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Short Run Printing is Our Specialty

GaneshasAdvice

Ganesha’s Advice is just one of several greeting cards focusing on allegorical art that Oak Creek Printworks has printed for artist, Roe LiBretto. You can view more of Roe’s art at  http://www.roelibrettofineart.com.

Oak Creek Printworks has been printing greeting cards and small prints for artists and photographers since 2003.

The cards Oak Creek printed for me are beautiful! The color accuracy and paper quality are more than I expected from an online service. I look forward to doing business with you again. Thanks for all your help.

Roe LiBretto

Greeting cards are a money-maker for the artist, with the market bearing a 200- to 300-percent mark-up. We print any size greeting card and all come standard with envelopes. Cards are printed on your choice of beautiful smooth white, acid-free archival quality 100 lb. matte cover stock, or 100 lb. coated gloss cover. To finish, we hand crease, fold and inspect each and every card for assured quality.

A2 is the industry ID for a card that folds to 4.25″x5.5′”. The A6 folds to 4.625″x6.25″, A7 is 5″x7″ and A9 folds to 5.5″x8.5″. We also print panoramas that fold to 9.125″x4″ to fit in a #10 business-size envelope, and squares that fold to 5.25″x5.25″ and come with a 5.5″ square envelope.

If you need cards for gift bags or floral arrangements and want to go small, we print gift cards, which are tiny notecards, measuring only 2.25″x3.25″ when folded. We’ll also drill holes or include envelopes to match.

Check out Oak Creek Printworks Custom Printing and online design tool today to start earning money on your art.

Digital Beginnings – The New Technology

Thunderscan

Combine the capabilities of the ThunderScan 72ppi monochrome scanner with Apple Computer, Inc.’s brand new Apple LaserWriter, what you get is a far superior product for the new era’s “desktop publisher.”

The technology was brand new and not yet perfected, but I knew immediately that this was what I had been waiting for, preparing for, and drawn to since the field trip to the Bank of America corporate headquarters twenty-some-odd years earlier in the 1960s. 

The year was 1985 when my photojournalism instructor suggested computers and printers could be used for more than creating the crude graphic images of the ’70s. It was spring, and Apple Computer, Inc. had just introduced their first Laser Printer boasting an incredible 300 dots per inch resolution.

ThuderScan-cats

The ThunderSsan was not a grayscale scanner and could only produce the appearance of a halftone. Consider that the only image editing software at the time was Apple’s MacPaint, a 72dpi monochrome (black and white) gem of a starter program for a personal computer user in 1985.

The demonstration took place in a room seating about 50 people. It was during this presentation I learned that the computer could be used as a typesetting machine, a process camera, and a drafting table all in one, and one could buy a printer that could output type and graphics at high enough resolution to be reproduced on a printing press with excellent quality. All that and it would all fit on a desktop.

On the ride home my instructor engaged me in conversation and we discussed the potential of this revolutionary combination of hardware and software, which completely turned the traditional graphics design and production workflow on its head.  Instead of contracting one vendor for type galleys, a second for camera work and then cutting everything apart and pasting it up on boards, a graphic designer could output the laser prints from home (or more precisely, from the corner of one’s bedroom) on a single 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper and hand the layouts off to the printer for reproduction.

This Macintosh, ThunderScan, LaserWriter combo was as big in 1985 as was the mind-blowing Macintosh in 1984. Count me in.

The LaserWriter filled the roles of both typesetting and process camera with its debut in 1985.

The LaserWriter filled the roles of both typesetting and process camera with its debut in 1985.

Calendar Printing at Your Fingertips

Girl Meets World calendar

Oak Creek Printworks printed this “Girl Meet World” calendar as a season wrap gift for the cast and crew of the popular Disney sitcom. Each month featured a collage of still images from the “Season 2” shows.

Using the current batch of do-it-yourself calendar and bookmaking software, you can create your own custom calendar or book and print it on your inkjet or laser printer.

Get started using the free Apple or Microsoft photo editing software. Apple computers come loaded with an application called Photo. The PC equivalent is Microsoft’s free Photo Editor, which is a free download from their site. Each program enables its user to import jpg images into the respective software.

Once imported you can use the photo editing tools in Photo/Photo Editor, or, edit the images in your choice of software, saving the edited file in a compatible format, like jpg.

Oak Creek Printworks printed this “Girl Meets World” Calendar from an Acrobat PDF file created with Apple’s Photo. We printed it on our Konica Minolta C6500 production printer, making it cost effective to print large quantities of multi-page documents.

If you want to turn your Photo/Photo Editor book or calendar project into a file that can be printed by anyone, you can “Print your file to an  Adobe Acrobat PDF (portable document format),” save and send to your choice of printers.

Contact Oak Creek Printworks for a quote on printing and binding your custom book or calendar project.

Letterpress Alive and Well in the Age of Computers

Grandpa-UncleLou

One might say printing, design, typography; all are in my blood. My grandfather in the rear left is the pit boss in this 1930s era print shop. My mother was a proofreader, and my uncle, rear right also worked in the shop and later became a Linotype operator at the Chicago Sun Times. He retired in the 1960s after the paper adopted cold type.

Computers were not for my Uncle Lou. But they were, and are for me, which is why we do all our greeting card printing on short run digital “presses.” Nonetheless, the art and craft of letterpress is not dead, as we learn in Print Magazine’s recent feature, “The Letterpress Journals: Guardians of the Craft.”

Delicate Balance

This image was cropped to a square to ready it for a square greeting card design.

This image was cropped to a square to ready it to print a square greeting card.

A tiny flying insect that I called a “fairy-fly” landing on the flowering Nandina, aka Heavenly Bamboo, inspired me to do a quick photo shoot on my lunch hour last week.

“No matter the time you live, no matter who, or what you are, every one and every thing is in delicate balance.” Should I add typography to this image? What words? Different words? The jury is out. What do you think?

 

Spend your time creating—we’ll do the print work

greeting card assortment

Let us print your art on greeting cards of any size. All our prices include scoring, folding and envelopes. Colors are water-, scratch- and fade-resistent, unlike non-archival inkjet prints.

We also print bookmarks and print reproductions to 12 inches x 18 inches. Our high quality, low cost laser prints make a stunning presentation when matted and packaged as a print combo.

Westlake Village Art Guild  newsletters

We’ve been printing the Westlake Village Art Guild newsletter since 2005.

Does your art club print a newsletter? We can help. We specialize in printing everything for artists and crafters from newsletters and booklets to business cards, postcards and product tags.

Don’t see the print product you’re looking for on our website? Give us a call at 805-522-5475. We quote custom orders.

Featured Artist Showcases Coffee Table Book

David Hartung performs a press check on his book, Macau: Work in Progress.

Featured Artist, David Hartung, performs a press check on his book, Macau: Work in Progress. A video is available for viewing at PearlRiverGallery.com.

Watch the printing, binding and packaging of Macau: Work in Progress, as photographer, David Hartung, narrates this seven-minute video on the making of his documentary coffee table volume. You can also see a novel animated preview of the entire edition at PearlRiverGallery.com.

Pearl River Gallery was founded by photographers David Hartung and Forbes Conrad as a vehicle for distributing quality photographic materials in a way that makes sense for content creators and buyers alike.

The gallery is the official venue for US distribution of David Hartung‘s book Macau: Work in Progress. Books ship from their California warehouse.

Annual Christmas Card Challenge

Victorian era Christmas cardEvery year when it comes time to make the holiday card, whether for business or personal, I struggle to come up with fresh ideas that top previous years’ efforts. Invariably it’s the shoemaker’s kid who goes without shoes…that was me growing up as the shoemaker’s kid, and it’s still me as a designer, generating fresh ideas for clients year after year. No matter how much design and printing styles have morphed over the 17 decades since Christmas cards were first exchanged in London in 1843, much about the sentiments and adornments remain virtually unchanged.

Christmas cards came to Americans in 1874 thanks to Louis Prang, a Boston printer, illustrator, “father of American greeting cards” and namesake of the Louie Awards. Prang first offered Christmas cards as a commercial product in England in 1873. His exquisite chromolithography full color illustrations and printing set the industry standard for mass produced color prints displaying small animals, butterflies and flora among the popular subjects. By the next decade Prang produced designs for greeting cards representing all the major holidays.

Victorian era Christmas cardMany of the holiday cards from the Victorian era were derived from nature. In addition to a folding greeting card, postcards and bookmarks were popular holiday greeting sizes.

This year’s inspiration for my greetings comes, not just in the form a greeting card, but in a practical keepsake that is multi-functional. My obsession with bookmarks stems from the fact that I haven’t give up on the printed word yet. I got the Kindle as a gift, and it was a handy gadget to carry around while traveling, provided it had no technical issues. There were issues, and I spent needless vacation hours resolving them, finally exchanging my Kindle for a new one. Since then, we’ve opted for an iPad, but I don’t use either the Kindle or the iPad as a replacement for books or magazine. No thank you, I’ll keep my print editions. Magazines just aren’t the same on a Kindle.

Nearly every print edition of a book requires a bookmark as a placeholder, and I may be reading or perusing a dozen books at once. Since I know there are many others like myself who find their electronic gadgets otherwise indispensable, but aren’t crazy about curling up with their iPad, I figure everyone needs a bookmark. So instead of gift tags, which are typically too small for the names that need to fit onto it, I’m using bookmarks, and I’ll be sending them or something akin to them this year.

Oak Creek Printworks can print bookmarks to double-duty as cards or gift tags. Click here to link to Custom Printing. We print in the following formats. Measurements indicate trim size: Gift cards – 3.25 x 2.25 inches, A2 note cards – 4.25 x 5.5 inches, A6 greeting cards – 4.625 x 6.25 inches, A7 greeting cards – 5 x 7 inches.

specs for printing bookmarks