Toner is used with digital printing, which lays flat on your paper of choice. All other printing methods require the use of a die or plate.
Letterpress is printed with ink and is done with a polymer die. The colors are softened and a little mottled if the printing field is large. Letterpress presses into the page.
Foiling is created by stamping a metallic or pigmented foil into the page using a metal die. The colors are crisp and it is the only one of our printing techniques that offers a shiny metallic finish. Foiling presses into the page but not as deeply as letterpress.
Blind debossing and embossing create an impression without ink. Blind debossing stamps the impression into the cardstock. Blind embossing works in reverse, it extrudes the image from the cardstock.
Thermography combines offset ink with a powdered resin which is baked. This has the effect of raising the text off the page. The result is the shiny ink that can be felt when a hand is run across the cardstock.
We can print on paper up to 16pts thick digitally. Paper that is thicker than that needs to be printed either with offset printing or letterpressed. If we are printing digitally, we can duplex paper together to give you thick paper after the printing is completed.
Yes, we can. If you have a Pantone color value (PMS), we can match to that. If you do not have that then, you can provide us with a swatch or print sample that we need to match.
No, we do not require a minimum; you can order just one. However, the more your order the cost per unit will drop. Business cards are the one exception. We sell them in set amounts of 250, 500, and 1000. If you want less than that, the price for less will be the same as the 250.
Yes, we have a team of designers that are ready to help you. The more guidance you provide in what you are looking for helps us to get you a design you like. We charge by the hour for design time.
Not only can we design your logo, we can also give you branding guidelines if you want. This allows you to control the look of your brand when designing websites, promotional goods, or other print collateral. We charge by the hour for design time.
We do not check for spelling, grammatical, or accuracy errors. That is the client’s responsibility. However, if we catch a misspelling or mistake, we will notify you. If we are doing the designing, we will use cut and paste for the content to minimize mistakes on our end. When we send you a digital proof for approval, please check the document for not only layout and design, but accuracy.
Digital proofs are provided on all files that we create on your behalf. If you have sent us the print ready file, we will print from that file without digital proofing. If you are reviewing a proof, this is your chance to check for accuracy, not just if it looks nice. We do not begin printing until we receive a signed approval form.
If you want a printed proof, please let us know when ordering. There can be fees associated with a printed proof. Like a digital proof, we cannot begin printing until we have received your approval.
Keep in mind that every screen renders color differently. Also, monitors use RGB colors made with light, and printers use CMYK made with ink. Some colors can appear quite different from what you see on your screen. If you are concerned about how the color will look, please request a printed proof so that you can see the actual colors before production.
Standard orders, depending on complexity, can be done in 2-4 days depending on our current workloads. During peak times, we will let you know when to expect an order to be completed. If you have a hard deadline, just let us know so we can adjust our print schedule to accommodate your deadline.
Yes, we can rush an order. We have same day turnaround and next day turnaround. Depending on our workload, rush fees may be applicable. To be considered same day, we need at least 4 business hours to complete your job. If we are not able to meet your needs for any reason, we will let you know before committing to print your job.
Yes, we are the home of Marsupial Papers® so we have more paper options than most printers do. However, if we do not have that in house, we can source paper from numerous mills and place special orders. In some instances, they may be minimum paper quantities we have to order so that can impact the overall price, but we will let you know costs before proceeding.
Please notify us immediately. If we have not started printing your job, you can still revise your files. If we have started, we can do a reprint. We can offer you a reduced cost on your reprint in most cases.
You can cancel your order and get a refund if we have not started any work. If we have ordered paper, dies, supplies or have begun any designing, then you can get a partial refund. Once printing has begun, there are no refunds.
You can place an order by calling, emailing, or coming into the shop. We will have online ordering soon where you can upload files and pay online. If you are reordering, an email is the quickest, and let us know that the job is a reprint.
We prefer PDFs, AI, EPS files. It is best to have all fonts outlined so we don’t have any font rendering issues when we print your job. We can also take TIF, PNG, JPEG, GIF file. Please make sure that they are print ready, meaning they have a bleed if needed, and are 300 DPI at full size. If you send a flatten file like a JPEG that is small and want it scaled larger, the image will likely degrade and lose the crisp/sharpness of the images and text. Send what you have, and we can let you know if we will have any production problems before printing.
A print ready file is sized to be the size you want the print to be. If there is a bleed, you will need to add a .125” bleed all the way around. For example, if you want an 8.5” x 5.5” print, you should be sending a file that is 8.75” x 5.75”. The file should also have text, logos, and important information set in from the cut edge by at least .125 to prevent loss during the cutting process. Files need to be 300 DPI. Fonts should either be outlined, or you send the font files as attachments along with the submission.
We get this question all the time and we are happy to make recommendations. Printing is printing, but the paper is what sets the print apart. Choose the wrong paper for a job, and it will disappoint you. Same print, but the right paper, elevates the final product to feel and look its best. If you have a paper you like from a past job, but don’t know what it is, bring it in, or mail it to us, and we will use our skills to find out what it is.
For most prints, paper is white, so paper does the work of white. If you are printing a navy background with white text for instance, the white text is where the paper shows through with no ink. However, if you want the paper to be navy, then we DO have white toner that is opaque and prints on dark colors.
Yes, we do. We are not a full-service mailing house, but we can do the basics like postcards, flats, and letters. If there is something we can’t do, we partner with a local mail-house to help us finish the job.
No, we do not typically print on letter size paper. Our printers use much large print areas and we have templates and cutting programs, and we like to gather up jobs that are on like paper, so we prefer to do the imposition. When sending us a file, please just send a single version of the document.
No, we use our own shipping account. This allows us to get a great shipping rate that we can pass on to you. We typically get a much more competitive rate than you will, due to our high shipping volumes. We use UPS and USPS exclusively. If you are ordering invitations, a signature is required when it is being delivered.
Perfect Press | is a Seattle-area stationer with a long history of elegant and innovative design. We are the home of Marsupial Papers®, which allows us to showcase a wide variety of fine papers, envelopes, and pouches. This, combined with the printing abilities of Perfect Press, give us the flexibility to design and print just about anything you can dream up.
Our Team | includes visionary graphic designers and print professionals that are here to help you come up with the perfect stationery for your event. We love delighting our customers with invitations that are uniquely theirs and of the highest quality. We believe that no detail is too small for us to handle.
Our Customers | range from brides and families coming to us for their special occasions and printing needs, to event planners that trust us to work with their clients. We are not limited by where you are located since we print for customers all over the country.
Why us? | we understand that when you come to us to print your special occasion stationery, that your event is for an important milestone in your life. We want nothing more than to ensure that we make your invitation and printed pieces feel just as elegant and memorable as your special day. We understand everyone has a budget and we can work with you to give you the look you want at the budget you set.