Design

Envelope Construction

  • Why are some envelopes referred to as numbers, like a #10, or 6-3/4?

    Those are terms used within the envelope industry and are common sizes. Use our simple envelope chart to see the common industry sizes and what the dimensions are for each size.

  • Do you offer eco-friendly adhesives?

    Yes we offer several low VOC adhesives.

  • How do you measure an envelope?

    Envelopes are measured with the opening on the top. Measure the height and width. A number 10 envelope measures 4-1/8” X 9-1/2”. Envelope size is ALWAYS described as height X width with the opening at the top. All window measurements are made with the opening at top, pointing to 12’oclock position on a clock. Measure the height along the vertical dimension. Measure the width along the horizontal dimension or bottom fold of the envelope.

  • Size ranges for different types of envelopes?

    Colortree can make envelopes measuring 3-1/2 X 6 to 10 X 13 OSSS and 6 X 9 to 12 X 15-1/2 OECS.

  • Standard sizes versus custom sizes?

    Envelopes can be made in virtually any size. USPS rules on mail-ability and rates should be considered. Each style of envelope has specific standard sizes typically identified by numbers or names. For commercial styles: 6-3/4, 7-3/4, 9, 10 are common standard sizes. (Note- the numerical designation does not necessarily correspond to the actual size of the envelope, i.e. number 10 is not 10” long). Announcement style standard sizes include – A-2, A-4, A-6 and “Lee”.

  • Why are there different styles of envelopes and what are the reasons/applications for these styles?

    Envelope style is determined by the shape of the die-cut blank and the type of machine used to fold and print. The intended use of the envelope will often dictate which style to choose. Open Side envelopes with side or diagonal seams are frequently specified because they are machine insertable. Open End envelopes are used for inter-office and filing where contents are hand inserted. The center seam provides a secure anchor for clasp or button and string closures.

  • What are OECS, OSSS, OSDS?

    These acronyms stand for different types of envelopes, such as:

    OECS – Open End Center Seam

    OSSS – Open Side Side Seam

    OSDS – Open Side Diagonal Seam

  • What is the envelope side?

    The term “side” refers to the longest dimension of the envelope.

  • What is the envelope end?

    The term “end” refers to the shortest dimension of the envelope.

General

  • What are your hours?

    Our production facility is open 24/7. Office and administrative staff work standard business hours.

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Prepress

  • What is the difference between DPI and LPI?

    DPI or Dots Per Inch is a measure of the resolution of an image in a document as measured by however many pixels are contained within a 1 inch square of the image. Thus the more pixels per inch, the greater the resolution.

    LPI or Lines Per Inch is generally a measure of the output resolution of the output device printing the image or document. LPI can determine the what the relative DPI of an image being printed should be. For example our platesetter is capable of production resolutions of or greater than 150 lpi at 2400 dpi. For this resolution, an image must be at least 300 dpi, yet for an output resolution of 85 lpi at 1200 dpi, an image resolution of only 150 dpi would be required.

    If you have any more questions about DPI and LPI, please contact your account manager.

  • All About Fonts

    Ensuring that your document is printed exactly as you created is what we strive for on every job. However, the one thing that prevents this from happening most often is incompatible or missing fonts in a document. When you design your document at your office or home you expect your printer to be able to print exactly what you created. Ensuring that we have all the fonts needed to reproduce your document is critical to a correct final product. Please make sure you include all fonts used in your job with your document being sent to Colortree Group. Most people don’t realize that not all computers contain the same fonts on every system. You must make a copy of your fonts from your computer to be sent with your document to be loaded on our computers before we can correctly print your document.

  • FTP File Transfers

    Colortree Group’s prepress department maintains a fast, secure FTP site for your file uploads. Contact your account manager for information on how to set up an account.

  • What are acceptable file formats to send to you?

    We accept QuarkXPress and InDesign file formats, among others, in Mac or in Windows. Call or email us if you’re using a different application to confirm format support. You may also send the files to us on a CD, DVD or via FTP. If you have a Colortree Print Ready PDF feel free to email it to us.

  • What workflow system do you use?

    We are presently using the Kodak Prinergy Powerpack Workflow System. Prinergy enables us to deliver performance and reliability, along with best-in-class productivity and connectivity options by using the latest Adobe PDF Print Engine. We also use Kodak’s InSite Prepress Portal System for all our secure web access needs. Customers, prepress operators and account manager ca submit jobs, track progress, collaborate on changes, and proof and approve work – from anywhere at any time.

  • What platforms do you support?

    We support both Apple and PC platforms.

  • What types of native applications do you support?

    Currently we support all native files in the following formats: QuarkXPress versions 7.x – 9.x as well as Adobe Creative Suite 4 – 6

Products

  • What is a PMS color?

    A PMS color is known as a reference color on a color chart called Pantone matching system. The correct trade name is Pantone colors.

  • What is Jet Printing?

    Jet printing is a term used in the industry for printing on converted envelopes. The envelopes are stacked into a hopper and run through and printed at high speeds.

  • Do you offer eco-friendly inks?

    Yes, we offer EcoPride inks by Braden Sutphin which are low in VOC’S and manufactured with renewable resources such as soya linseed and tung oils.

  • What is your minimum order quantity?

    We don’t have minimum order quantities on our HD Envelopes.

  • Can you match PMS colors?

    Yes we can, please specify your color(s) when placing your order.

  • Can you print inside tints?

    Yes, we offer six standard tint patterns.

  • What is an HD Envelope?

    A sheet-fed offset printed four color process build envelope featuring brilliant colors and evocative images designed to stand out in the mail, get noticed and opened. HD Envelopes can be made from coated or uncoated papers. They can have decorative varnishes and scuff-proof coatings.

  • What are custom products?

    Non-standard size envelopes measuring 3-1/2 X 6 to 10 X13 Open Side style and 6X9 to 12 X 15-1/2 Open End style. Envelopes folded from any foldable writing, text or cover grade papers. Windows, one or more positioned on front and/or back within machine tolerance. Printed envelopes – sheet-fed offset, flexo and Jet imprinted.

Envelopes

  • Can you match PMS colors?

    Yes we can, please specify your color(s) when placing your order.

  • Can you print inside tints?

    Yes, we offer six standard tint patterns.

  • What is an HD Envelope?

    A sheet-fed offset printed four color process build envelope featuring brilliant colors and evocative images designed to stand out in the mail, get noticed and opened. HD Envelopes can be made from coated or uncoated papers. They can have decorative varnishes and scuff-proof coatings.

  • What are custom products?

    Non-standard size envelopes measuring 3-1/2 X 6 to 10 X13 Open Side style and 6X9 to 12 X 15-1/2 Open End style. Envelopes folded from any foldable writing, text or cover grade papers. Windows, one or more positioned on front and/or back within machine tolerance. Printed envelopes – sheet-fed offset, flexo and Jet imprinted.

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