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Summer 2019 Print Projects

Posted on 29 August 2019

I seem to say this at the end of every summer but where did the summer go?!

Our shop was busy all of July and August  producing print projects for our clients. Here are some of the more interesting projects that Graphics Production Group was involved in this summer.

 

6 Pack Tall Can Case

 

      

 

This case is standing out on the shelves at your local Grocery store or Beer Store across Ontario. It is produced printing Litho on a Wet Strength paper material, Die Cut, folded, glued and then the handle is reinforced. This 6 Pack tall can carrier is very durable and won't break on the way to the car, the fridge or the cottage. 

 

Product Brochures 

 

 

 

These brochures are printed litho, soft touch laminate the cover and then scored and stitch. You will see these in any mattress stores that sell sealy products.

 

 

Ottawa Pride Festival Beer Labels

 

 

 These can labels were printed digitally on rolls, featuring  the colors of the pride flag & the city of Ottawa into the artwork. 

 

 

50th Anniversary Event 

 

    

 

We printed many things for our clients 50th anniversary event. Starting with the Invites printed digitally with soft touch laminate and gold foil, Wall Graphics were printed on 3M wall decal material and professionally installed and we printed Game Board pieces on coroplast stock. 

 

 

Marketing Package

 

 

Custom Tent Cards, Scratch Tickets and Keg Collars for promoting Space Invader Beer.

 

We sure had a lot of fun getting involved in these projects and producing the print this summer.

With Fall right around the corner, the kids back to school and everyone back from holidays we are back into full production mode. Contact the print consultants at Graphics Production Group to start your next project!

Chris Downey

Print Consultant

905 447 0257

chris@graphicspg.com 

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New Machine On Our Floor! Epson P8000

Posted on 9 July 2019
New Machine On Our Floor! Epson P8000

Graphics Production Group recently acquired a new wide format machine, the Epson P8000 and we wanted to share all the great things it is capable of doing!

 

Epson SureColour P8000

 

The Epson P800 is designed for graphics and photo applications.

44" inch wide media prints to the edge of the sheet allowing to print 44" x as long as you need!

8 Colour Ink Heads allows us to achieve 94% of the Pantone Guide on coated media.

The paper it handles includes Matte, Gloss, Fine Art, Photo and Vinyl material.

This machine is perfect for; Posters, Rack Cards, Art Prints, Vinyl Banners and much more!

 

Latest Wide Format Projects 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact our printing specialists or call 416 298 8322 to start your large format project and stand out from the crowd today!

 

Chris Downey 

Print Consultant

905 447 0257

chris@graphicspg.com 

 

 

 

 

 

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Discounter's Pool & Spa Warehouse Store Signage Project

Posted on 1 May 2019
Discounter's Pool & Spa Warehouse Store Signage Project

 

Graphics Production Group recently worked with Discounter's Pool & Spa Warehouse on revamping their retail store signage.

Doing business in Ontario for over 30 years, Discounter's Pool & Spa Warehouse prides themselves on being able to deliver unbeatable value as an Authorized Dealer of Brand Names at warehouse prices. Through their 7 retail outlets, located in Downsview, Scarborough, Mississauga, Hamilton, Kitchener, London and Barrie, they continue to provide the best in swimming pool and spa products.

When Graphics Production Group met with Rob Newman, the Senior Director of Branch Operations for Discounter's Pool & Spa, he explained that the retail stores did not have a consistent look or signage to them. Upon entering a Discounter's Pool & Spa store you mainly see signage and promotions from all of the various brands they carry. Rob's job was to standardize the stores and create consistent store branding for all Discounter's Pool & Spa Warehouse. 

Here is the Downsview Store prior to the renovation:

 

Working with Graphics Production Group, Discounter's Pool & Spa implemented Category Signage for all the products they carried: Wall Graphics, Checkout Signs, Water Testing Signs and Way Finding Signs. Graphics Production Group recommended the material to print the signs on, designed all of the signage, printed the signage and installed all of the wall graphics. 

Check out the new store and retail signage:

 

 

Now when you visit the Downsview store it is easy to find what you are looking for by the store signage. Everything is organized and looks visually appealing. 

 

Start your next retail store signage project by contacting the print consultants at Graphics Production Group today!

 

Chris Downey

Print Consultant

905 447 0257

chris@graphicspg.com

 

 

 

 

 



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Labels & Stickers

Posted on 5 March 2019

Labels and Stickers come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and stocks. At Graphics Production Group we work with our clients on all of their labeling needs.

When it comes to labels we can handle complex to simple requirements. These are some of the things you need to consider when running a label job:

1. What are the labels going to be used for? What are you sticking the label to? 

2. Are the labels hand applied or machine applied?

3. Label Stocks - Many to choose from Gloss, Matte, Silver, Gold, Clear, removable, water resistant, the list goes on!

4. Die cut to a special shape or square cut?

5. Quantity of Labels can determine whether we run the job digital or Litho.

 

For every label projects we consult with our customer on all these factors to make sure you are getting the right label for your application, on time and at a reasonable price.
 

Check out our latest label projects below!

 

Sports Equipment Stickers 

 

Promo Stickers for Sporting Events 

 

 

 

Labels Screw Packaging

 

 

 

Window Labels

 

 

 

Laptop Labels

 

 

Promo Stickers 

 

Craft Brewery Labels 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope these labels have inspired you!  We have several samples to provide ideas for your next project -contact us to get started! 

 

Chris Downey

Print Consultant

905 447 0257

chris@graphicspg.com

 

 

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The Royal York - Recreating the Largest Hotel in the British Commonwealth Book

Posted on 1 February 2019

The Royal York Hotel Book Project

 

From time to time Graphics Production Group is lucky enough to work on some interesting print projects. Over the summer and fall we worked on this piece of History and Print that we wanted to share with you.

Heritage architects can conserve, renovate, and restore historic buildings and return their former glory through careful interventions with new and original materials, construction methods, and even cutting edge tools to emulate the original approach; but what about applying this conservation approach to an aging and run-down book about that building? That's exactly the project that Graphic Production Group was able to be part of this last summer.

ERA Architects is a Toronto-based architecture and planning firm, specializing in heritage conservation, who have been working for many years with the Royal York Hotel, which is of course one of Toronto's most well-known historic properties. The conservation team has many resources at its disposal to accurately rehabilitate the interiors and exterior of the hotel and direct the strategy of the project, from archival photos to architectural drawings and construction notes, and even promotional images and advertisements from the time between the 1920s and the 1960s.

One particular piece of important research reference came in the form of a 24 page promotional booklet made for the first major addition and update to the Royal York Hotel in 1957. Unlike monochrome photographs or blueprints, this booklet included full-colour illustrations of all the interior spaces of the hotel at the time, offering an unparalleled insight into the colour palette, textures, and even the lighting choices and furniture as they actually were.

Even though promotional materials like flyers and booklets are easily saved artifacts, tucked away in a drawer or as keep-sake souvenirs, as far as anyone could tell between the Canadian Pacific Railway Archives and the private collection of the Royal York, this book was the only known available copy: So, ERA was asked to make a faithful replica and to produce a limited edition run in honour of the hotel's grand history. Graphics Production Group was chosen to do the print production and played a vital role in creating solutions to the challenges of the project and there were many. 

 

Original Book

 

 

 

There were many challenges and things to consider when it comes to recreating a book from scratch.

1. The first challenge was that there were of course no print files or original artwork to start from each page needed to be recreated;

2. The cover's 'Canadian Pacific Rail' red and gold foil needed to be matched as closely as possible;

3. The cover illustration of the building was a blind emboss and a new print die needed to be created; and

4. Picking similar paper stocks that had the same texture and tone as the original was essential for reproducing the same vibrant colours and the overall feel of the book as a physical object.

 

The Process

Carl Shura, the graphic designer at ERA Architects was instrumental in getting this project done. He took on scanning the entire book and creating all the necessary print-ready files for Graphics Production Group. The project had two basic pieces to it: the covers, including a die-cut, glued folder pocket and blind-embossed image; and the 24 inside pages.

 

The Cover

We printed the outside cover on Cougar Natural Cover weight stock. It was litho printed 4/4 + 2 Special Pantones, one for the red and one for the gold. Considerable effort was taken to match the red precisely, as it was a defining element not only for the covers, but was used throughout the book for headlines and sidebars. Even after the designer had finished with the interior images, text, and colour corrections, GPG expertly altered the ink densities and tints to ensure that every page was perfect against the original, and matched the red of the cover.

After it was printed, the covers went for embossing of the building illustration.

 

The Dies

Recreating the print die was one of the hardest parts of the project because the original was a multi-level sculptural die, expertly executed by a craftsman and engraved by hand. The intricate detail that was in the original needed to be transferred over to the new book within a single layer die, with attention to the positive and negative spaces of the original. The designer worked from tracings of the cover and created a digital file that could be used to machine a new print die.

Once the cover was printed and embossed, the next step was creasing and die cutting on our Heidleberg press. There are creases scored on the front and the back of the book for illustrated gate folds; the die left an extended tab on the inside back cover to create a pocket at the back of the book. The last step for the cover was to glue the back pocket into place. 

 

The Inside Pages

The entire book had to be scanned and digitally remastered to create usable print files. This entailed isolating every illustration, colour-correcting them (essentially removing the cream-coloured paper from behind the image and accounting for it to be reproduced back onto a similarly cream-coloured paper) and also resetting all of the text manually, making sure everything was aligned in the same place as the original book.

The inside pages were digitally printed on Cougar natural text weight stock. With the inside of the book we had to make sure the red closely resembled the red pantone on the cover and that the pictures came out clean as though they were the original pages.

 

Putting it all Together

Once all these steps were done we could finally put the book together! To do this we trimmed all the pages down to size and then saddle stitched the cover to the inside pages.

 

Final Results

 

 

 

 

 


We would like to thank The Royal York Hotel and ERA Architects for giving us the opportunity to work on this print project. The History of the book and the many print processes that were used made this project unique and fun to work on. If you are looking to recreate a printed piece from the past or have a project that involves many different print processes, call or email the print consultants at Graphics Production Group today.

 

Chris Downey

Print Consultant

(905) 447-0257

Chris@graphicspg.com

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Summer 2019 Print Projects

Posted on 29 August 2019
I seem to say this at the end of every summer but where did the summer go?! Our shop was busy all of July and August  producing print proj...
Posted in: Monthly Update  

New Machine On Our Floor! Epson P8000

Posted on 9 July 2019
New Machine On Our Floor! Epson P8000
Graphics Production Group recently acquired a new wide format machine, the Epson P8000 and we wanted to share all the great things it is capable...
Posted in: Monthly Update  

Discounter's Pool & Spa Warehouse Store Signage Project

Posted on 1 May 2019
Discounter's Pool & Spa Warehouse Store Signage Project
  Graphics Production Group recently worked with Discounter's Pool & Spa Warehouse on revamping their retail store signage. ...
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