Flatstock
Textiles
Letterpress
  • Terms and Conditions

    Deposit and Payment
    To start a job we require a 50% deposit and the remaining 50% is due before shipping. Please note that payment delays will put your deadline in jeopardy and could possibly delay the shipping time. We are not responsible for delays in shipping due to non-payment. We can accept Paypal, check, or credit card.

    Turnaround Time
    Our turnaround time is usually 10-15 business days, but depends greatly on the volume of work we have going on at the time. When sending out estimates we will let you know what our current turnaround time is. Turnaround time does not include any shipping time; we need 10-15 business days of production before shipping. If you need a job faster, please get in touch with us to discuss options and availability first. Generally, we can accommodate your rush job and it will be subjected to a rush fee. The clock for production time begins after we have print-ready files and the 50% deposit. For any jobs that require less than a 48-hour turnaround, all payment is due up-front. There will be no refunds for rush jobs. If a reprint is desired, it will take place at the cost of the client. Although we try our best to get each job done to allow for ground shipment, we are unable to guarantee that every package will make ground shipment. This is especially true of rush jobs. Please be aware that in order for a job to get to you in time it is possible that you will be responsible for overnight or expedited shipping. All shipping charges are the responsibility of the client.

    Shipping
    We ship our packages with FedEx/UPS and pack them with great care to prevent any damage during shipment. We insure all of our packages for the total invoice amount. If you do get a package that is damaged, it will be your responsibility to file a claim with FedEx/UPS. We cannot be held responsible for the cost of replacing the damaged prints. All packages we send require a direct signature. If you would like this waived, let us know in advance. We cannot remove this on express packages after they have shipped! Without a direct signature, the maximum amount we can insure it for is $500. We are not responsible for any delays (due to things such as weather, etc) that can prevent packages from arriving on time. We cannot refund any printing costs on jobs that are delayed by FedEx/UPS. We will not ship any packages until the remaining balance on the job is paid even if it affects your deadline.

    Color Matching
    We match all of our colors to the Pantone Uncoated book. If requested, we can match to a digital comp, but please note that monitors display differently and we cannot be held accountable for a color being considered “off.” We would recommend picking the pantone from a physical book as opposed to just pulling numbers directly out of Photoshop/Illustrator. We can match to a physical copy of the print if provided by the client. If you do not feel comfortable with us mixing ink by hand, ordering Pantone matched ink is a possibility but will come at an added cost and will add an extra 5-10 days onto production time. Please get in touch with us beforehand if you are interested in this. That being said, if something looks completely off, we are not going to run it without confirming with you first! In some cases this can also delay shipment date.

    Job Jacket
    Before we go to print, we will send you a job jacket for final approval. This will contain your final separated files and a recap of all the details of your job. Take a look at this carefully! This is the final approval of the job and once signed off on, the client holds all responsibility for any mistakes included within the job jacket. Design changes often occur in the final stages before printing, so we will consider the information on the job jacket to be final, even if it is not the same information initially submitted via email or form. Once this is approved, any changes thereafter will be charged accordingly.

    Estimates
    Estimates are only good for 30 days and can change depending on final artwork or scope of project.

    Registration
    To avoid registration issues, make sure everything is trapped properly. Trapping is underprinting initial colors to provide some room for minor misregistration. Since we are using water-based ink, it causes the paper to warp and expand. By the time we get to the second color we have seen sheets expand as much as a 1/4” on some sides. This is just part of the process and something to consider in advance. If you are setting up your file with butt registration, you can guarantee it will never line up 100%. A lot of these issues only become intensified if we are printing a larger print, up to 24”x 36”. For this reason we recommend adjusting your trap and giving us some extra wiggle room. While we take the utmost care and pride in what we are doing, this is an imperfect process and print variations will occur naturally. We cannot be held accountable for this as it is inherent to the process.

    Schedule
    Due to the volume of the work that comes through, we are sometimes unable to accept jobs. We will not schedule your job on our calendar until it is uploaded and we have received a 50% deposit. We are not able to put you on our calendar without files. If you want to email us in advance we can let you know what our schedule looks like, but it is constantly changing to best serve our clients.We book according to our availability. Jobs are booked once we have a file and a 50% deposit. Please try and have all details (quantity, amount of colors, paper, etc.) confirmed at the beginning of the process so we can schedule the appropriate amount of time for your job. If the scope of your job changes, it can possibly effect your delivery time. Depending on the amount of business days we have for production, your job could be subjected to a rush fee.

    FAQ

    Can you print on provided paper/materials?
    This is not a problem! We request a sample to test on before taking on the job just to make sure everyone is happy with the results. If we determine we can print on it no problem, we’ll just have you ship us the product. We do request that there are at least 10%-15% extra so that we can have some for setup and color testing.

    Can you throw in some extra copies for me?
    We recommend ordering the exact number of prints you need to receive. While we almost always throw in extras, they are not guaranteed. Sometimes it takes us more sheets to register, test color, etc. and we cannot be held accountable for not fulfilling extras.

    Can you ship my package UPS?
    Yes, we ship with both UPS and Fedex.

    Can you make any color metallic?
    We make the majority of our metallics in-house so mixing a color outside of gold or silver is not a problem. This is an added cost per job. If you are uploading your job please note in your file or special instruction that the color is to be metallic.

    Could you guys send me the separations you made for my job? I have someone else re-printing these and they can’t figure out how you did it.
    No, but we would be glad for you to hire us to reprint them. Separations are done in-house and are not distributed.

    My pantone’s are from the Coated book, does this work?
    We have found that the Pantone Uncoated book is going to reflect what results are most achievable with the ink we use which is why we request them to be pulled from there. If you have concerns about this, get in touch with us beforehand and we’ll be glad to walk you through it.

    Can you print glow in the dark?
    Yes! Please note this in your file and on the job form when you upload it. If you have any questions about how this works, just email us.

    I really only need 5, 18” x 24” prints is this possible?
    We can print the 5, but you will be charged the same as you would for our minimum of 50 prints.

    Can I come proof my job in person?
    If you can work around our schedule that is no problem. Email us for availability!

    I have called you guys but don’t get an answer! I need a quote for a job ASAP!
    We try our best to answer the phones, but are sometimes unavailable. If you leave us a message we will definitely call you back! We do all estimates over email and will not address that over the phone, so if you need some numbers run: info@thehalfandhalf.com

    What services do you guys provide?
    Design, letterpress, and screenprinting (textile and paper).

    Can I stop by to see your studio and talk about a project?
    Sure! Send us an email and we can setup an appointment. We do not accept walk-ins.

    What type of paper do you print on?
    We can print on pretty much any piece of paper you can think of and we can also work with our paper distributor to help you find something specific. Specialty paper can add production time to the process if we are waiting on paper to ship. Get in touch with us early on in the process and we can make sure that paper shipments are not delaying your job. Our house stock is Cougar 100# Natural / White, and SpringHill Manilla Tag 150#. We also print on French paper quite often. We recommend printing on at LEAST 100#C paper for most jobs. We can print on lighter weights, but this can often times cause registration issues. We’ve worked on holographic, metallic, cotton, wood and fabric. Granted, not everything is made for screenprinting, so some things get a little tricky. If you’re interested in what we’re capable of or willing to print on, just get in touch.

    Do you have any advice on overlays?
    Using overlays is an awesome way to get more colors out of your print without being charged for an extra screen. The idea is that if you use yellow to overlay blue, where they touch you will get green. A third color for the price of two! If you are trying to achieve an overlay PLEASE note this in your file and when you upload the job! We will let you know if the colors you have picked will work with the overlay in advance. We are unable to match an overlay to a specific pantone. If you’d like to see some great examples of how to use overlays, check out Matt Leunig and Rich Kelly.

    Can you guys print something smaller or larger than 18″ x 24″?
    Yes! Our standard master sheet size is 20” x 26” which can be broken down however you would like. Our largest sheet size is 26” x 40”. If you are printing a job that is only slightly larger than 20” x 26”, say 24” x 30”, this will still have to be charged out as a 26” x 40” job. If you have any questions about this before uploading a job, please get in touch and request an estimate. We can also print business cards, postcards, and pretty much any small format projects you have in mind. Please note if you are printing small format items, the cutting cost will increase and we recommend getting in touch with us beforehand for an accurate estimate.

    What are your minimums?
    18”x24” is 50 prints
    12”x18” is 100 prints
    24”x36” is 50 prints

    Can you run a fountain fade?
    We can run fountain fades at an extra cost per job. We can use a digital comp as a reference here, but we are unable to guarantee the blend matching. What is displayed on your monitor is not necessarily what is achievable on press. There will be inconsistencies between the prints and not all of them will look identical. The blend will not look as smooth as it does on your monitor. If you are requesting a fountain fade, note this in the form when you upload the job.

    Can you provide me with a proof of my job before printing the whole thing?
    It is incredibly labor intensive to provide proofing for jobs, as we have to do the same amount of setup for 1 print as we would 1,000. If you absolutely must have a proof of the final print before we print the entire run, it is charged as $100/color plus the shipping of the sample. If this is necessary please add 8-10 days of production time to your schedule, depending on the number of colors. If you would like square color swatches of your Pantone before we run the job, that is charged as $50/color plus the shipping of the sample. If this is necessary please add 8-10 days of production time to your schedule, depending on the number of colors. Please get in touch in advance if you are looking to have these done. Unfortunately, there is no good way to provide digital picture proofs for color but we are happy to send process photos to keep you updated if requested. These pictures are not for approval, and we will not hold the presses waiting to hear back from you.

    Will you save the screens from my job?
    We do not save screens for any job. If you know you might want a reprint in the future, make a note in your job submission.

    Can you print onto colored paper?
    Several mills offer colored paper to print on. Note that the inks we are printing with are inherently a bit transparent so the color of the paper will effect the color of the ink we are putting down. There are ways to adjust for this, such as underbasing a print. We can suggest some options for the best way to prepare for this if you send us an email!

    File Prep Tips

    File Separations / Artwork
    If you would feel more comfortable with us separating your files, that is no problem! We are pretty good at it. Separations are billed out at $55/hr and an estimated time for completion will be added on the estimate. If you feel confident setting up your own files, take a look at this PDF for artwork requirements first: www.thehalfandhalf.com/setup. Be sure to include trim marks in your file! Please note that if we are running your job and notice an error, we will absolutely stop and get in touch to correct the issue. In some cases this can also delay shipment date.

    File Upload
    We prefer a 300-600DPI layered Photoshop or vector Illustrator file with corresponding Pantones (Solid Uncoated book) labeled . For a 300 DPI file we request a 5px trap and a 600DPI file a 10px trap. If you feel uncomfortable setting up your files that is no problem; we can do this for a fee of $55/hr. Anything we can directly output as a vector will inherently look cleaner and sharper than anything from Photoshop. Please outline all of your type! If your artwork requires bleed, please add 1/4” on each side. If you don’t do this we will have to bring the cut in to give the appearance of the image going to the edge. If you have type that is near the cut lines, it can be incredibly dangerous. If the paper shifts at all during the cutting, you can lose your type. We will not be responsible for this happening if your type is not within the safety margin. For uploading your file, Dropbox is preferred but not required. If using Dropbox or any other service, please leave your file accessible until the job is finished. If we need access to your file it will only delay the process if we have to get in touch and request the file again.

    Registration
    To avoid registration issues, make sure everything is trapped properly. Trapping is underprinting initial colors to provide some room for minor misregistration. Since we are using water-based ink, it causes the paper to warp and expand. By the time we get to the second color we have seen sheets expand as much as a 1/4” on some sides. This is just part of the process and something to consider in advance. If you are setting up your file with butt registration, you can guarantee it will never line up 100%. A lot of these issues only become intensified if we are printing a larger print, up to 24”x 36”. For this reason we recommend adjusting your trap and giving us some extra wiggle room. While we take the utmost care and pride in what we are doing, this is an imperfect process and print variations will occur naturally. We cannot be held accountable for this as it is inherent to the process.

    Sheets of Ink
    Printing huge sheets of ink can prove to be a quite a nuisance for registration. Instead, possibly look for a colored paper to print on. While printing huge sheets of ink you also leave yourself susceptible to pinholes and debris. We hold ourselves to the highest standard for each printed layer, but cannot be held accountable for slight variation in ink coverage for such large sheets.

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  • Terms and Conditions

    Turn Around Time
    Our typical turn­around time is 10-15 business days once print­ ready artwork is provided, and an estimate has been accepted, and a deposit is paid. Shipping time to your destination is not included in the 10-15 business day turn­around. If you need your shirts in less than 10 business days, rush fees may be applied.

    Payment Schedule
    A 50% deposit of the estimated price may be required before work can begin on a project. If your job requires a deposit, we will let you know when sending out the estimate. Please be aware that production WILL NOT begin until the deposit is paid. All invoices are to be paid in full before we will ship to the client. The client shall assume responsibility for all collection of legal fees necessitated by default in payment.

    Estimates & Pricing
    Estimating is done on a job by job basis. We do not share our in­-house price list until we have established a good working relationship with a client. To get the most accurate pricing possible, please provide finalized artwork when requesting an estimate. Estimates are valid for 30 days.

    Color Matching
    All artwork colors should be checked against a physical copy of the Pantone Plus Solid Uncoated chip book, which is what we use on press. We can not be held responsible for discrepancies with color matching if we are not provided pantone numbers. Please be aware that due to the nature of water­based and discharge printing, we can not guarantee an exact pantone match on all colors, but we will get it as close as the process allows us to.

    FAQ

    How much does it cost to print X shirts?
    There are a number of factors that go in to pricing for textile printing: How many shirts are you getting printed? What brand/style/color shirt did you want to use? How many colors are in your artwork? How soon do you need the shirts? Where are the shirts being shipped? Because of these variables, all estimates are done on a job by job basis. If you need help answering any of the above questions, shoot us an email and we’ll help you through it step by step.

    What shirt brands can you print on?
    We have wholesale accounts with all major t-shirt manufactures and providers. We can order and print on pretty much any brand that is available. The only brand we have found so far that we DO NOT print on is Comfort Colors. The way their shirts are dyed/manufactured does not work well with our inks and printing process.

    What is your minimum number of shirts I can have printed?
    Our minimum on most orders will be 12 shirts in any combination of sizes the customer prefers. Pricing and estimates are done on a job by job basis, so the minimum may be higher depending on the customer’s artwork.

    Can you print a single sample so I can see what kind of quality you guys are capable of?
    We have a very large collection of previously printed shirts and textiles that we keep on hand to show potential clients what we are capable of. These samples can be seen in person at our studio or shipped out at the clients cost. If you would like a custom sample printed with your provided artwork, we charge $50 per color plus the cost of the shirt and any shipping charges. Rush printing and shipping options are not available with samples.

    I have an event in 2 days and I need 100 shirts printed can you help me?
    We would if we could! Unfortunately rush jobs like this are near impossible when you factor in shipping and printing times. We keep a very small number of blank shirts in-house as we only order what we need on a job by job basis. That said, we will do what we can to help you out so email us ASAP if you have a rush job that you’re trying to get done.

    What is the best way to get in touch with you?
    The best way to contact us about a previous, current, or future job is by sending an email to info@thehalfandhalf.com. Because of the volume of orders we receive and the number of different clients and jobs we’re dealing with on a daily basis, the best way to keep track all of this is by email, not by phone.

    I’m local and I’d like to come and talk to you guys about shirts when can I stop by?
    We’d love to meet you guys! Shoot us an email and we will set up an appointment to sit down and talk. We do not accept walk-ins.

    File Prep Tips

    Artwork
    All artwork provided needs to be high­ resolution and print ready. Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, PDF, .EPS, and .TIF files are all acceptable. 300 DPI is the minimum resolution required to produce good prints. All text should be outlined, and any linework should have a weight of at least 3 pts to prevent detail loss. Any artwork provided that is not already separated by spot color may be subject to an art­ fee, which is billed at $55/hour. PLEASE DO NOT add trapping to your art files before sending ­ as we do all trapping and pre-­press work in-­house. All artwork colors should be checked against a physical copy of the Pantone Plus Solid Uncoated chip book, which is what we use on press. We can not be held responsible for discrepancies with color matching if we are not provided pantone numbers. Please be aware that due to the nature of water­based and discharge printing, we can not guarantee an exact pantone match on all colors, but we will get it as close as the process allows us to.

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  • Terms and Conditions

    Deposit and Payment
    To start a job we require a 50% deposit and the remaining 50% is due before shipping. Please note that payment delays will put your deadline in jeopardy and could possibly delay the shipping time. We are not responsible for delays in shipping due to non- payment. We can accept Paypal, check, or credit card.

    Turn Around Time
    Our turnaround time is generally 15 business days for letterpress projects but can vary greatly depending on the scope of the project. Turnaround time does not include any shipping time; we need 15 business days of production before shipping. If you need a job faster, please get in touch with us to discuss options and availability first. Generally, we can accommodate your rush job and it will be subjected to a 10% – 30% rush fee. The clock for production time begins after we have print-ready files and the 50% deposit. For any jobs that require less than a 48-hour turnaround, all payment is due up-front. There will be no refunds for rush jobs. If a reprint is desired, it will take place at the cost of the client. If you need us to create print-ready files for you, it is best to give us an extra 2-3 days to work on your files to avoid any rush fees. Although we try our best to get each job done to allow for ground shipment, we are unable to guarantee that every package will make ground shipment. This is especially true of rush jobs. Please be aware that in order for a job to get to you in time it is possible that you will be responsible for overnight or expedited shipping. All shipping charges are the responsibility of the client.

    Shipping
    We ship our packages with FedEx or UPS and pack them with great care to prevent any damage during shipment. We insure all of our packages for the total invoice amount. If you do get a package that is damaged, it will be your responsibility to file a claim with FedEx/UPS. We cannot be held responsible for the cost of replacing the damaged prints. All packages we send require a direct signature. If you would like this waived, let us know in advance. We cannot remove this on express packages after they have shipped! Without a direct signature, the maximum amount we can insure it for is $500. We are not responsible for any delays (due to things such as weather, etc) that can prevent packages from arriving on time. We cannot refund any printing costs on jobs that are delayed by FedEx or UPS. We will not ship any packages until the remaining balance on the job is paid even if it affects your deadline.

    Color Matching
    We match all of our colors to the Pantone Uncoated book. If requested, we can match to a digital comp, but please note that monitors display differently and we cannot be held accountable for a color being considered “off.” We would recommend picking the pantone from a physical book as opposed to just pulling numbers directly out of Photoshop/Illustrator. We can match to a physical copy of the print if provided by the client.

    Proof
    If you need a final physical proof before we run the entire run it is billed out as $100/color plus the shipping of the sample. If this is necessary please add 8-10 days of production time to your schedule, depending on the number of colors. Unfortunately, there is no good way to provide digital picture proofs for color but we are happy to send process photos to keep you updated if requested. These pictures are not for approval, and we will not hold the press waiting to hear back from you.

    Job Jacket
    Before we go to print and get your plates made, we will send you a job jacket for final approval. This will contain your final separated files and a recap of all the details of your job. Take a look at this carefully! This is the final approval of the job and once signed off on, the client holds all responsibility for any mistakes included within the job jacket. Design changes often occur in the final stages before printing, so we will consider the information on the job jacket to be final, even if it is not the same information initially submitted via email or form. Once this is approved, any changes thereafter will be charged accordingly including, if necessary, new plate charges.

    Estimates
    Estimates are only good for 30 days. Any changes or modifications can effect the estimate.

    Schedule
    Due to the volume of the work that comes through, we are sometimes unable to accept jobs. We will not schedule your job on our calendar until it is uploaded and we have received a 50% deposit. We are not able to put you on our calendar without files. If you want to email us in advance we can let you know what our schedule looks like, but it is constantly changing to serve our clients.

    FAQ

    Can I have a proof of my job before you run the whole thing?
    If you need a final physical proof before we run the entire run it is billed out as $100/color plus the shipping of the sample. If this is necessary please add 8-10 days of production time to your schedule, depending on the number of colors. Unfortunately, there is no good way to provide digital picture proofs for color but we are happy to send process photos to keep you updated if requested. These pictures are not for approval, and we will not hold the press waiting to hear back from you.

    What type of paper do you recommend?
    We have printed on many different types of paper, and generally for letterpress people prefer a cotton stock to give a nice impression. That being said, we have also printed many pieces on non cotton paper and had great results as well. Our own business cards are letterpress printed onto 140# French Paper! Some standard stocks we use: Crane Lettra, French, and Mohawk. Your file can also dictate what sort of paper would be best for the project so send us an email and we can walk you through it. We are also glad to print on provided material but would require a sample to test first.

    Can you print metallic inks?
    We can print metallic colors with letterpress, but just note they are quite different compared to screen-printing inks. If you’d like to see some samples, get in touch and we’d be glad to show you some examples. Metallics are great to use in letterpress for printing light inks on darker stocks as they are more dense/opaque than traditional inks.

    What size can you print?
    We can run up to a max image size of approximately 16″ x 20″. We often tile small pieces up on a sheet, but that depends greatly on the artwork as to how we approach that. Please get in touch for a custom estimate involving small format pieces!

    What is your minimum?
    The minimum we will run is 50 sheets of 8.5” x 11”.

    What about large ink fills?
    You can print large ink fills with letterpress, but the coverage often times ends up a bit splotchy. This can actually be an interesting result if you are open to the process. If you are looking for a dense coverage, screenprinting might be better suited.

    Will you hold onto my plate after my job is done?
    We generally print with photopolymer plates and hold onto them for 30 days after a job is done. Please let us know if you are wanting to reprint something in the future so we can hold onto them for you. If we are not made aware of this, when getting the job reprinted you will be charged for plates again.

    Can I print on different colored paper?
    Letterpress inks tend to be way more transparent than screenprinting inks so printing light ink on dark paper is more than likely not going to come out like you are expecting. We can print metallic inks which are much more dense and provide better coverage onto darker paper. If you have any questions about this, get in touch and we can walk you through some options!

    File Prep Tips

    File Separations / Artwork
    If you would feel more comfortable with us separating your files, that is no problem! We are pretty good at it. Separations are billed out at $55/hr and an estimated time for completion will be added on the estimate. If you feel confident setting up your own files, take a look at this PDF for artwork requirements first: www.thehalfandhalf.com/setup/letterpress. Be sure to include trim marks in your file! Please note that if we are running your job and notice an error, we will absolutely stop and get in touch to correct the issue. In some cases this can also delay shipment date.

    File Upload
    We prefer a 300-600DPI layered Photoshop or vector Illustrator file with corresponding Pantones (Solid Uncoated book) labeled . If you feel uncomfortable setting up your files that is no problem; we can do this for a fee of $50/hr. Please outline all of your type! If your artwork requires bleed, please add 1/4” on each side. If you don’t do this we will have to bring the cut in to give the appearance of the image going to the edge. If you have type that is near the cut lines, please reference this template to see if it is too close! Type too close to the cut line can be incredibly dangerous. If the paper shifts at all during the cutting, you can lose your type. We will not be responsible for this happening if your type is not within the safety margin. Please double check against the template. For uploading your file, Dropbox is preferred but not required. If using Dropbox or any other service, please leave your file accessible until the job is finished. If we need access to your file it will only delay the process if we have to get in touch and request the file again.

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