the Mayfair Printing Co. faqs/Digital

FAQs & Help


Our FAQ’s below will guide you through the many opportunities available through digital printing. This rapidly advancing technology offers distinctive advantages over traditional lithographic print.

If you’re unable to find answers to your questions here, please call us on 020 7491 1973 or email any questions you may have.

Individual FAQs

White or off white are generally best for reproducing your print work accurately. Tinted papers and board affect printed colours quite dramatically, in most cases dulling the printed image – sometimes the designer’s intention. We carry a range of papers and board in weights to suit most needs up to a maximum off 350gsm. Textured papers and boards are also available.

There is a limit to the thickness of board our digital presses can feed. However, we can double the board thickness by printing the two sides separately, then ‘twinning’ the sheets together to achieve credit card-like weight of board. For heavier requirements we sandwich a third sheet of board between the two printed sides to produce an extremely thick rigid finish.

As a temporary measure we can always print a small run of digital business cards for that emergency.

We have a full range of binding options, from wire- and comb-binding to heat and perfect binding. See FAQ’s in the finishing section for more details.

We are open Monday through to Friday from 9.00am to 6.00pm. However we don't stop until we have met our commitments.

If necessary and by prior arrangement we will work in order to produce a job to your timeline.

Offering both digital and lithographic print enables us to guide you to the most appropriate technology for your requirements based on weights of stock required, how soon and/or quickly the work is required, not to mention the quantity required and the overall quality you need to achieve.

There have been significant advances in digital print over recent years and the result is very high quality full colour print. However lithographic print is still the standard by which to gauge quality, and specific Pantone colours are best reproduced with the latter.

See our section Supplying your own files.

Crop Marks are guide marks added to artwork to indicate where the printed sheet will be trimmed down to it's required final size.

Bleed refers to the extension of artwork beyond the 'crop marks' to ensure the printed image runs to the edge of the finished piece and doesn't fall short of the trimmed edge.

Yes, we can but because the image is produced using heat to fuse the toner, any subsequent heat such as an office laser printer may cause the image to smudge. This problem does not arise when using an inkjet printer.

Yes, you can take advantage of most special finishes such as foiling and embossing in conjunction with digital print to create a special item such as invitations or wedding stationery.

We can print colour labels on either clear or white self-adhesive stock.

The digital print process lends itself well to fast turnaround, however, our response does rely on what is in our schedule at the time you place your order. Nonetheless, we will always do our utmost and meet your needs.

A series of nozzles spray clusters of ink dots on the paper to create the image. The colour accuracy and quality is generally superior to toner-based processes.

Yes, we’re always happy to have an informal chat about your requirements, to offer our advice and to make recommendations, with absolutely no obligation on your part. Please call 020 7491 1973 or send us an email to arrange a convenient time to speak.