General Questions

What's the difference between screen printing and process color printing; and what does Monvera do?

Screen printing artwork requires 100% of the specified premixed color (also known as spot color printing) for each screen whereas a 4-color process typically refers to paper printing where the colors are cyan, magenta, yellow, and black (CMYK) to compose the images when viewed together. 4-color process printing can also be achieved through screen printing when the artwork dictates the need. 

For most of our clients, we print in spot colors but we can print 4 color process with UV.

What's the difference between Ceramic and UV ink?

The main differences between the two are durability, color availability, and curing process.

Ceramic, also known as ACL, is very durable will not come off your glass bottle. The color gamut that is available is limited in that it will not achieve bright colors. Lastly, they ink gets cured through our oven.

UV ink is a less durable ink. The color gamut can achieve brighter colors and, as the name implies, get cured by UV light.

Where is the printable area of my bottle/jar/container?

For the body of most wines bottles, the main printable area is the flat surface of the bottle. Artwork should start at least a minimum of 20mm from the bottom, all the way up to the shoulder. Artwork that is lower than 20mm or higher than the curve of the shoulder will require additional research on our part.

Shoulder printing limits vary and depend on the bottle, additional inquiry and research will be required for any designs in this area.

For the neck, it should be placed at a minimum of 15mm from shoulder and roughly 15mm from ring of the bottle.

Please consult with us for exact printable areas of your bottle.

Why do you need a bottle spec and a physical sample of it?

Specifications (aka, specs) show the bottle's shape, size, and dimensions of the bottle. This gives us a digital idea of how the bottle looks and the printable areas of the bottle. A physical sample tells us the actual weight, color, and material the bottle is made of. Also, we can run a series of tests to see if it is something we're physically capable of putting onto our machines.

About Project Lead Times and Pricing

What are the turnaround times for a project?

Turnaround times are 1-3 weeks depending on the size of the order and artwork.

What does it cost to screen print?

All pricing is custom quoted on receipt of artwork and production volumes.

About Artwork, Colors, and Formats

What format do you need the artwork files to be in?

Our in-house Art Department works with the most up to date version of Adobe’s Creative Cloud applications (artwork can be submitted in any earlier versions). Below are small descriptions of how we would like your art files prepared.

Preferred

  • Press-ready file in Adobe Illustrator (vector) format (.ai, .eps, or .pdf) in actual size.
  • Included placement information
  • Fonts outlined and/or supplied in a folder
  • Raster images embedded or included separately in a folder.

Possible

  • Adobe Photoshop with a native resolution of 300 dpi or higher (.psd or .tif). Usability will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Do not flatten/merge layers.

The following file formats are NOT acceptable:

  • Word Document (.doc, .docx),
  • Powerpoint document (.ppt, .pps),
  • Publisher (.pub),
  • Rich text format (.rtf),
  • Open Office documents (.odt),
  • GIF (.gif)

What is do you mean by "press-ready" artwork?

Artwork is considered “press-ready” when it can be used for printing without the need for adjustments to its content, sizing, or positioning. Whenever possible, please keep your files layered, labeled, organized, and as clean as possible. All color separations are done in-house.

What are vector and raster images; and how are they different?

Vector artwork is an image created of points and paths. This results in artwork that is editable, scalable, and able to be separated for spot color printing. Whereas raster artwork is an image created of many dots/pixels. This results in artwork that is not editable, scalable, nor able to be separated for spot color printing.

What are PMS colors and why do you need them?

Pantone Matching System, referred to as a PMS number for short. It is a well recognized color system of thousands of numbered swatches. These numbered swatches are used to convey colors from one person to the next using a Pantone book that both persons possess. Most colors in logos are identified with a number from this system.

We need these PMS color to properly understand what colors are desired. If you have specific Pantone colors (ie., PMS 187 C), please provide them with your artwork as a callout. We may already have the PMS color you want in our color library, so please ask your sales rep if we do and if you would like to receive a color sample. Otherwise, we’ll need to attempt to create the color to match the one in the book. We can also match a pre-existing color from a previously printed label/bottle or a physical sample (i.e., wax chips). Keep in mind that colors can change when printing on different color substrates (antique green glass vs. Flint glass)

What is color registration and how do I avoid it?

For screen-printing, registration is the alignment of one color of artwork with another. Multiple color artwork require the colors to line up correctly in relation to one another in order to be viewed a correctly printed.

When running, the machine’s operation can shift and cause slight variations in print position. Artwork should be designed account for this by not requiring precise printing of multiple colored artwork. Please consult with us if you would like to determine the registration difficulty.

What’s the difference between gradients and halftones?

Gradients are a computer render of a fade and can only be done digitally. A halftone is an array of dots that vary in size to an emulate a gradient or photorealistic look when printed.

What’s the thinnest line weight and stroke you can print?

Stroke and lines weights should be no thinner than .5 pt. This minimum is required in order for the image to be burned into our screens. If required we will adjust the knockouts and text/line-weight in order to facilitate printing.

What’s the smallest size font you can print?

Fonts vary in sizes from one to another so there is not definite answer. Most fonts are legible at 6 pt. but please refer to the above line weight when using a thin font. Also, we recommend you print your artwork/text at home at actual size to determine if it is legible.

What’s the best way to submit large files?

The best way to submit large files would be through our website: http://www.monvera.com/send-artwork/

If there is a question not answered above, please email us at art@monvera.com