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Quick Guide to Our Locations, Project Highlight & More

  June 2012

CONTENTS

Project Highlight:
V’s Grinders

PrePress Tip: To Impose or Not to Impose

Media Services Buzz:
Headed to Spain

Quick Guide

Services at Our
2 Locations

All of our services are now based in 2 valley locations. To make sure your job is processed as quickly as possible, here’s a quick guide to which services are done at each location.

Alaska Litho

Airport Blvd

  • High-Volume Printing
  • Posters & Other Large Prints
  • Decals & Vinyl
  • Signs & Banners
  • Trade Show Displays
  • High-end Digital Printing
  • Business Cards & Letterhead
  • Calendars
  • Custom Design
  • Media Services
  • Finishing & Mailing

Copy Works &
Copy Express

Jordan Creek Mall

  • Copies
  • Blueprints
  • Small-Volume Printing
  • Quick Turnaround

We also offer free pickup & delivery for
all jobs.

When you enter our main shop on Airport Boulevard don’t forget, we’re the door on the right now. If you turn left, you’ll enter the office of our neighbors at Faulkner Banfield.

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Project Highlight:
V’s Grinders

On June 1, Venietia Santana turned her dreams into reality when she opened her very own food truck in Juneau.

V's Grinders Food Truck with vinyl printed at Alaska Litho

Parked in the Job Center parking lot at the end of a winding path through the grass, V’s Grinders serves up east-coast style subs and offers specialty tacos. But to get to this point, Venietia had a lot of planning and development to get through.

She came to Alaska Litho for help putting together some of the pieces. We worked with her to transform an initial logo sketch into a full-color, custom vector image that could be printed large enough for the side of a food truck. Our prepress team worked with her to finalize the logo and create a range of vinyl pieces to decorate the truck, printed at up to 8-feet wide!

Another important element to have in place for opening day was a website that included an online ordering system. Through personalized, hands-on training with Media Services we developed VsGrinders.com together with Venietia. She learned how to maintain it, integrate social media, and publish her own email newsletter with weekly specials.

Learn how to create your own social media plan at Alaska Litho's seminar April 6th

If you have a project coming up that you'd like help with, send us a message!

PrePress Tip: To Impose or Not to Impose

When AK Litho prints your project, be it your business card or a corporate annual report, our prepress department will IMPOSE the final layout. Imposition is a process of file arrangement that seeks to print your project as efficiently as possible and/or arrange a series of pages so they can later be bound properly. Customers often impose their projects for us and nearly just as often we must un-impose the project so it can be imposed in a manner more suitable for the intended output device.

Imposition often means that your business card will be printed 2 at a time, maybe 8 at a time, or even 21 at a time.

Example of business cards imposed 21-up

The number of repetitions depends on a number of factors such as color, quantity, and even the stock being used. Your annual report may be printed 1 page at a time (1up), 2 pages at a time (2up) or even 4 pages at once (4up). Again, how the arrangement ends up depends on specific factors of the job.

Alaska Litho's prepress department has an array of imposition tools ready to organize your job's final PDF output into whatever imposition configuration is required by the equipment it is destined for. What does this mean for you? Scratch this detail off your list! We'll take care of it for you!

Microsoft Word and Publisher often try to impose a project for your desktop printer. If you are providing one of these file types, or a PDF from one of these file types, look through your print menus carefully and turn off any "multiple up" options. Similarly, with Adobe InDesign or Quark, make sure that you have not checked "spreads" or "reader spreads" or "booklet" when saving or exporting your files.

In the end, you'll have a bit less work to do and so will your prepress department!

Media Services Buzz:
Headed to Spain

This month Jenny Fremlin is headed to Barcelona, Spain, to present original research on media and community.

During an individual presentation at the 4th International Conference on Community Psychology she’ll be discussing ways to harness the power of media in local and international community building. Jenny was also invited to participate in a symposium highlighting some of the ways online communities influence members, support the emergence of subcultures, and enact social change.

The conference theme is Community & Politics In A World In Crisis. If you're interested in learning more about the conference, check out these videos by other presenters.

We're also still taking names for special presentations of Jenny's seminars. Send her a message to be added to the list!

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See Our New Press in Action During The Open House This Friday

  April 11, 2012

EVENTS

April 13, 2:30-5:30pm:
Open House
8420 Airport Blvd

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Voted #1 Print/Copy Shop in the 2011 Juneau Empire Readers Choice Awards!

See Our New Press in Action During The Open House This Friday

You are cordially invited to an open house at Alaska Litho, Friday, April 13th, 2012. We will be providing demonstrations of our new HP Indigo 5500 Digital Press.

Indigo 5500

Please join us between 2:30-5:30 pm to see how this new technology can better serve your print needs.

Bring your business card with you to the Open House to enter a drawing to win a Kindle Fire!

 

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First Friday: Opening of “These Wild Ecstasies” photography exhibit & Featuring “Power of Words”

  April 04, 2012

EVENTS

Start Out Running with Social Media

April 6, 1-4pm:
Start Out Running With Social Media Seminar at Centennial Hall
Register Online Now!

April 6, 4:30-7pm:
First Friday
(228 Seward St.)
Opening of
These Wild Ecstasies photography exhibit by Courtney Wendel
& Power of Words spoken word poetry and chapbooks for sale by CARES students

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Photo Exhibit Opening & Poetry Performance

This Friday: April 6th

These Wild Ecstasies by Courtney Wendel: A photo exhibit opening

Showcasing the playful and detailed side of life in Southeast Alaska, this photo exhibit will be displayed throughout the month of April. The title is inspired by a William Wordsworth poem:
“When these wild ecstasies shall be matured
Into a sober pleasure; when thy mind
Shall be a mansion for all lovely forms”

2 Poetic Events for National Poetry Month

Power of Words: Spoken Word and Performance Poetry by CARES program students

Hear poems from Power of Words, created by CARES program students, performed by the poets! The spoken word performance starts at 6 pm. A chapbook with poems from the entire class will also be available to purchase.

PARTICIPATE!

Not only is April National Poetry Month, it's also also National Card & Letter Writing Month! Free postcards will be available for you to write messages to the artist and poets.

Inspire! Create!

Refreshments will be available.

 

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