Tips & FAQ

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WHOLESALE PRINTING SERVICES:

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Q:   Can you tell me more about your wholesale printing services?

A:   We are currently offering in-house Silkscreen, Letterpress, & Risograph printing services. Examples of each can be viewed on our portfolio page.  Below we’ve outlined some basic information which defines each printing type along with some of their most common uses & popular traits.  Feel free to contact us if you would like more detailed information on our printing capabilities.

  • Silkscreen/Serigraphy: Ink is passed onto paper (or other substrate) using a series of fine mesh stencils, and is printed one color at a time.  For instance an image with 3-colors would require 3 screens. Silkscreen is our most commonly used print method for creating art editions and collectible rock posters. The process can also be applied to a wide range of substrates such as wood, metal, plastics, foils & fabrics.  Most of our silkscreens are printed on uncoated matte papers with waterbased inks and have a matte to satin finish.  We can print with gloss inks upon request.  With silkscreen there are some specialty ink options available to help bring an image off the page.  Some of these include Metallic, Pearlescent, Fluorescent, & Glow in the Dark powder ink additives.  We are also able to print transparent & process color overlays to create extra depth and color in an image using a minimal number of additional screens.  Other available options include split fountain fades which blend 2 or more ink colors across the stencil.
  • Letterpress: Your image, art, or logo is pressed into paper via a series of inked photopolymer plates leaving an embossed or debossed effect.  Similar to silkscreen a letterpress print is created 1 plate or ink at a time.  A 3-color letterpress would require 3 plates.  Letterpress is very popular for high-end business card printing, stationary, invitations, and small format art editions.  We typically suggest a thick fluffy stock such as Cotton Holyoke or Cranes Lettra to enhance the impression left by the printing plate.  It is also possible to print a plate without ink, which is called a ‘blind emboss or deboss’.  This leaves a subtle impression or pattern in the paper and can be a very nice touch.
  • Risograph: A high speed, low cost, small format print option for zines, flyers, and art prints.  Risographs print from a master plate wrapped around an ink drum.  Each image is printed one color at a time.   
  • Miscellaneous: Every once in a while we find ourselves working on something a little out of the ordinary, be it mixed media, or an odd substrate. We welcome the challenge and look forward to helping you create something unique.  Feel free to get in touch if you have something in mind that you don’t see listed here.

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Q:    I would like to see some of your print work up close, do you offer any type of sample pack?

A:    We do.  Sample print packs can be ordered HERE.  Or stop into the studio, we’d be happy to show you some samples of our work.

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Q:   What is your standard turn around time for custom printing orders?

A:   Our standard turn around time varies throughout the year, we typically suggest getting in touch to schedule a print job 3-6 weeks prior to your ‘in-hand’ arrival date.  Most wholesale print orders ship within 8-12 business days following final confirmation of approved print ready artwork along with a paid invoice.   We welcome rush orders, but keep in mind rush printing & shipping fees may apply if an order is needed (in hand) in 10 or less business days, or if our presses are currently backed up with other orders.  We do our best to get you an estimated shipping date when an order is placed and artwork approved for print, as well as updates as we proceed through printing.  Some jobs do take longer than others or require extra care, so please understand a shipping estimate is an estimate, we cannot always guarantee a specific ship date on custom orders. Please contact us directly via phone to check schedule availability or if you need to place a rush printing order.

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Q:   How should I send my artwork?

A:   We can accept artwork files digitally through email:  orders@ladylazaruspress.com or via our file upload page.  Hard copies may be mailed or delivered to our studio address:  Lady Lazarus 1002 Taft Street Houston, TX 77019.  If you would like your hard copy or original returned please include instructions and a return address.

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Q:   How should my artwork be prepared?

A:    The preferred file types are: .PSD, .PDF, .AI, and .TIFF files created in Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, sized to scale at 300-600 dpi.  Please send, along with your working file, a .jpg file for color reference.  All artwork printed to bleed should include an additional 1/4″ of design around the entire print area.  And all working files should include separated colors each in their own layer or channel.  We suggest 3-12 pixels of trapping between colors to compensate for any shift between color registration, screen and/or paper elongation.

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Q:   Do you have a minimum print run?

A:   We do not have a minimum print run and are willing to print editions in any size.  But as with most printing methods, a good portion of total job cost is in the setup, screens, and plate costs.  The larger the edition size the lower the cost per unit will be.  We do enjoy special projects and odd jobs and understand some projects are not meant to be printed in high volume. Just get in touch if you would like to discuss the costs of a potential print job in further detail.  Or feel free to send us a project quote using our get a quote form.

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Q:  What type of substrate & paper options do you offer?

A:    Our ‘house’ stock for silkscreen printing is Cougar 100# smooth white & natural coverstock.  It has a smooth uncoated finish and holds fine details while remaining very dimensionally stable with light to heavy ink coverage.  Our ‘house’ letterpress stock is Holyoke 140lb. cotton, which has a nice heavy ‘pillowy’ feel that accepts the impression of the plate very well.  There are a wide variety of substrate options out there, especially with silkscreen, and we are always happy to source specialty papers and materials to help make a job unique.  Some of the more common special requests include:  French Paper Co. colored coverstocks, Decorated Paper and Novavision Holographic & Metallic foils, Cranes Lettra, Coventry, & Arches 88 Cotton rag, Neenah Eclipse Black, Astrobrights & Cream coverstocks, Cordenons Stardream Pearlescent/Metallic coverstocks, & Domestic Birch Plywood.  We do accept client provided stock, but please understand some loss of material will occur in job setup, color mixing, and the registration stages of printing.  We suggest providing an additional 5-20% of blank overage material beyond your final edition size to compensate for any prints lost in initial job setup.  If you are looking for additional options for your project just contact us for further details.

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WEBSTORE, RETAIL ORDERING, & PUBLISHING:

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Q:    I recently ordered from your webstore, when should I expect my order?

A:    We do our best to ship all orders in a timely manner but please allow 5-10 days for processing.  We ship most orders via Fedex Ground & USPS Priority mail insured and with tracking, they give an estimated delivery of 1-6 business days.  All prints are rolled safely in kraft paper and packaged in a thick walled oversize 4″ tube.  Smaller prints may be flat packed in a sturdy mailer between sheets of cardboard.    Please allow additional time in transit for international orders, which may sometimes take an additional 2+ weeks in transit to clear customs.  From time to time we will offer pre-order items, please note when ordering an item marked ‘pre-order’ your shipment may not ship within the standard 1-2 week processing period.  If you have any questions concerning your order please contact us at:  shipping@ladylazaruspress.com

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Q:    I’ve moved and need to update my shipping information, or I’d like to modify or cancel an order, can you help?

A:    Please contact us at:  shipping@ladylazaruspress.com with all webstore inquiries.  We’ll do our best to assist you in a timely manner.

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Q:    I am a retail store, gallery, vendor, or boutique shop.  Do you sell your prints & published work wholesale?

A:    We do sell our prints wholesale, you can contact us with any inquiries via email: orders@ladylazaruspress.com   But please keep in mind that the majority of our published releases are limited edition, once they are sold out they are gone.  Some things you see on our website may no longer be available for wholesale ordering.

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