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What is Silk-Screening?

silk screen

We are sometime asked what Silk-Screening is and why used it.  Silk Screening is a process of printing using thick inks, squeegeed (pushed) through a mesh (screen) with a stencil style image which the ink fills and creates the image on a substrate below.  Original silk was used as the screen but polyester mesh or synthetic meshes are used today.  Silk-screening is is used mostly on apparel like graphic tee’s sold in retail stores and branded t-shirts for companies, sporting teams, etc.  It is also used on signs, posters, labels, tags, and other items need long-lasting requirements.   It produces a very opaque and durable print.  It can be used on apparel where embroidery is too expensive for the budget.

Click Here to see locations we can print on a T-Shirt 

Need more information on silk-screen printing or other print methods.  Give us a call.

 

The handwriting is on the … label

 

 

Handwriting on labels can be a sticky business…

 

 

Labels are sometimes written on by hand in many circumstances such as:

  • Name Badges at meetings, conventions and other gatherings

  • Shipping Labels

  • Medical & Surgical Applications

  • Quality sign off in manufacturing

 

Besides choosing the correct adhesive for the application, the other two main factors are labels material surface and imprinting instrument.  Normally matte, smooth surfaces accept handwriting much better than gloss materials, vinyls, polyesters and laminated labels.  In addition, the ink will dry much faster on these matte types of label surfaces.  Second is the writing instrument you are using.  Pencils will write OK on matte surfaces but be hard to read.  Gel Pens are the worst when it comes to writing as they smear quickly and do not dry well.  

The best writing instrument?  Sharpies!  They will write on almost any surface and dry fairly fast, though matte surfaces are still the best label surface.  When creating a label you need to write on, consider these factors in choosing the correct material or just ask the label experts at Eagle!

 

 

 

 

Eagle creates cool product for the U.S. Navy

 

The United States Navy came to Eagle with a project designed to minimize the risk of catastrophic aircraft damage and loss of personal on DDG51 Class Ships (Guided Missile Destroyers).   Eagle took the rough draft information and drawings and working from scratch created artwork, tested materials and produced a spinning wheel placard tool that helps ship personnel consider and measure wave hazard conditions during aircraft operations and make course and speed corrections given a certain wave height to reduce such risk.

Laser Checks

Prevent Fraud 

Laser checks are becoming more popular for companies to imprint themselves but with the growth of customer imprinted checks comes another problem – the availability of check stock, MICR toner, and check software to allow criminals to easily produce a viable check.  That’s why Eagle not only designs innovative security features for checks but also has and advocates the use of a controlled security paper only available to companies like Eagle, not a substrate that is easy to purchase through online vendors or popular supply chains.  For more information on our document security features for checks, transcripts and other documents requiring security, please click on our various options below.

What does it mean to add “bleed” to my artwork?

When you supply your own artwork, has your printer asked you to add a “bleed” to the artwork?   Many printed pieces have artwork, graphics and background colors that go to the edge of the paper.  Bleeds refer to the artwork that goes beyond the finished product and is trimmed off in the finishing process.  As it  is extremely hard to print exactly to edge of tthe paper due to paper and press movement, bleed allows for those adjustments so that when trimmed, the colors to right to the edge.  In the United States and Eagle, a 1/8″ bleed is normally added.

 

This info-graphic explains bleed:

 

Have a printing question?  Click Here to ask us!

Can I supply Eagle Artwork?

Though our graphics department can handle any art needs you require, we encourage you to supply your own artwork.  

 

 

 

We ask that you meet the following criteria so that there are no issues or additional work later in the process:

  • Final art should be a high-resolution pdf at minimum 300 dpi in cmyk color format
  • Hi-res pdf should include printer’s marks (crops and registration marks)
  • If text and/or graphics touch the trim edge, it should bleed beyond by .125 inch
  • If text and/or graphics do not extend to the trim edge, include a white inside margin of at least .125 inch
  • If supplying original art files, Adobe CC (or earlier versions) are acceptable: InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop
  • Supplied original art files should be packaged with all fonts and all placed/imported images
  • If not packaged, all imported images must be embedded in the layout document
  • All embedded images (eps, jpg, tiff, bmp, psd) must be hi-resolution (at least 300 dpi); lower resolution may result in poor print quality 
  • Microsoft Word files and PowerPoint slide presentations can be supplied to us for text only, and will require some production work to convert and/or rebuild for print industry
  • Art created with other non-graphics software such as Microsoft Publisher is not acceptable for print and will require production to reformat or recreate
  • Bitmapped art created with Corel Paint should be saved as a hi-res pdf ­ following above specs.
  • If you create art using Corel Draw please save as a pdf or vector eps and follow noted above specs.
  • If not supplying fonts to us, all fonts should be outlined to prevent font conflicts (or rasterized if using Photoshop)
  • Email the Eagle Graphics Dept. if you have questions about preparing you art files: Graphics@eagle411.com
  • More information can be found at: Artwork Guidelines 

Thumbtack Logo Special

This Special is Exclusive for Our Thumbtack Clients

Thumbtack Special Logo Design

 

Here are some of the logos we have created

Advanced Logo designsx              CF Logo stacked       City Speakers Logo

BENZ Logo                 Print                  Print      STS Logo

 

 

   StoneAge Logo

 

To take advantage of this amazing special, please contact:

Rodger B. Price, Director of Marketing 

rodgerp@eagle411.com 

Custom Labels with No Die Charge? Wait… What?

I Love Technology!

I have to tell you, in this environment of at times, too much technology that sucks our time and brains, of always being on our smart phones, even in the middle of a ballgame, there are some technologies that are so very cool and actually help businesses.  A while ago, digital labels came into existence but for any custom shape, you needed to purchase a $ 200 plus custom die to make that shape on the roll and more special the shape was, the higher the price.  Well no more!  Now you can get the custom shape label you want using digital printing and the magic of laser cutting. 

You can print your company logo, a state in the US or country in the world or one of your products.  Using laser cutting technology along with digital printing, your ideas can come to life.  The possibilities are endless. 

Take a look at our video and see “magic” in action  

AnyShapeLabels

Now that is cool!  Using laser technology your labels can be die cut into any shape you can image.

Carbonless Forms (NCR)

 

 

Booklet Finishing Styles

Protecting Your Credit Cards

RFID Credit Card Sleeves

Protecting Your Digital Footprint

Technology has given us wonderful things and freedom but has also opened the opportunity for crooks.  It’s a sad but real truth, thieves are developing new and clever ways to steal your valuable financial information.  Criminals can secure your credit card data simply by walking past you with an electronic scanner or conceivably a cell phone.

This threat is due to the implementation of radio-frequency identification chips (RFID) or Near Field Communications (NFC) chips being embedded in all new credit cards and ATM/Debit Cards. (Ironically to make identify theft more secure)  Even large financial institutions can run in to this issue as Barclay’s Bank did in Great Britain as this video shows

 

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Is the danger a significant threat to you? Probably not (at the moment) but a simple fix can ease your mind.  By inserting your cards into a protective sleeve (shown top left) that has a protective internal foil, scanners can not read your cards.  Think an aluminum hat to keep the aliens or the government from scanning your brain… same thing!

This product is a great promotional product for your company also… especially if you are in any type of security or financial company.  They are inexpensive and a valuable tool for you and your clients.