Q. Do you print anything besides color business cards?
A. Inquiry Intelligence Systems (or IQ Systems), Inc. is a full service commercial printer. We can print almost anything you can imagine including business cards, postcards, brochures, CD's and DVD's and more.
Q. What kind of presses do you have?
A.We offer the use of our Canon Image press 6000vp. This is a Digital Press, not traditional offset printing, but with the same or better quality. The advantages of the digital press are the ability to do short runs, exact color matching through use of a “digital eye” as well as exact future reproduction of any job previously printed at the click of a button. A quote from the Canon Site
“The imagePRESS C6000 produces output that rivals offset quality, maintains superior color consistency, and empowers you to fulfill a wide range of jobs, including saddle-stitched booklets, hard-copy reproductions, direct mail pieces, and marketing collateral.”
In addition to the Canon 6000VP, we also have the ability to print duplicate and package CD's, and DVD's on demand as well (Minimum 10 per order). Our Disc printing is done with a thermal retransfer process that provides 300 dpi minimum image quality, and a lamination over the data level of the disc, making it more durable, and providing better protection for your image. This process is the cheapest and highest quality way to make professional quality Discs without having to print hundreds at a time to receive a discounted price.
Q. What resolution size do you print?
A. Our standard print resolution for our machinery is 600 dpi. Our equipment can print up to a true 1200 DPI if that is what your needs are (Photo quality prints) but for most printed pieces that we handle, 600 DPI is plenty.
Q. What resolution do you require for a scan or photograph?
A. 600 dpi is adequate, but for true photo quality, or black and white (grayscale) Photographs, 1200 dpi should be used if possible. If you are using a 1200 dpi setting, and would like to submit files for printing, Please send them on a disk through standard mail, or compress them before sending via email as these files can reach sizes up 100mb apiece.
Q. Do you have a specific dot gain setting for Photoshop files?
A. Yes. Select Printing Inks Setup in Preferences under the File Menu and be sure the settings read as follows: Printing Inks shoud be SWOP (coated) and the Dot Gain should be 15%.
Q. Should I use CMYK or RGB mode for Photoshop files.
A. As a rule: Always convert your Photoshop files to CMYK! Your files will be printed on a digital press that can handle either type of file, but it is likely that your RGB Files may not give the exact color that you are looking for. An RGB file may print correctly on your standard color laser printer, but it does not always translate correctly on the RIP. Be sure to change your files to CMYK to avoid additional production charges and delays in your print job.
Q. How should I save my Photoshop files?
A. Use TIFF (LZW compression off) or EPS (binary) files only! Other formats such as JPEG, PICT, etc., have mixed results or fail to print altogether when output to our Print Server.
Q. How many colors can you print?We will use another quote from the canon site here to best explain:
"With a true 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution and 256 levels of grayscale, the imagePRESS C6000VP consistently reproduces clear, sharp images with the lifelike skin tones, smooth gradients, and color accuracy needed to satisfy even the most perceptive buyers of printed materials. Combined with the job-management, color control, and production capabilities of the imagePRESS Server A1100 or Canon Color UFR II/PCL/PS Printer Kit the imagePRESS C6000 delivers the best combination of speed, performance, quality, and value in the market!"