What is a Print Signature, an Imposition, and a Spread?

What is a Print Signature, an Imposition, and a Spread?

A signature is a group of pages that are printed, most likely on both sides of a single sheet of paper that once folded, trimmed, bound and cut, become a specific number of pages. If you are printing an 8-page booklet, then you would have an 8-page signature. Signatures are always divisible by 4. You cannot have a 14- page booklet unless you have fold-out pages that are not bound into the spine. Even if you do specify a fold-out page, the number of pages will always be an even number (divisible by 2) because a sheet of paper always has two sides. MORE…

What does a Print Estimator do?

What does a Print Estimator do?

When you turn in a print project to CIP for a bid, our estimator has some choices to make in their effort to get you the best possible print job for the lowest cost to you. In some ways it is like a printing puzzle; fitting together the project’s size, binding to be used, number of pages, additional finishes that happen post-printing, paper size availability, character and grain direction of paper specified, and press size. Other things that the estimator must consider are paper wastage, color conflicts on press, and the most important part of the puzzle – laying out the job in a way that will produce the cleanest and sharpest job in the end. MORE…

FIDM adds a twist to the hallowed Graduation Announcement

FIDM adds a twist to the hallowed Graduation Announcement

Graduation Announcements can be very conservative or staid and lack sometimes, can we say, some creativity?  But the designer working with FIDM, a Downtown Los Angeles Fashion College, didn’t let tradition get in the way of bringing complexity, nuance, and fun to her design. For the recipient, this was the perfect introduction to the actual… MORE…

How does CIP decide which press my job goes on?

How does CIP decide which press my job goes on?

Clear Image Printing has five different offset presses. They are specified by their manufacturer’s name and either the maximum number of colors they can print or the largest size sheet of paper that can go through them: MORE…

Become eligible for fantastic prizes just for printing with CIP.

News Flash:  Clear Image Printing has launched a monthly prize that will be given out for the next 12 months. It can be won by any CIP client who has completed a job on our new Hybrid UV Printer during any participating months in 2016 and 2017. Monthly winners are chosen randomly. You can be eligible… MORE…

Winning isn’t everything, but it sure is nice.

Winning isn’t everything, but it sure is nice.

We don’t need to be the biggest printer, but we do want to be the best. When we’re on press, working hard to get a client what they need, we aren’t thinking about awards that might come our way down the line. But when it’s all delivered and it’s time to submit for awards from… MORE…

Award Spotlight

Award Spotlight

FABULOUS: 10 Years of FIDM Museum Acquisitions Clear Image has won numerous awards for printing. Featured here is a project we are very proud of and one that won numerous awards for us and for the client. We show this to inspire you and maybe to show off just a little. MORE…

The printing industry is a rich part of our family history.

The printing industry is a rich part of our family history.

A Quick History of CIP CEO and founder Tony Toven was born into a printing family. Tony and his brother started out as teenagers printing little jobs in their garage, quickly learning that a good relationship with the client depended on getting the details right. Tony soon became a top print salesman in the industry… MORE…

A President of a Printing Company that cares.

A President of a Printing Company that cares.

Tony Toven, President/CEO “Reputation and client satisfaction is everything.” Tony Toven  Touched on in the Clear Image Printing Short History, Tony was literally born into the printing industry. His Dad was a Bindery Supervisor for 25 years and set up a little print shop in their garage. Tony started out in high school, printing with… MORE…

Staff at CIP

Staff at CIP

Some of the people behind the company Our team, made up of 40+ staff members, is truly Clear Image Printing’s most important asset. We are proud, creative, passionate people who take our promises to our clients and each other very seriously. Everyone at CIP knows we play a vital role in any project’s success. Here… MORE…

A printer that cares about the environment

A printer that cares about the environment

Environmental Commitment Clear Image Printing takes nothing for granted; not clients, not vendors, and not the environment. It is a partnership, a team effort, and we understand our responsibility to be a good steward of the world’s natural resources. Clear Image was started building everything with Green in mind. We are an FSC certified shop,… MORE…