoiding Printing Mishaps When it comes to printing and color management, chances are you’ll eventually learn a lesson the hard way. There are simply so many ways to misread color along the design and pre-press process, even seemingly little mistakes can lead to shockingly ‘off-color’ results, particularly for the […]

The Path to Better Printed Results

Arquivo em: Map Printing / November 17, 2017

Perfectly created digital map printing file burning a hole in your outbox? Hold on to your horses. Before you send your project off to the presses, avoid assumptions that could send those precious printed results to the recycle bin. Have You Spoken with Your Printer Yet? Communication is key to celebratory results. Each map printing […]

Don’t Crack Up: Map Folding Complications

Arquivo em: Map Printing / November 14, 2017

Cracked ink is just one of the many map folding complications that can sabotage an otherwise stellar project. Fortunately, many of these complications can be easily avoided with a bit of information and pre-planning. How Can You Avoid Map Folding Issues? Be Careful with Coated Stocks With coated stocks, seek out a substrate with a […]

How to Create an Epic Map

Arquivo em: Map Printing / November 8, 2017

An expertly designed map can really boost a design portfolio. Unfortunately, there is no magic bullet for creating one, as each depends entirely on end-user needs. There are, however, common steps you can take to ensure a professional, high-quality map. Looking for a roadmap to remarkable results?   Use this Pre-Map-Printing Checklist to Ensure an […]

Map Printing Finishes: Varnishes & Aqueous Coatings

Arquivo em: Map Printing / November 3, 2017

Considering map printing finishes such as varnishes and aqueous coatings for your upcoming project? You may be overcomplicating things. Once a necessity to achieve image clarity, protect against scratching, and facilitate drying on synthetic map substrates, varnishes and aqueous coatings have become antiquated in the map printing arena due to the introduction of HUV printing. […]

Color Confusion? Explore Color Map Themes to Achieve the Right Aesthetics

Arquivo em: Map Printing / October 27, 2017

When it comes to selecting map colors, it’s never a good idea to simply choose your favorite shades. It all comes down to data and the story you’re trying to tell.   What’s the Scheme of Your Map Story? Sequential Data – Running the Gamut Data that runs from high to low is most easily […]

The Relevance of Paper Maps in the Digital Era

Arquivo em: Map Printing / October 20, 2017

As Americans become ever more tech-obsessed, the relevance of paper repeatedly comes into question. Paper books. Paper maps. Even the completion of homework seems to be transitioning over to the digital realm. Does this mean print is dead? Hardly. Buried under the latest shiny new fad, print, whether a map, menu, or math homework, offers […]

Necessary Evils in Map Printing: Don’t Let File Prep Bite You

Arquivo em: Map Printing / September 22, 2017

Proper file prep prevents problems and delays. No one enjoys it. Digging into your file to circumnavigate printing issues takes away that, ‘I’ve finally done it’ feeling. But proper and thorough file prep is a ‘must-do’ part of the map printing process. Unfortunately, this is where a lot of things get overlooked in the effort […]

Beyond CMYK: Exploring the World of Specialty Inks

Arquivo em: Map Printing / September 18, 2017

For those new to the printing arena, the wide variety of inks available tends to be somewhat surprising. Expecting a larger-scale version of a desktop printer, which produces prints using a combination of cyan, magenta, yellow and black (CMYK), many are amazed at the intricacies of the printing process – and the variety of possibilities […]