Spot or Pantone® Colors were invented for the world of lithographic printing, where ink was specially mixed to create specific colors. If you print with a spot color you are actually putting a special color of ink on the printing press to produce that very precise color. However, spot colors could be expensive. For that reason, some printing is done using a combination of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black ink on a four color press to try to replicate your Spot or special colors. And while 4 color process printing is an accepted practice the best way to assure consistently vivid reproduction of your brand colors is to utilize spot colors. This is especially important for your brand identity pieces such as your business cards and stationery.
By utilizing the online solution you are using a powerful tool that can organize all of your print and back office ordering needs. Keep all of your order history in one place and place re-orders with a simple click of the mouse. All current designs will be centralized allowing for consistent branding for all of your printed pieces. Obtain quotes and pricing easily and track past quotes and changes. Store frequently used images for easy access. Manage all your shipping addresses to assure your orders are going where they need to. In short, this Tuttle Online Print Shop is like having a virtual print buyer at your fingertips making the print ordering process easy and accurate and simplifying your day.
Whether you upload press-ready artwork or utilize our pre-designed templates to create a design, our Online Printing System is a prepress process that bridges the gap between online digital content and commercial print production. The process allows anyone to create, edit, and approve computer-based online templates during the prepress phase. This process calls for a Portable Document Format (PDF) workflow environment with output provided by digital printing.
The print ordering process is easy. Read the information below to make the ordering process as smooth and easy as possible.
Select and Price Your Print Job Instantly
- Find the product desired and enter the specifications for your job, e.g. paper stock, size, quantity, etc.
- The Price Calculator will display the price of that based on options selected
- Type in the delivery zip code to get a shipping quote, too
Create Your Design File
If you're not a designer, enlist our Graphic Design Services to create your print file or choose on of these three options
- Custom Design: lets you customize the products. Click it to open the design studio and use multiple tools to create your own design.
- Upload Design: using this option, you can upload your own JPG, JPEG, GIF, PNG, EPS, AI, PDF and PSD images.
- Browse Design: use this to select hundreds of pre-loaded templates. Work on them or customize them through our design studio.
Submit Your Order
- Indicate where you want the order delivered
- Provide your billing information
- Use your Visa, Mastercard or American Express or set up an account with Tuttle
- Submit your order with confidence on our secure site
The site currently supports most popular print products as listed. From marketing materials to stationery products to promotional items we can provide you with most anything you need.
If you're not a designer, enlist our Graphic Design Services to create your print file. If you do have design skills, you can use our online design tool. There are three options for designing and customizing a product. Click a product on the left-hand panel and choose one of the options.
1. Custom Design: lets you customize products. Click to open the design studio and use multiple tools to create your own design.
2. Upload Design: using this option, you can upload your own JPG, JPEG, GIF, PNG, EPS, AI, PDF and PSD images.
3. Browse Design: use this to select hundreds of pre-loaded templates. Work on them or customize them through our design studio.
The type of paper used for different purposes is expressed in weight. The paper we specify for writing (letterhead, letterhead envelopes and similar stationery) is a higher end writing paper that you can choose between cotton content and recycled content. Other text weight papers can range between 20# to 100#. We recommend the heavier stock as they print better and make a stronger impression to the recipient. Lighter text weight would be used for books and other multi-paged products where heavier weight could be problematic. Paper used for business cards, postcards, greeting cards, etc. is printed on a heavier stock called cover or card stock.
Coated papers are available in two finishes – glossy (shiny and smooth) and matte (flat and lusterless). Both of these papers print well and allow the color to have good ink hold out. It is personal preference as to which one should be used. Uncoated papers are used for stationery printing as well as other products and provide a softer and more tactile feel. We have specified the most popular papers on the website but Tuttle is able to procure and print on almost any paper you specify although some special request papers may require higher minimums and longer lead times.
Our system supports RGB (red, green, blue) for producing digital prints. We have an accurately mapped color pallet to match RGB to CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, key) to ensure proper 4-color printing.
The most important element to consider when printing your image or images, is how large you can print an image while still maintaining quality and detail. DPI, or dots per inch, refers to the pixels found in a printed image.
For small format jobs like brochures or booklets, it is recommend that images for print to be saved at 300dpi, as this will help to achieve a high quality print. To calculate the desired file size, just multiply the final printed size of the image in inches x 300. For instance, if an image is to be 4 x 6" on the printed page, 4x300 by 6x300 = 1200 x 1800 resolution.
Large format jobs, such as banners and signs, have a little more flexibility when it comes to resolution. Line images that are 200dpi will work for large format. For photographic images on canvas, 100dpi is considered plenty.
In general, when in doubt, the higher the resolution, the better.
We use both offset and digital printing. We also offer engraved printing for those special projects. Offset provides high quality reproduction of print material for both text and images and is necessary for any spot color printing. Digital printing is used for full color, short run projects. Advantages to digital printing is the ability to run smaller quantities very fast and very affordably. Engraved printing is used for cards or stationery and is the highest quality of printing. Engraving is a slower print process and therefore costs a bit more than offset.
We strive to make sure the prices you see on the website are accurate to what you could expect to pay. However printing is the process of creating custom jobs so occasionally artwork provided does not match the specs input. We will work directly with you to assure that there are no surprises with costs of a job.
Helpful Info to Reduce Toner Smudging
Laser Printer speed
The faster (more sheets per minute) your printer runs and the more coverage on the page can impact how the toner adheres to your paper. Toner may not set up as well if sheets are running too fast.
Printers/copiers have 2 rollers – the paper travels between the rollers. The bottom roller heats the paper from the bottom up as the paper travels over it. The top roller applies the toner. The thicker and more textured the paper is, the longer it needs in the rollers so the toner can fuse and dry onto the paper. Slowing down the printer speed may help.
Laser Printer/Copier Settings/Speed control
Try printing with a rough or cover stock setting – this should slow your printer down.
Using printer brand toner, not toner marked ‘made for use in’ (Xerox/Canon, etc.) printers may alleviate problems. We had a bad experience ourselves when we tried a generic, ‘made for use in’ toner.
Suggested storage for paper is off the floor (cement floors in particular), away from outside walls, not in a basement or damp area.
Keeping up with preventative maintenance on your pr inter is suggested – fuser assemblies do wear out.