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Design & Printing Capabilities

The Towne Printer was established in 1963. We have grown from a small mom and pop operation to one of the largest quick printers in the state. We offer printing, copying, graphics, mailing and project management all under one roof. This provides a place for one stop shopping and eliminates vendor mistakes and avoids project delays.

We've integrated a seasoned graphic design studio and expert offset print shop to provide outstanding customer service and quality printing. Whether it is graphic design, 1 to 4-color offset printing, specialty printing or project management, no one else in the Flathead Valley offers all of these services and we pride ourselves on producing your project from start to finish. We don't just want to design and/or print a single project for you - we want to be a solution-providing resource and an integral part of your team.

The Towne Printer way .... Quality, Pride & Service


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Services

At The Towne Printer, we are committed to seeing your project through to completion. Working with us means access to as little or as much help as you will need. Whether it is basic graphic design, custom offset printing, fulfillment/finishing, mailing or any combination of these services, we are here to help. Full project management on down to making a few copies, we have a large range of offerings. Click on any one of the links below for more information.


 

FAQ's
Project Graphic Bindery &
Management Design Finishing

 


Mailing Printing

 



Project Management

The Towne Printer's Project Management is your full service, start to finish, off-site design/print/mailing facility. We handle every detail of even the most complicated projects. We will concept and budget each step for you; design and source your materials, then manufacture and warehouse your entire project with timed mailings and deliveries.

Let us take the headache of coordinating a major graphic communication project off your shoulders, and enjoy the benefits of working with one knowledgeable vendor from start to finish.

The Towne Printer staff works hard to provide you and your business with a one stop solution to your design, print and mailing needs. 'Quality, Pride & Service' are more than words to us, they are a commitment to you, our customer.

 

Questions? Please contact Lisa Street


Graphic Design

At The Towne Printer, we collaborate with our clients from concept to execution for memorable and effective design solutions. We handle projects of any size; first-rate corporate identity kits, logos, promotions and mailers, annual reports, business cards and wedding invitations.

Our professionally trained graphic designers will work within your budget to create a design that you can stand behind and be proud to display. Stop by the office to speak with one of our designers today!

Below is a list of some of the design services we provide:

Banners Envelopes Menus
Books Flyers Newsletters
Brochures Forms Postcards
Business Cards Invoices Posters
Catalogs Letterhead Stamps & Stickers
Door Hangers Magazines ... and Much More !

The Towne Printer also provides other digital services such as scanning, emailing and archiving of documents.

DesignTemplateImage Design Templates    
LearnMoreSoftware Click here to learn more about our design software & equipment   LearnMoreSoftware Document preparation tips and requirements

Bindery & Finish

While bindery and finishing are usually the last phases of a printed job, it is important to identify these needs up front when planning the job so you receive a professional result.

Towne Printer offers an array of bindery styles to fit any project, as well as finishing services like cutting and scoring. Not sure what type of finishing you might need for your project? Just give us a call or stop by the shop in Whitefish or Kalispell and our trained staff will be more than happy to assist you.

  The Towne Printer offers many bindery styles, and
    here are examples of just a few;

 


Mailing Services

When your printed project is finished, let us manage your mailing services to save you time and money. We offer full-service mailing that is fast and easy. The Towne Printer uses Smartmailer Postal Presort & Mail Management Database software in conjunction with an AddressRight DA950 printer. This allows us to presort your mailing list and imprint the destination address as well as the ability to imprint your return address if necessary.

Our goal is simply to provide our customers with bulk mail solutions to help them achieve a successful mailing campaign at the lowest possible rates. We accomplish this through our expertise in USPS technical knowledge, database management and great customer services.

We also offer Material Management & Control, which means we will house your printed materials until you are ready to do your mailing, again, saving you time, money and storage space.

Products we can mail for you include:

Booklets Letters
Brochures Magazines
Campaign Materials Newsletters
Flyers Postcards

LetterPix
Requirements for Bulk Mailings:

Minimum of 200 addresses for a Standard Mailing
Minimum of 500 addresses for a First Class Bulk Mailing
Excel Mailing List


Questions? Please contact Lisa Street


Printing

Our print shop is equipped with the latest (Cobalt metal plating system), and greatest (Heidelberg) print technology in existence. Our presses produce high quality, high speed, full color and 2 color printing up to 20,000 sheets per hour. The Towne Printer's state of the art 'direct to plate' system means we can print straight from your camera ready art or digital files... less steps, more productivity.

With paper sizes up to 14.75" x 21.5", we can handle most any project on our Heidelberg Printmaster 5 color press. Whether you need to print your existing business card in different colors, or print and fold 100,000 brochures; our press team is ready and able to satisfy your discerning eye in time to meet looming deadlines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LearnMoreSoftware Click here to learn more about our design software & equipment      

Equipment

Click links below to view equipment specifications for each department at The Towne Printer.

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Graphic Design and Pre-Press



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Printing



BinderyFinishing

Bindery and Finishing


Equipment

PrintingPress

Graphic Design and Pre-Press

• Easy to use FTP file upload available on our website 24/7

• Easy to use 1-2-3 product 'Reordering' available on our website 24/7

• Apple iMac with an Intel i5 2.5 GHz processor

• Full array of publishing, layout and design software including Adobe CS5, Publisher, Microsoft Office and Mac OSX software compatibility

• Full-service layout, graphic and design artists on staff

• Scanning - Transparency, slides, negatives or prints
(maximum flexible media size 12 x 18)

• Xenith RIP System with GMG Colorproof, High Resolution proofing

• Jobs pre-flighted with Pitstop Professional

• Epson Pro 7880 proofer, specifically profiled press output for color accuracy


Questions? Contact our professional Design Department


Equipment

EquipmentPrinting

Printing

Climate Controlled Plate Room Press Specifications
Cobalt 4 Metal Plate System Maximum sheet size - 22" x 14"
  Minimum sheet size - 4.25" x 5.5"
Press Room - Offset Maximum sheet thickness - 30 point board
5 - Color Heidelberg Printmaster52 Minimum sheet thickness - onion skin
4 - Color Heidelberg Printmaster GTO  
(2) 2 - Color Ryobi 3302  
   
Digital Printers  
Xerox DocuColor 52  
Xerox 4112 with Black & White Finishing  
   

 

 

Questions? Contact Us...


Equipment

PrintingPress

Bindery and Finishing

•  30" Polar Mohr Cutter

•  Baum Folder (11" x 17" and 24" x 35")

•  Challenge 3 Hole Drill

•  Comb Binder and Coil/Spiral Binder

•  Horizon VAC-100M Collator

•  Kombi Rapper Shrink Wrap System

•  Saddle Stitching Equipment

•  Sheet & Roll Laminating Equipment

•  Vello Binder

 

Questions? Contact us


Basic Steps

After reading this page, you will be ready to get a custom quote for your project.

Size
There are standard sizes for most every print job: business cards are 2" by 3.5", letterhead is 8.5" by 11", and business envelopes are 4.125" by 9.5". We are happy to customize to whichever specifications you would like. In some cases, a custom size can waste a lot of resources, increasing price and environmental impact. Ask us for tips and tricks on smart printing or check out our "Additional Resources" link at the bottom of this page for standard envelope sizes and their enclosures, and templates for other common specifications.

Quantity
With the offset printing, most cost is in the initial setup of machines and mixing of ink. On higher estimate quantities, you will see that per piece pricing can drop dramatically. Once our press is up and running, you just pay for the paper running through it! For information on price breaks and press-efficient quantities, call our Kalispell location at (406) 755-4993 or our Whitefish location at (406) 862-5770. Call today!

Ink Colors
Spot Colors
Spot colors are single, solid colors and tints of those colors that are used to make up graphics and text. A complete job can be created using only a single color (such as black or blue), or two or three. The limit depends only on your budget and design. We recommend 1 spot color for a basic job, 2 spot colors for added visual effect, and 3 or 4 for offset printing, with most of the cost in the initial setup of machines and mixing of ink. On higher estimate quantities, you will see that per piece pricing can drop dramatically. Once our press is up and running, you just pay for the paper running through it! For information on price breaks and press-efficient quantities, call our Kalispell location at (406) 755-4993 or our Whitefish location at (406) 862-5770. Call today!

Digital printing is a widely used, plate-less system that involves the reproduction of digital images on a physical surface, like a copier. Each cycle of the printer transfers a fresh image - same or different - to the substrate.

How do I choose between OFFSET and DIGITAL printing for my project?
If you have a very short run project, for example, a handful of specialty posters, digital printing is a more affordable, effective option. Because digital printing does not require plates, initial set-up costs are much lower. This is especially the case when your short run project involves 4 or more colors. In addition, digital printing makes it possible to print variable information from print to print, which conventional printing can not do.

For other projects, offset printing provides many distinct advantages, including:

Consistent high image quality on short and long run projects.
Usability on a wide range of printing surfaces in addition to smooth paper (wood, cloth, metal, leather, rough paper, etc.)
Quite simply, the beauty of ink on paper.

What is the difference between PROCESS and PANTONE colors?
Process color is common shortened form of the term "four-color printing process". Process color (and similar terms) refers both to a method of reproducing colored images on printing presses and to the specific ink colors used. Other ways of referring to this printing process include "four color", "CMYK", "full process" and "full color".

The four-color printing process is based on mixing pigments of the four following colors in order to make other colors: cyan, magenta, and yellow, plus black (abbreviated "K" for the "KEY"). Using black ink provides shadow detail and reduces the amount of the primary colors needed to print dark hues.

Four-color printing relies on qualities of color mixing and human color perception. It is the dominant method of printing that is capable of reproducing a full range of color, required for reproducing color photographs in newspapers, books and magazines.

What should I know when asking for a printing estimate?
We express ink coverage or coloration on paper like a fraction. For example, for a job that is printing black on both sides with no other color, we would write 1/1 black. Likewise, if the job were black plus 1 color, it would be written as 2/2.

Other considerations such as how heavy the coverage is, whether there are photos, and if the artwork bleeds off the page should always be determined prior to pricing a printing job.

 


'The Towne Printer' Shops

The Towne Printer is a full-service, graphic design studio and print shops located in beautiful Kalispell, Montana and Whitefish, Montana. The vision that launched both of our successful print shops continues to guide us today:

Provide outstanding customer service: We listen closely to our clients, develop consistent communication, and work collaboratively to deliver our products on-time.

Deliver the highest quality product: We take fierce pride in our craft. Our experience, honesty and pride mean we won't settle until we have achieved the most effective design and printing solutions.

Create a seamless experience: From comprehensive project management to design or print-only jobs, we have the tools and flexibility to handle whatever your design and printing needs are. Our clients enjoy the benefits of working with one knowledgeable vendor from beginning to end. We approach everything - whether it's a 1-color invitation or a 4-color, new corporate identity - with equal attention, consider all the options, research extensively, and offer multiple solutions. We love our work, which is why our clients work with us again and again, and why so many new clients come from referrals.

 


Contact Us

Kalispell Location
75 First Avenue WN
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 755-4993   •   Fax: (406) 755-4995

Mailing Inquiries: mail@towneprinter.com
General Manager: lisa@towneprinter.com
Sales: pam@towneprinter.com
Design Department: design@towneprinter.com
Owner: shawn@towneprinter.com

 

Whitefish Location
237 Baker Avenue
Whitefish, MT 59937
Phone: (406) 862-5770   •   Fax: (406) 862-0876

Documents to Print: art@towneprinter.com
Sales: pam@towneprinter.com
Design Department: graphics@towneprinter.com
Mailing Inquiries: mail@towneprinter.com
Owner: shawn@towneprinter.com

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between OFFSET and DIGITAL printing?
Offset printing is a widely used printing technique where the inked image is transferred (or "offset") from a plate first to a rubber blanket, then to the printing surface. Based on the repulsion of oil and water, paper obtains ink from ink rollers, while the non-printing area attracts a film of water, keeping the non-printing areas ink-free.

Digital printing is a widely used, plate-less system that involves the reproduction of digital images on a physical surface, like a copier. Each cycle of the printer transfers a fresh image - same or different - to the substrate.

How do I choose between OFFSET and DIGITAL printing for my project?
If you have a very short run project, for example, a handful of specialty posters, digital printing is a more affordable, effective option. Because digital printing does not require plates, initial set-up costs are much lower. This is especially the case when your short run project involves 4 or more colors. In addition, digital printing makes it possible to print variable information from print to print, which conventional printing can not do.

For other projects, offset printing provides many distinct advantages, including:

Consistent high image quality on short and long run projects.
Usability on a wide range of printing surfaces in addition to smooth paper (wood, cloth, metal, leather, rough paper, etc.)
Quite simply, the beauty of ink on paper.

What is the difference between PROCESS and PANTONE colors?
Process color is common shortened form of the term "four-color printing process". Process color (and similar terms) refers both to a method of reproducing colored images on printing presses and to the specific ink colors used. Other ways of referring to this printing process include "four color", "CMYK", "full process" and "full color".

The four-color printing process is based on mixing pigments of the four following colors in order to make other colors: cyan, magenta, and yellow, plus black (abbreviated "K" for the "KEY"). Using black ink provides shadow detail and reduces the amount of the primary colors needed to print dark hues.

Four-color printing relies on qualities of color mixing and human color perception. It is the dominant method of printing that is capable of reproducing a full range of color, required for reproducing color photographs in newspapers, books and magazines.

What should I know when asking for a printing estimate?
We express ink coverage or coloration on paper like a fraction. For example, for a job that is printing black on both sides with no other color, we would write 1/1 black. Likewise, if the job were black plus 1 color, it would be written as 2/2.

Other considerations such as how heavy the coverage is, whether there are photos, and if the artwork bleeds off the page should always be determined prior to pricing a printing job.


Glossary of Terms

A thru M

AA - abbreviation for author's alterations, changes client makes to artwork and copy

Bleed - an extra amount of printed image that extends beyond the trim edge of the sheet or the page

Blind Embossing - a design which is stamped without metallic leaf or ink, giving a base-relief effect

Coated Paper - paper having a surface coating that produces a smooth finish, from eggshell to glossy

Die Cutting - the process of using sharp steel rules to cut special shapes

Duotone - a term for a two-color half-tone reproduction from a one-color photograph

Embossing - impressing an image in relief to achieve a raised surface; either overprinting or on blank paper (called blind embossing

FPO (For position only) - typically a low resolution image positioned in a document to be replaced later with a high resolution version of the same image

Hickeys - In offset printing, spots or imperfections in the printing due to dirt on the press, dried ink skin, paper particles, etc.

Letterpress - the first printing process, a relief method that can print from cast metal type on which the image or printing areas are raised above the non-printing areas

Make-ready - all work done to set up a press printing

N thru Z

Pantone/PMS Ink - The Pantone method is based on 14 "pantone" colors that may be used by itself or in combination to create "PMS" colors

PMS (Pantone Matching System) - also referred to as "spot color", is a method of applying a pre-mixed color of ink directly to paper and is useful for projects that require only a few colors

Perfect Binding - method used for binding soft cover books where sheets are held together with a flexible adhesive

Preflighting - all the information and skills needed to accurately and effectively determine if all job components required for output, and/or proofing, are met before a project enters the production workflow. This includes: font issues, linked images, missing page elements, completeness of electronic files

Printer Spreads - also referred to as "impositions", the process of laying out and printing multiple pages of the same book on a piece of paper in such a way that when folded (and cut), they end up in the proper 1, 2, 3, 4 order for readers

Process Color - also referred to as "CMYK" or "4-color". This applies four or more standard ink colors (basic four = cyan, magenta, yellow and black) in very fine screens so that many thousands of colors are created. Process color is useful for printing photographs, paintings, and very complex images

Register - fitting two or more printing images in exact alignment with each other

Registration Marks - crosses or other targets applied to original copy to use to register two or more colors in printing

Saddle Stitch - the simplest and most inexpensive binding method where staples are forced through the backbone or spine of a booklet

Score - to impress or dent a mark in the paper to make folding easier

Self Cover - a cover of the same paper as the inside text pages

Signature - in printing and binding, the name given to a printed sheet after it has been folded

Skid - a platform support for a pile of cut sheets of paper

Spiral Binding - a book bound with wires in spiral form inserted through holes punched along the binding side

Substrate - any material that can be printed on; such as paper, plastic or fabric

Trapping - intentional overlap of colors to compensate for registration errors on press

Trim or crop marks - marks placed on the copy to indicate the edge of the page

Varnish - a thin, protective coating applied to a printed sheet for protection or appearance

Work-and-tumble - to print one side of a sheet of paper, then turn it over from gripper edge to back for the printing of the second side; the side guide remains the same

Work-and-turn - to print one side of a sheet of paper, then turn it over from left to right for the printing of the second side; the side guide changes but the gripper edge remains the same


Additional Resources

Helpful Links

These helpful sites and links have information and software useful for getting your job done right...

United States Postal Service Guidelines and Regulations
Adobe's Acrobat Reader for viewing PDF files
Stuffit file compression software
Towne Printer's FTP software to upload large files
Towne Printer's 1-2-3 Reorder software

 

 

Informational Downloads

Download these files for help on envelop size or making PDF's...

Envelop Styles and Sizes (PDF 38kb)
Exporting Printable PDFs from Indesign (PDF 723kb)