Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of our most common Frequently Asked Questions. Contact us if for any reason your question is not listed.

File Preparation & Upload

  • What are acceptable file formats?

    We accept native files created with the following programs. QuarkXPress, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat

  • How do I prepare artwork?

    Certain steps can be taken to ensure we receive your files in the most efficient manner. Please be certain to include all necessary files including fonts, support art and native files. This can easily be done from Quark (File/Collect for Output) and InDesign (File/Package). Please include a low resolution pdf file for reference.

  • What is the pre-flight process?

    The pre-flight process is when we receive brand new art work from a client which gives us an opportunity to open and check the integrity of all the supplied files. We also pre-flight file to match up the files to the quote to insure that everything that was requested or not requested reflects accordingly with the art work. It is purely a preliminary procedure.

Mailing & Fulfillment

Offset Printing Techniques

  • Are there any special techniques that will enhance a print project.

    APPi uses several techniques to ensure every print project achieves or exceeds the results that our clients are hoping for. Some of our most effective techniques are:

    • Stochastic Printing
    • Strike Thru Varnish
    • Scented Printing
  • What are the best papers to use when printing metallic inks?

    Metallic inks perform best on coated stocks. We suggest that you plan to varnish the job when your design is using heavy metallic ink coverage or if the marketing communication will experience a lot of handling. Varnish will diminish the metallic effect somewhat, because metallic gets their brilliance from the leafing of the metallic flakes reflecting light, but the varnish will maintain the overall integrity of your job. On the other hand aqueous coatings over metallic may dull the metallic effect. Our suggestion is to try a synthetic metallic ink if aqueous coating is required for the job. We also caution designers about screening back metallic inks. Most metallic colors lose their “glow” when screened back which can result in an effect different from what the designer envisioned.

What to Expect at APPi

  • What makes APPi different than the competition?

    Associated Printing Productions Inc. (APPi) was built upon a legacy of exceptional quality and impeccable service. Simply stated, APPi’s customer service is the best in the business. We are a family run business which we hope to make all of our clients feel part of the family too by the end of each and every experience with us! No job or demand is too challenging for our team to handle as we have learned to defy the laws of time! We can work around the clock to achieve some of the most demanding deadlines. Our sole goal is to make our client’s job easier and make them shine to their superiors and clients through our hard work and dedication of service.

  • What makes APPi different from other commercial printing companies?

    APPi takes pride in providing the best Commercial Printing Services no matter what the size of the job. Our main priority is our clients and APPi makes sure we show care from start to completion of the project.

  • How do I know if my project is being completed properly?

    At the start of any project, it will be assigned to one of our experienced customer service professionals who will assist and guide you through the entire printing process. Our experienced management team will also be overseeing the project to ensure quality and timely delivery.

  • Who should I contact to get a quote on my project?

    You should call our main phone number 305-623-7600 and one of our experienced printing consultants will assist you with pricing and time frame for your project. You can also email for more information on how to proceed.


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