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PHOTOPOLYMER PLATES


That Sky Blue offers platemaking services to artists, graphic designers, students and letterpress enthusiasts across the globe.

 

ABOUT THE PLATES:

We use KF95 plates (Regular Relief) – They last longer and are very versatile to use with any kind of press.
The maximum size plate we can process is 8.25×11

 

TURNAROUND:

All orders have to be prepaid. Once we receive your file and acknowledge that it is ready to process, you will receive an invoice. When we receive payment, your order will ship within 2 business days not including shipping time. Rush service is available (please inquire first).

 

UPLOAD YOUR FILE:

Please send in your order via email at plates@thatskyblue.com or you can upload your file using Dropbox, by clicking here.
All orders must be prepaid via credit card before shipping. We accept Visa and Mastercard.

 

SHIPPING FEES:

Canpar Ground Flat Rate to Eastern Canada $15.00 – add $2 for residential
Canpar Ground Flat Rate to Western Canada $20.00 – add $2 for residential
UPS Ground Flat rate for Eastern United States $25.00 – add $2 for residential*
UPS Ground Flat rate for Western United States $35.00 – add $2 for residential*
Contact us for overnight or expidited shipping fees
*Customs fees will apply for orders shipping to the United States

 

FILE PREP TIPS:

Vector Artwork using Illustrator:
Outline your fonts! By doing this you ensure that all fonts come out the way you want
Make sure all your images and fonts are 100% Black (for example: c=0, m=0, y=0, k=100)

Photoshop Files:
If your file contains an image, save it in bitmap mode using a resolution between 600 and 1200 and 50% threshold

Save all photoshop files as .tiff not .jpg
If you are using a file that contains halftones, we recommend a line screen between 80 and 100 lpi.

 

General Tips:

You don’t need to send your files as negatives. Send us your file as you want the final print to be. We’ll take care of making the proper negatives for plate processing.
Add about a 1/2″ of margin space around your artwork. This will ensure that your image is not too close the edge of the plate…which you don’t want.
Smallest Fonts size: Our plates can guarantee a non-serif typeface as low as 4pts
Thinnest Line weights: For best results we do not suggest a line weight less than 0.25pts
If you have many small files, you can gang them up on one or more sheets of 8.25×11. Plastic-backed plates can easily be cut with scissors.

For detailed prep tips, you can download our PDF file, here.
You can always call us if you need help preparing your file. 1.866.670.4927

 

PRICING:

SQUARE INCHES PRICE PER SQ IN
up to 200* $0.70
200-500 $0.68
500-800 $0.65
800-2000 $0.63
2000 + $0.60

* minimum order of $30.00
The pricing includes films, plate, plate exposure & adhesive backing.

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