Frequently Asked Questions
Transforming the everyday into the exceptional is never easy. The most successful projects are usually the most carefully planned; the specialist processes described in this website are no different.
Because much of what we produce is unusual these hints can help you decide on the suitability of the paper and process with the design, ensuring your message has a major impact.
In general, please also remember that your order will be carried out much more promptly if all your instructions are clear. Make sure you inform us of material colour, sizes and quantities, that artwork is correct and that you include a reference to any relevant Baddeley Brothers estimates.
Please call 0208 986 2666 to discuss your requirements. We are here to help and advise on production costs and technical requirements. Or maybe you just want to feel … some more?
Using our comprehensive library we provide a sample service of examples to help define your thoughts and ideas.
At The Design Phase
Suitability of Materials
Envelopes: Converting Your Printed Sheet
Pre-Printed Materials Supplied By You
Fitting to a Printed Image
At the design phase
Obtain a estimate and schedule for the job to help make sure a clear working framework exists from the start; it will help to avoid any potentially disastrous last minute panics.
We are fully equipped to handle and output your creative work … send to:
Suitability of materials
We always recommend testing materials first to make sure they work together, eg engraving does not take to laminated or varnished surfaces, laid papers may need blanking out to avoid feathering of fine engraving; foil may not release cleanly on some materials; and certain materials may crack or burst when folded or blind embossed.
Equally, for envelopes please check the suitability of the paper with us, as certain gums may not seal the paper adequately.
Whilst every effort is made to match Pantone colours, it should be remembered that the opacity of the paper or interaction between different processes can sometimes affect the finished shade. This particularly applies to any process using heat or when a gloss finish is involved.
It’s well worth paying for a full proof of any job not absolutely straightforward; it could also help give your customer a better understanding of what you’re trying to achieve.
To minimise any problem due to the unsuitability of materials, to ascertain the window position against an address box or to match size to planned contents, we will make up envelope dummies free of charge prior to a production run.
Envelopes: converting your printed sheet
To make sure printing is correctly positioned, we will provide you with a lay-down sheet and dummy.
Pre-printed materials supplied by you
Business cards, compliments slips and other small items cannot normally be handled if they are cut to size in advance. Please check with us first to ascertain the correct lay-down and trims sizes.
When planning any printing that is to be further processed by us, check first that the lay-edges you wish to use are compatible with ours.
Fitting to a printed image
To minimise discrepancies in artwork it is always preferable to make a block or die after printing so that they can be checked for fit against the printed image.
The operating temperatures of laser copiers and other office equipment are so high that they can cause thermography to melt. We therefore recommend you check with us before you finalise your requirements.