can you get a "sample" item printed with YOUR design
is "four color process printing" ?
is "offset" (lithographic) printing ?
is "dye sublimation" ?
A1 guarantee a perfect color match using dye sublimation ?
does your graphic need to be prepared in CMYK color mode
is a "standard" size mouse pad ?
A1 produce mouse pads in CUSTOM SHAPES AND SIZES ?
to #1: We
are able to produce a "press proof" for you upon
request. Contact us for more information when needed.
"Four color process printing" is used to reproduce
FULL COLOR graphics, photographs, etc., and refers to the
process by which four ink colors - CYAN (C), MAGENTA (M),
YELLOW (Y), and BLACK (K) are printed on top of each other
in various amounts and combinations to produce a full color
image. A1 uses four color process printing to print many of
the products we sell, so that is why we need you to provide
your graphic file to us in "CMYK color mode".
to #3: The original lithographers printed images by pressing
paper directly against the inked surface of a stone. Modern
presses transfer images from an inked plate to a rubber blanket.
It's the blanket, not the plate, that comes in contact with
the paper and actually prints the image. The image offsets
from plate to blanket, then offsets again from blanket to
paper. Because all lithographic presses use the offset principle,
the method is simply called "offset printing". Offset
printing enables A1 to reproduce your design in startling
detail. We want your design to print with clarity and faithful
color reproduction, so please follow our recommended graphic
listed in each of our product categories.
to #4: Dye sublimation is a method used to permanently
print a design on various materials. Sublimation refers to
the process by which specially formulated inks vaporize when
heated, and then bond with the molecules of the material to
which they are being transferred. Sublimation works well with
certain types of materials, such as polyester. A1 "soft
top" mouse pads are covered with tightly woven bright
white polyester material, and provide the perfect material
to permanently print your design in vibrant full color. We
utilize "offset printing" to produce "transfer
prints" of your design, and then press them onto the
mouse pads' cloth surface using high heat and pressure. Your
design is permanently "dyed" into the fibers of
the cloth material, producing a professional product that
will last and last. A1 use sublimation to print your design
because the process produces a permanent print which does
NOT rub off with use. Dye sublimation is the method of
choice for discriminating buyers that want a quality product.
to #5: We can't guarantee a perfect color match using
any print system. Traditional inks, however, are alot easier
to use, and consequently, we are able to achieve at least
a 98% color accuracy. We use traditional inks to produce our
hard top and ultra thin products. Dye Sublimation inks, however,
are really not inks at all, but specially formulated fabric
dyes. While we can achieve close color match (about 90% accuracy),
we can not achieve perfection. That's why it is especially
important for you to supply us with a "match print"
along with your digital file. The "match print"
sets a standard for us to use when producing your prints.
Without a "match print", we have no standard to
use at all.
to #6: We use four color process printing, which requires
that we produce film separations in 4 colors, and then that
we print using cyan, magenta, yellow, and black color dye
sublimation inks. Therefore, RGB (3 color) files are not useful.
If you can't create your graphic in CMYK color, or can't convert
the file to CMYK, we will do so here. Note, however, that
there is sometimes a color shift when converting from RGB
to CMYK. That's why we recommend creating the original graphic
in CMYK mode, and that's why we also recommend you purchasing
a "match print" before we commence production, as
you will be able to determine from the match print, what color
adjustments, if any, need to be made to your graphic before
we begin the production process.
is no standard size mouse pad. We offer a few standard sizes
of our own, but can't in good conscience claim that a particular
size is the best.
the specific details of your needs.