Billings world-class offset and digital printing.
You want your marketing message to put you a step ahead of the competition, right? No matter the task, our print services can make you look good.
Whether you need basic one-color flyers or pamphlets, a banner to hang from the side of a building, or anything in between, our specialists can help define — and then create — the look you want. And with a wide array of special printing effects like personalized communication, specialty inks, papers, finishes and more, your message will soon boast that “Wow” that makes you stand out.
The AlphaGraphics offset printing department consists of 4 Heidelberg presses and our direct-to-metal pre-press/platemaking system. Offset printing is one of the highest quality print methods available, with unrivaled clarity, sharpness, contrast, and color. For larger quantity print jobs, using the offset press allows us to produce amazing quality projects at a more affordable cost-per-piece
In addition to the unsurpassed print quality, our four-color offset press is capable of overlaying spot varnishes, which can affect the ink’s glossiness in specific areas, making the piece more unique and eye-catching. Perfect for:
Digital Color Printing
Our Hewlett Packard Indigo digital press is the perfect marriage of an offset press’s superior output quality, and the speed and convenience of a commercial-class color laser. The Indigo digital printing press can produce 12×18 size prints at blinding speeds, and is perfect for smaller, quicker projects that still need the top-notch quality of an offset-produced print.
In addition, the Indigo has full variable data processing capabilities, meaning it can process a mailing list and produce 100% unique pieces for each recipient, utilizing personalized text and images (Learn more about VDP here).
- Perfect application for demanding short run books, flyers, brochures, business cards, rack cards, and newsletter projects.
- Wide range of media – 40# book to 16 point board stock – coated, uncoated, synthetics, pearls.
- Lut color profiles can be set and locked per client or project to achieve precise color consistency.
Digital Black & White Printing
The Océ VarioPrint 110, a co-development product of Canon and Océ, is our black and white production workhorse. This unit incorporates the Océ VarioPrint toner system capable of producing prints up to 600×1200 dpi (dots per inch). This results in higher quality characters, smoother corners, and cleaner gradient transitions. The Océ can print on a 12 x 18” sheet with excellent results on both coated and uncoated stock.
- Up to 135 impressions per minute
- Wide range of stocks
- Full variable processor at quick speed
- Unique sustainability features – no ozone emissions, selenium, fuser oil or developer, and virtually no toner waste or particle emissions as well as reduced energy consumption, and EPA EnergyStar rated with lowest TEC (Typical Electricity Consumption) value in its class.
Common Printing Terms
Two or more parallel folds that open like an accordian.
Folding a sheet two or more times in the same direction.
Process of securing pages together and/or attaching them to a cover, to form single copies.
Printing that extends beyond the cut line of the finished piece, allows edge to edge color after trimming.
A Characteristic of paper referring to how much light it reflects.
The state of a document when it’s prepared to the exact specifications of the job (size, colors, bleed, resolution).
Coil or Spiral Binding
A method of attaching multiple sheets by inserting a continuous coil of wire into pre-drilled holes on the binding edge.
A method of attaching multiple sheets by inserting a curved plastic comb into pre-drilled holes on the binding edge.
Numbering copies by pressing an image on a sheet which transfers to all parts of the piece.
Using a custom formed metal blade to cut out a shape in a piece of paper.
The process of applying a foil (usually metallic) material to paper using a heated die.
Four Color Process
A document with a color space consisting of combinations of Cyan(C), Magenta(M), Yellow(Y), and Black(K).
The arrangement and orientation of pages to ensure efficient paper use and correct finishing/binding.
Method of printing using a chemically-coated plate whose image areas attract ink.
All processes required to set up a press for a run, including running color test sheets of paper.
In a design document, boundary that extends inward from the cutline – used to keep important elements from getting to close to the finished edge.
Method of lithographic printing that transfers ink from a plate to a blanket, then from the blanket to the paper.
PMS (Pantone) Color
Pantone matching system – an international system used to mix inks to standard colors used by printers.
Folds that are parallel to each other – a common 8.5×11 letter is parallel folded.
A process by which single sheets are stacked, then the binding edge is roughed up and an adhesive is applied. A cover is then wrapped around the pages.
Punching small holes in a sheet of paper to facilitate tearing along a predetermined line.
The process performed by a prepress technician to ready a file for printing. Includes color and font management, imposition, and various other adjustments.
The binding of sheets of paper by folding in half and stapling the seam of the fold.
To mechanically press a small channel into paper along a line to facilitate a fold.
Liquid laminate bonded and cured with ultraviolet light. Can be used for protection on mail pieces or pieces that have a significant amount of ink coverage.
A finishing process where a transparent varnish is applied over the printed sheet to serve as protection, or to produce a custom finish.