At amp we're more than just ink on paper.
We're looking for someone to help us with day-to-day operations such as accepting deliveries, answering the phone and the occasional print finishing helper. Don't let that fool you, you will have plenty opportunies to learn about the print production process including, pre-press, customer service, and actual the production itself.
Knowledge of Microsoft Office
Mac & PC literate
Good phone voice & customer service skills
Interested in Marketing/Communications/Graphic Design/Production
Please email your resume to me (Bailee) at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can discuss school credits, etc.
Sometimes everything just can't fit on that 12"x18" sheet for our HP Indigo 5500, and for those posters/banners we turn to our large format machines. The maximum width on those machines are 44" but they can print as long as roughly 600" (50 feet). We have all types of stock to run on those machines; high gloss, semigloss, uncoated, vinyl, canvas and more.
We all know that sinking feeling when you realize you forgot a deadline. Your entire stomach feels like it's in your throat and you don't know what to do to fix the problem. At amp, we specialize in getting the printed items you forgot about done on time.
There is an art to this "fast turn time" idea. We need some super specific information from you to save precious time. Break down your specs for us - paper, quantity, size, color/black and white, double or single-sided, and if there is any binding/folding/finishing. If there is design work involved, the more specific you can be about the design, the faster we can design it. We prefer terrible hand-drawn pictures.
Lastly (and this may seem obvious) check and double-check your file.
Voila! We're ready to print. Let us know what time you need it! We'll even ship it for you - shoot us the FedEx account number, the address it ships to, and when you want it to get there.
All day, every day. Running with scissors.
For some of you, this is common knowledge. But we work with A LOT of clients who are not designers. You may work at a nonprofit or a small company that cannot afford graphic design by a professional, so this one’s for you! If you set up your file properly it will help with 3 things: 1) Speeding up the process 2) Keeping on schedule 3) The high quality printed piece you expect!
One of the most important things that we need is bleed. I have the hardest time explaining bleed and also why we need multiples of 4 pages for saddle-stitch books, but we won't go there right now. If you want a color, a photo or anything to run off the edge of the piece bleed must be added to it. We suggest 1/8" (.125") bleed all the way around the trim line. For example - a standard business card is 3.5x2, but the bleed size is 3.75x2.25.
We always want high-resolution (300dpi) PDF files for printing. We like this file type because all of the fonts and images are embedded. What you see will be the same as what we see. You can make this file type in Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Excel or any design software that you may be using. Always compare your PDF to the original file to make sure nothing dropped out in the process.
Now on to color. Our HP Indigo 5500 runs 4 colors, cyan, magenta, yellow and black; also known as CMYK. The first thing you need to do it make sure you aren’t designing in RGB or spot colors. Our press comes close to those colors but CMYK is your best bet. If you have Pantone colors, send them to us when you place the order and we will try to match what comes off press.
Now, we even need you to check your blacks. Make sure they are all 100% black, not rich black, which is 100% of all 4 colors to make black. The two blacks look very different on the press. And 100% black tends to look better.
Lastly, we encourage you to do a press check or a live proof. Especially if this is your first go at designing. We want our customers to be happy, and if you see two different blacks on your file it looks like a printing mistake.
The Southeastern Young Alumni Charitable Foundation will host its 2013 The Affair to Care presented by First Tennessee Bank on Saturday, January 26 at aVenue in the heart of Downtown Nashville. Tickets are on sale now for $80 and will be available until they are sold out! Click here to purchase your tickets today!
All proceeds from ticket sales for The Affair to Care will benefit the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University. Event activities will include live entertainment from Burning Las Vegas and a live silent auction (approximately $20,000 worth of donated goods and services) with ALL proceeds going to MCJ at Vanderbilt University. Ticket price includes a full open bar and an array of hors d’oeuvres and samplings from Nashville’s finest restaurants. Black tie optional.
Check out their Facebook and Twitter (@SEYA_Nashville). Mark your calendars and spread the word! Look for printed materials by yours truly!
It's a common misconception that print and digital media are competing methods of communication. It's time to change your way of thinking and let them compliment one another.
There are many ways we communicate with each other, but print marketing is unlike any other form of communication. Print can easily engage a recipient. It's tangible and frankly, it's difficult to ignore when you go through your stack of bills. According to the DMA direct mail is at the very least skimmed over by 85 percent of it's recipients. Print is an extremely powerful tool and at AMP we can customize more than just the address - we can personalize the inside of the piece similar to the way you can personalize an electronic message.
Increase your reach by choosing a "Content Cocktail" like the infographic below from the CCC.
How many business cards come in a box?
Small box: 250
Large box: 500
What type of paper do I need?
First we need to know if you want a cardstock or text weight paper, then we need to know if you want gloss or matte. Of course, there are specialty options but we recommend coming by and seeing samples and consulting with us before placing a specialty paper order.
What are my pricing options?
We don’t put standard pricing on our website because we don’t produce "standard" products. Every job is custom, so every price is custom.
How quickly can I get my job?
Our turn around time is generally 48 hours. Here at amp we strive to give you your job when you need it, so please email us for more information about turn times.
Can you ship my job for me?
Absolutely. We ship everything from business cards to 20 boxes of freight, and from first overnight to standard ground. We do prefer using FedEx, and if you have an account, we don't charge anything extra to ship out.
Can you direct mail my job for me?
We sure can. Email email@example.com for more details!
What file type do you need?
Generally speaking we need press quality PDFs. There are some circumstances when we need native files. But 90% of the time PDFs are perfect.
Do you have a question? Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need more information.
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Believe it or not, it’s that time of year again. We can print your press-ready holiday cards, or we can personalize them for you! If you already have a holiday card designed, you're so ahead of the game! Click here to get them into production.
If it’s a customizable design you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place. We can start from scratch or we can use one of the predesigned templates shown below.
To personalize one of these cards send us the number of the card you like, information you'd like on the printed card, and the quantity. It's as easy as that! Click here to order your cards now.
To design a holiday card from scratch, the more details you give, the better! Here’s the rundown of what we really need: photos, logos, verbiage, company colors, specific fonts, and size (if you don’t know this, we’ll make it a standard 5x7 with A7 envelope).
Let's talk envelopes. No one wants to hand address envelopes, right? We can personalize your envelopes with your return address and the mailing addresses of all your contacts. All we need is an Excel file with the column headers "first," "last," "city," "state," and "zip." If you have questions about our data service click here to contact our Customer Service Department.
We know it all sounds too good to be true! We will email you final proofs of you cards and envelopes before they go to print. Rather than running around last minute, get a head start so you can sit back and relax this holiday season!
As you probably know, print production can be confusing. There are so many pieces of the puzzle that have to fit just right in order for your print piece to be perfect, the first time around. We offer a wide variety of services here at amp and since we just opened up at our new shop we wanted to reintroduce ourselves with this new site. This is just a little bit about us.
With our HP Indigo 5500 digital press, we can make your everyday materials look incredible. And you won’t need to print thousands that will end up going to waste with one simple change of a phone number or email address. The quality is better than an offset press, and the short runs can keep your print very personalized. OH, and if you’ve got a PMS color, we can match it. Our press is perfect for booklets, business cards, brochures, direct mail, one-sheets, flyers, manuals, collateral, newsletters, postcards, posters, presentations, rack cards, tabs and whatever else you've got!
The Indigo is our baby, but we also have many other special touches here at amp. We print envelopes, make black and white copies, and print oversized posters and banners. Our binding and finishing options are plentiful and we find unique new ways to bind papers daily! Or binding capabilities include: 3-ring custom binders, plastic coil binding, comb binding, saddle-stitching, stapling, wire-o binding, and perfect binding. Our finishing options are endless. We offer die-cutting, folding, gluing, UV coating, mounting, easel backing and other miscellaneous handwork.
We also offer custom design services in-house. We specialize in all of the things we print here as well as logos for your company. Our variable data services so your customer feels personally greeted. If you haven’t gotten the picture yet, personalization is key.
And with all that being said, we started this blog to help you. We promise we won’t promote ourselves the entire time. We want to help you understand print production, save time, save money, and make your life a little bit easier.
We LOVE what we do. We strive to keep up with the latest trends. And if we can’t get it done for you in house, we know someone who can. But, we want your feedback! We are doing this for you, after all. So comment, share, like, tag, follow, pin, post and do those other social media things we all love so much!
Stay tuned for the good stuff,
Here's the new shop at 110 George L. Davis Boulevard (before the remodel)
110 George L. Davis Boulevard (after the remodel)