Derby Printer has eggsellent month!

Posted on: March 29th, 2017 by admin No Comments

We’re having an eggsellent month

We have been very busy here at Essential Print Services HQ and so, we have lots of news to share with you…let’s get cracking!

We’ve had a special delivery of our very own Essential Easter eggs – they’re clucking great! They’ll be in delivery packs from April 1st but, there are only 100 available so, don’t be a fool –  hop to it and order your next print project with us today.

Brain feeling scrambled? Don’t worry. If you’re stuck for ideas, simply call us on 01332 418377 and we’ll do the thinking for you. How about your very own clutch of branded eggs?

March into April showers with branded brollies

Spring has sprung and with it, comes the unpredictability of our great British weather but there’s no need to fear because we’ve got you covered with our eggstravagent offer:

Start creating your own brollies – email the Print Angels today!

 Take Stock!

 I’m using my printer to put jokes on   the labels of Oxo cubes.

It’s become a laughing stock!

When was the last time you updated your business plan?
Business plans are not just to show the bank manager. They are an ever-changing document to help keep you motivated. Tip: Keep a copy on your desktop to help maintain focus & achieve your goals.

We had a flippin’ good February

In true Print Angel fashion, pancake day was celebrated in style with tasty takeaway pancakes from The Docks.

Here’s our very own Yvonne, with Hannah from The Docks, collecting a box load of treats for The Print Angels. We chose a variety of fillings – Katie had Bacon and Maple Syrup, Lee decided upon Banana and Nutella and Yvonne went with the classic lemon and sugar. Delicious!

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” Quote by Vivian Greene

And to dance in the rain, you’ll need a brolly – order your corporate rain covers today!
Click to start creating your own brollies

The beginners guide to brochures

Posted on: February 6th, 2014 by admin No Comments


At Essential Print Services we get a lot of requests for brochures. Personally, I love brochures – there are so many options. When designing a brochure, you first have to decide on a weight of paper – you don’t want the paper to be too flimsy as this give could a bad image of your company. When the paper is quite thin, the print can show through to other pages. Also, do you want the paper on the covers to be heavier than paper used on the inside pages?

Special finishes can make your brochures stand out from the crowd. Picking out a few graphical areas on the cover in a Spot UV varnish, can take a plain looking cover and turn it into something really special. Alternatively you can gloss laminate or matt laminate the outside pages for durability. Special finishes work best because they draw the customer in.

Another thing to consider when designing a brochure is what you want to achieve from creating it? And how will you measure the brochure’s success? Do you really want to spend money on marketing your company if you’re not going to measure how successful it is?

One-way to do this would be to see how much your enquiry level increases. Sending out a personalised letter with the brochure may increase the success rate too. Planning a follow up campaign will help convert prospects into customers – this can be done by a telephone campaign or e-shot, or both.


The size and weight of your brochures may determine what format to go for. Think about how much your brochures will cost to post out. If you want hundreds distributed at once, ask your print supplier for a quote to send them for you. They may have preferential postage rate (we certainly do).

If you’d like to print a brochure or sit down with a Print Angel to discuss your ideas further contact us on 01332 418 377.

How to approve a proof – Essential Print Tips

Posted on: October 16th, 2013 by admin No Comments

Proof reading – check it out.

Once you’ve agreed on the design of your poster, brochure, newsletter or other product you might heave a sigh of relief and think your work is done – but you’d be wrong.

Probably the most important stage of the print process is when you are sent a proof to check and sign off.

Here’s my top ten checklist of what to do next.

1. Check the spelling AGAIN.
Computerised spell checks can miss mistakes, so this is your final chance to make sure that all names, spelling and punctuation are correct. Check it yourself AND ask someone else to check it as well. Don’t give the other person your copy with your notes on it. Let them see the proof with fresh eyes.

2. Check the contact details.
Are all telephone numbers, emails and websites correct? You can sometimes see what you EXPECT it to say. Have you included all the ways people can connect with you – such as your Twitter handle (e.g. @essentialprint)? It’s always a good idea to check proofs at the start of the day, or whenever you’re not going to be distracted or interrupted so that you can really focus on the task.


3. Print the proof out – or ask the printer for a hard copy.
Sometimes you spot things in a hard copy that you miss on screen.  It also helps to see the work at its real size. If you’re printing from Adobe Acrobat Reader, ensure you’ve ticked ‘print to size’ not ‘print to fit’ because it’s only at the actual size that you will be able to see the true scale of the text and images.  At Essential Print Services we offer digitally printed proofs – just ask us for advice.

4. Is the text size appropriate?
Now that you can see the proof at actual size are you happy that all the text is easy to read? Make sure that people won’t have to strain their eyes to read it.

5. Ask about the colours.
Don’t assume that the colours you see on screen are 100% accurate because they won’t be. At Essential Print Services, we’ll give you as much help as possible to understand the real colours that will appear on your printed product. The material on which the item will be printed will affect the final version.


6. Do you know what material your job will be printed on?
If you haven’t seen and held a sample of the material, then now is the time to get your hands on it, before it’s too late. Ask for one of our free printed swatch packs to help you with your decision.

7. Check it with someone in your target market.
If, for example, your print is aimed at parents with young children, show it to friends with youngsters in the right age group.  Ideally, you should have done this at the design stage, but, if you didn’t, run it by them now. The cost of changes might still be better than sending out material that doesn’t hit the spot.


8. How to make changes.
Never say to a printer: “Can you just change that word and go straight to print?” You may trust your print company implicitly and that’s lovely, but don’t leave room for error. Has the final version signed off properly? At Essential Print Services, we always have any changes, however minor, re-proofed and approved.  Even if you’ve supplied a perfect PDF for us to print, we’ll always email you a proof for approval. Why? Because a client may have sent us an old version of a flyer or booklet and that last minute check will save them time and money.

9. What to do when things go wrong – and it’s not your fault.
So, you approved your proof and received your job but there’s an error. Check the file you approved. Check your email correspondence. If the file you approved doesn’t match the one you had printed then call the printer as soon as possible. Don’t email – emails can easily ‘go astray’ or be put off until later. Ask to speak to the person you’ve been dealing with throughout the process. After the conversation, ask them to send you an email confirming what they’ve agreed to do to put it right.

If the mistake has been made by a third party (e.g. a graphic designer sending the wrong file directly to your supplier) then ask that person to contribute towards the reprint. But bear in mind that they are not obliged to help – YOU as the client are responsible for having checked everything before printing.


10. What to do when things go wrong – and it is your fault.
If you realise you have made a mistake – take responsibility for it. If you need the correct version printing again, ask the printer if they’d give you a discount for a quick reorder. They may welcome another unexpected job and they may have some material left over from your first job that they can use up to save costs.

Errors will jump out at you

Finally, I’d say LOVE the experience of creating and approving your printed work. If you’re a small business you probably don’t have things printed all the time, so make proofing your work an enjoyable event. Make a cuppa, take a break and have a Kit Kat. When you’re in the right frame of mind, you can check things more easily. If you’re relaxed, errors will jump out at you and you’ll have peace of mind that the finished work is going to look great and your money has been well spent.

If you’re still unsure about something on your proof, pick up the phone and talk to your supplier.

If the proof is from us, call 01332 418377 and chat to us about any concerns. There is no such thing as a silly question.

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From business cards, brochures and leaflets, through to folders, flyers, banners and promotional items, we can handle anything from conventional full-colour print to some of the most bizarre print requests.

If you need a printer, who will look after you, every step of the way, call 01332 418377.

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