What is the best way to do this on a 8x12 C&P. How big of a plate do you order for the most efficient printing and cutting? Just curious how everyone else does it.
Thanks for your help
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if its a small run i run them cut to size, as long as there is no bleeds, for runs over 1000 i usually run them in strips of 4.
Thanks for response, Strips of 4 on what size paper? Then you cut them down to size?
i buy 8-1/2 x 11 and cut the sheets to 8-1/2 x 3-1/2 you get 12 cards out of a sheet. that gives you a half inch to play with. if you are really cheap you can get the die one up and print the first card then turn the stock around and get the card on the bottom of the sheet, then move the form down 2” print and turn around.
How many cards and what kind of form? Since you are running with plates, you can run as many up as you want, but if you have just enough handtype to do one…
So far as paper size. A really handy size is 4 1/4 x 3 5/8, which allows printing two up and gives a little gripper margin if you are crowding the edge of the card (borders, bleeds, etc). This size is also handy for two sided cards, as they can be printed work and turn very easily (or work and tumble on a Windmill).
When press runs get really short, it can be a real challenge to get the ink balanced out—not so much a problem on a handfed C&P, but more problematic if running a fountain, or printing to a spec. color.