About to bid on a corprate job. Client would like art/design to be printed directly onto the matboard. Any one I can outsource to? I have check with local printshops. No one set up for such a thing here. Ideas? Suggestions? Recommendations?
You could layout your text on the computer and save the file as a word-processing document. Take or send this to a local service bureau that does pre-press work for ad agencies and graphic designers. Tell them you want it converted to a Matricolor or Identicolor output. You will receive a printout in the form of a rub-on transfer that you can apply directly to the mat. This then needs to be burnished down while covered with the included protective tissue.
I use this technique for putting the names on the mats for school class photos etc. The text can be any color you want, using the Pantone matching system.
They can also be screen printed. I did a job for a local corporation as part of a year long promotion to some of their affiliated corps. It involved screen printing their logo and particular copy on each of 4 sets of mat boards, for 4 different events. I took the job to someone that does commercial screen printing and they did a great job.
There are certain surfaces that accept the inks better than others. Check with the printer and the mat board co. before making a selection.
Carol and Rich Riman have our da Vinci software and large format printers. Their frame shop is in Massachusetts. The da Vinci software is the program we designed specifically for printing on mat board. Feel free to call me and I will put you in touch with Rich and Carol.
I have worked with rub-tranfers before. I like the fact that I would be able to cut the opening the line up the tranfer accordingly. I do not like the idea of having to do 120 of them. Not to mention we have selected a shadowbox design. Lots o' labor there already.
Edd- How does the da Vinci work? Should the opening be cut first then printed on?