Some helpful hints

Posted: December 2nd, 2013 | Comments Off


Team Valley Printers employs qualified and experienced designers and we do that for a reason: There are certain rules and requirements needed to get that image from your screen reproduced onto the printed page – properly!

Here are a few guidelines for those of you who want to supply your own artwork.

Typos and spelling

If you’re supplying your own artwork it won’t be checked by your printer for spelling mistakes so any errors will be your responsibility and the cost of a reprint will rest with you.

Typos and spelling mistakes are probably the most common but also the most simple errors to avoid. While spell checkers are obviously a great help, don’t take it for granted that they’ve spotted all errors – ‘you’ instead of ‘your’, ‘to’ instead of ‘too’ and ‘form’ instead of ‘from’ are frequent culprits that slip through the net.


Any print that comes to the edge of the document needs to be extended beyond the page boundaries – this is called bleed. The reason we need bleed is that during printing and guillotining the image can move slightly on the sheet. If you don’t have any bleed then you could end up with white edges showing. In most cases 3mm is the norm but you might find that for large format jobs 5mm or more is required. If in doubt, ask.

White out type

If you are printing CMYK and want to knock white text out of a dark background be careful when choosing typefaces and sizes. The dark colour will most likely contain a percentage of each CMYK ink, any slight movement on the press will result in the white text filling in and looking blurred.

Colour conversion

Many digital images are supplied in RGB format. This is perfect for viewing on screen but not for printing. Printing uses the CMYK colour format.

Although pdf software has tools to convert from RGB to CMYK as do most RIPs (the software that converts your files into a printable format) it can give unreliable results, even reproducing as greyscale in some cases.

Colours from the palettes in your software are best converted to process if you are printing CMYK from within that software. Spot colours converted in pdf software or at the RIP stage sometimes give results that are far from accurate.

Fonts and typefaces

Most documents you produce will have a degree of text incorporated in them and therefore the fonts you choose become an important element of your design. There are thousands of different fonts available so make sure you choose carefully. Some are highly creative, strictly for display ie. short headings or signage, designed to make an impact. Others are for reading and are easy on the eye.

Fonts come from numerous sources; some bundled with software, some bought from type foundries and others perhaps free online. Although pdf creators can embed fonts there can still be problems reproducing them. The safest bet is, if your software allows, to convert text to paths before saving as a pdf. (Don’t forget to save a back-up version before converting in case you need to make changes in the future).

Try to avoid using raster text from image editing software such as Photoshop – it will never look as sharp as vector text.

The wrong resolution 

300dpi for print and 72dpi for web. It’s the printer’s mantra but no matter how many times you repeat it some people will always try to use low resolution images and expect to get high resolution results. Modern digital cameras and even camera phones can now produce images that are of sufficient resolution to allow them to be reproduced in the majority of print jobs. However images taken from the internet are more than likely to be too low resolution to use.

Also don’t think that changing a 72dpi image to 300dpi in Photoshop will turn a low resolution image into a high resolution image.

Image file formats

You want the images in your print to look crisp, sharp and colourful, so make sure you use images created/saved in the correct format. The .gif and .png formats are intended for web use. They are generally low resolution files with RGB colour format. For best results use .tiff images or .jpeg images. If you’re using jpegs make sure they’re saved at maximum quality.

Windows, walls and automobiles

Posted: November 11th, 2013 | Comments Off

Since we installed our Mimaki large format printer and plotter we’ve been getting up to all sorts. As well as our banners, pull up banners and posters we’ve been producing vinyls, car graphics and signage to name just a few.

With a full design service we can offer a really quick turn around on large format items, stickers and cut vinyl lettering etc as well as fantastic prices!

If you’ve got stickers or intricate shapes to cut out then we’ve got just the thing. Our plotter can cut shapes at lightening speed either cutting completely to give individual items or kiss cutting to give a number of items on a sheet. It also produces fantastic, crisp cut-lettering for vehicle graphics, signage or even wall decoration. Press play and watch it fly…!!

It’s Wallplanner Time Again!

Posted: November 8th, 2013 | Comments Off

Team Valley Wall Planner2013

Our ever popular A1 wallplanners are back! Carrying local advertising, these are hand delivered to businesses across the North East. Areas we’ll be covering this year include Team Valley, Gateshead, Newcastle, Sunderland and Washington. Prices start from just £30 + vat – fantastic value to get your business in front of 1000 customers for a whole year. Call us on 0191 487 1834 for more details – spaces are going fast!

Large format and small format – we print it all to make conference a success

Posted: September 20th, 2013 | Comments Off

Flexibility and a wide product range backed by a first class design service are things we pride ourselves on.

When one of our clients needed sponsor branded materials for their annual conference we were ideally suited to help. From bottle collars and menus to large format banners and directional signage we were able to design and produce everything they needed to turn the hotel into their sponsor’s branded conference centre.

Business Networx hits the Newsstands

Posted: July 19th, 2013 | Comments Off

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At the turn of the year we revamped our free bi-monthly Business Networx business to business magazine. Previously an A5 glossy magazine populated with adverts, it emerged in a larger A4 format with a mix of news, editorial and adverts.  Going from strength to strength, issue 4 has not only hit every business on Team Valley but has also found pride of place on the newsstands in the Team Valley branch of Sainsbury’s.


The main focus of the magazine is to promote businesses operating from Gateshead’s Team Valley Trading Estate but there is great scope also for companies who would like to promote themselves to businesses on the Estate. Testament to the success of the magazine is the range of advertisers from the small traders on and around the Estate, local government projects to the multinationals and industrial giants such as Rolls Royce, Lexus and Volvo.


Published on a bi-monthly basis, the magazine is hand delivered to 750 businesses on the Team Valley with copies available for people to pick up in various meeting points and shops on the Estate giving a potential readership of 20,000. We also offer a subscription service so that people or organisations can request copies to be sent to them direct and of course there’s always a copy to view online at .


If you’ve got something exciting happening with your business or to advertise why not get in touch? Call us on: 0191 487 1834 or email:

All of our advertising rates are online at

Team Valley Printers at work in the community

Posted: July 10th, 2013 | Comments Off


Team Valley Printers has its roots in the local community. The Whickham Advertiser magazine being our first publication. Since then the Advertiser magazines have grown to cover seven areas throughout the Gateshead and Newcastle area.

Getting involved in promoting the Whickham May Fayre and later on the ‘Lighting up Whickham’ Medieval Fayre were perfect opportunities to give something back to the community that has supported us from the outset. The organisers needed a programme and Team Valley Printers immediately offered our services on both occasions. Using our experience in compiling and printing monthly magazines, we undertook the production of full colour programmes.

The programmes for the Fayres needed to be self funding so we contacted local businesses through our telesales team to ask them for their support. Our contacts from our monthly Advertiser magazine were a great help.

Team Valley Printers’ in-house design team were able to create adverts for those who needed them, as well as designing eyecatching programmes to promote the Fayres. Sponsors were also given the opportunity to have their logo printed on full colour pvc banners which we produced in order to promote the events.


Print and Signage for Team Reptiles

Posted: June 19th, 2013 | Comments Off


When our long term customer Team Reptiles were due to open a new shop in Sunderland we were pleased to be given the opportunity to supply the print and signage for the project.

Exterior signs, reusable price cards and decorative panels were all produced in full colour on Foamex boards. A double sided window graphic was produced using Opaljet vinyl giving a bright, dynamic aspect to both the exterior and interior of the shop. It certainly provides maximum impact on the high street.

We also designed and printed promotional leaflets advertising the new shop along with loyalty cards and business cards.


Merry Christmas from Team Valley Printers

Posted: December 16th, 2012 | Comments Off

Please Note: We will be closing our doors for Christmas at 5pm on the Friday 21st of December 2012 and will re-open 9:00am Wednesday the 2nd of January 2013. We will still be checking emails during this time so please feel free to email us.

Our Latest E-Shot

Posted: October 29th, 2012 | Comments Off

Printers E-shot

Big thanks to our sister company Team Valley Web for developing and sending out the e-shot promoting our free design special offer. If you would like to get all future promotions direct to your email you can sign up to our newsletter at the bottom of this page.

Printers E-shot

New E-commerce Website

Posted: October 19th, 2012 | Comments Off

Our New Website is Live

The new Team Valley Printers website has officially launched.

The site is a much needed update from our old site and will allow our customers to purchase some of our most popular products online including, business cards, flyers, posters, stationery packs and brochures.

To celebrate the launch of the site we are also offering free design on all leaflets and business cards until the end of December (terms and conditions apply)

If you don’t see what you are looking for on our website, please contact us on 0191 491 1525 or email your requirements to for a bespoke quote.


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