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J. B. Gray & Son, Inc. Quality Printing is a full service printing company. We are committed to producing high quality printed materials that respect your budget requirements. To achieve this goal, we offer a wide variety of printing techniques, ranging from full color offset print to the classic feel of engraved stationery.
Since we are a full service printing company, we offer design services for your projects. Do not hesitate to contact our staff with any questions you might have.
Standard printing process that offers the greatest print quality.
Though the process is standard, the quality of the printed piece is exceptional. The offset process, which is offered by most commercial printers, involves two things: ink and water. As commonly known, ink (oil) and the water do not readily mix. When a printing plate with an image is created and placed on an offset press, it is dampened by a water roller first – then coated with ink. The ink sticks to the plate where the image area is and the water binds to the non-image area. This keeps the non image area from printing. The image is then pressed to a rubber blanket and then finally to the paper. This is why it is called "offset," because the plate never actually touches the paper.
Raise the bar of quality offset printing – literally.
Thermography is often called "raised" printing. We do many thermographic pieces, and each time the completed piece has its own unique outcome. The process of thermography takes offset printing a step further. While the ink is still wet, the sheet will go through a specialized machine that dusts the ink with a fine powder. This fine resin powder sticks to the wet ink. The excess is vacuumed off the unprinted areas of the sheet. The printed piece is then processed through an oven that fuses the ink with the powder, and literally raises the ink off the page. This provides a unique glossy raised image.
Quick, cost-effective, and ideal for the short run print job.
Digital printing, also called on-demand printing, is a new technology that is being adopted by many printers. Although it is a bit limited when compared with color offset printing, the technology is expanding rapidly and it is a very quick, cost-effective, and practical method of production. We utilize this technology for short run, on-demand products.
Experience eye-popping results on your next print project with the shine of metal.
Foil stamping is done with a letterpress. A die is pressed onto the sheet with a piece of colored foil between it and the die. The technique results in an effect that is very striking. Basically the process replaces an ink color with a foil image that is usually metallic in nature and eye catching. A foil die can be made to almost any shape you can imagine.
Add a sense of touch to your printed piece - with or without ink.
Embossed is a fancy way of saying that the surface of the paper is raised. This term can apply both to a decoration or icon on the page or to the text. Embossing adds texture to the piece, making it very appealing to a person's sense of touch. The sheet is actually run through a letterpress between two metal plates – a die and counter die. The letterpress exerts the necessary force to press the sheet between the two dies, molding the paper into the shape of the dies. The result gives you a tangible impression.
Give your next print job a distinctive dimension.
As a highly skilled craft dating back to the 16th century, engraving conveys an unspoken message of distinction and timelessness. It has a warmth and elegance all its own. Running your fingers over a piece of engraved stationery reveals the textures unique to engraving – finely detailed, raised letters with slight indentations on the reverse side of the paper. With the die now secured on the press, ink is added to only the engraved areas, and any excess ink is wiped away. Pressure forces the paper into the cavity of the die and raises the surface of the paper, with the ink adhering to the raised surface. The beauty of engraving lies in the contrasting thick and thin lines, creating a three-dimensional quality. Heavy lines are more pronounced, while thin lines are more delicate. No other process is capable of creating this multilevel effect.
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