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New FedEx Shipping Requirements

New FedEx Dry Ice Shipping Requirements... FedEx has announced updates to their dry ice shipping labels. Beginning October 1st all packages containing dry ice must display the new labels as shown below. All use of the obsolete labels should be discontinued as FedEx will not accept shipments containing them. If you have questions or concerns or would like to request new dry ice labels, please email Mailing Services at uomailing@uoregon.edu.

Updated FedEx Labels

Clear Dry Ink

Introducing Clear Dry Ink! Printing and Mailing Services strives to offer the latest in technology and production features. With the acquisition of a new color digital press, features not typically found on digital presses were added. One feature is the use of clear toner. The clear toner is the 5th color in the typical CMYK printing processes. It is simple to add to your printed piece, but adds creative and dramatic effects.

Printed pieces that are different and unique tend to be held onto longer than those that do not incorporate special features. With the clear toner application, you expand the life of the piece you create, adding to the success of your event or campaign. Posters, brochures, fliers, or any marketing campaign can be enhanced with the use of clear toner.

What can you do with Clear Dry Ink?

  • Highlight images, making them pop off the page
  • Draw attention to headlines and variable text
  • Highlight photos, logos and variable images
  • Create artistic effects like patterns and grids
  • Enhance the appearance of simulated metallics
  • Create tinted varnish effects
  • Flood an entire photo for a smooth finish
  • Create a subtle watermark effect
  • Add an element of security

How is Clear Dry Ink applied to my printing piece?

  • Spot Treatment - You can specify clear dry ink to print only in specifically designated areas of a printed piece. This has the effect of highlighting and drawing attention to that part of the design, such as an area of an illustration or important text. It can also provide additional visual interest of enhancing varied textures on a single printed surface. Not only does this add interest, but it also gives your piece a more high-end, polished look.

Spot over a photograph - Add clear dry ink to a photograph and make it jump off the page, or designate certain areas of the photograph to highlight its features. Give your photos a noticeable sheen. You can also add a texture over a photograph, giving the illusion of dimension.

Spot over a solid color - By adding clear dry ink over a solid color, you can increase the depth and overall sheen of that color, giving it a little lift off the page and catching attention. This effect works best when clear dry ink is applied over lighter colors and is a great way to create subtle, interesting patterns and also to show off your graphics. Mimic a subtle tinted varnish effect by creating a design with a light tint of a color and then add spot clear dry ink on top of that. The tinted effect can be used on its own as a design element, or over text and images to give them extra attention getting power. 

  • Flood Coating - To “flood” your printed piece with clear dry ink is to cover the whole sheet with it. Flooding can have many benefits. It adds a soft finish to your entire piece, giving it an offset like appearance. It provides an even sheen that adds depth to photos and a smooth consistent look across an image. Flooding can also help to protect your applications, almost adding a layer of sealant, especially helpful for direct mail and other pieces that are prone to wear from handling.
  • Metallic/Pearlescent Effect - Introducing a sheen of clear dry ink over pantone metallic colours simulated in CMYK can produce a metallic effect, making your design shine. A metallic effect also adds elegance to text in your printed pieces, as well as creates the appearance of metal on objects.
  • Watermark - Using clear dry ink is a great way to print watermarks on your pieces. These subtle, authenticating marks can provide notice for copyrighted materials or add a graphic element to discourage copying of coupons or tickets. Watermarks can repeat across the entire page and are a nice way to add a soft graphic element to your design to quietly reinforce your message or evoke a mood.

Contact Digital Printing at 541-346-0477 for more information about Clear Dry Ink.

We hope that good things are worth waiting for!

We hope that good things are worth waiting for! It has been a long time coming, but Printing and Mailing Services is pleased to launch their new website. It has been a process; from internal meetings, design concepts, site maps and navigation, to updating copy on the website pages. It is and will be a work in progress, so we appreciate your patience as we continue to make improvements.
 
Besides looking for a new refreshed look to our website, we wanted to make improvements to how jobs are submitted and to improve the ease-of-use. One comment that we heard from campus is that it was cumbersome when printing and mailing a job that two separate forms were required to be filled out. We are working on a "one-form" concept and should be launched after a test phase.
 
So, welcome to the new Printing and Mailing Services website. We hope you find it of value, easy to use, and a true resource for your print and mail needs. Thank you for your patience during our construction!

The History of Print

Printing has been around for a very long time! Printing at the University of Oregon has been around for a long time. To really understand the journey that printing has taken, a quick history lesson may be a good thing (we are at an institution of learning!). The "art" of duplication started around 3000 BC, when the Mesopotamian civilization used round cylinders to reproduce an image in clay. Small stamps carved from wood blocks were used by the Chinese to copy an image or symbol.
 
Fast forward to the mid-15th century when goldsmith Johann Gutenberg created a basis for what we can recognize as a giant leap in the evolution of print. He created moveable type where ink was transferred to paper via pressure.....eureka!....we have print that can be mass produced! The printing press has been replaced by the more modern process of offset printing. The term "offset" comes from the fact that the print image is actually "offset" from one cylinder to the sheet of paper.
 
The technology of using four colors to process an image is at the heart of today's print process; cyan, yellow, magenta, and black are the colors used to create a full-color image. Technological advances have made the print process more green and sustainable including processless printing plates, recycled papers, and the decreased use of harmful cleaning chemicals. Offset printing can print on paper that is both thick and thin, material that is made of synthetic material, and a wide variety of sizes.
 
With the advent of the office copy machine in the 1960's by Xerox, there was an evolution in the print industry. It was no longer necessary to have something printed when additional copies were needed. The desktop laser printer (based on the copy machine) was invented in 1969 by Xerox, it sped up the desktop publishing art form allowing for print-on-demand and personal computer work stations to be networked.
 
Today, digital color has evolved to a new height of quality. Digital presses can skip a number of the steps required in the offset print process. No need for printing plates, clear toner, inline finishing, and the use of a wide range of paper weights and materials. So, the journey of print has been a long one arriving at the destination of increased efficiencies, higher quality, and shorter turn times.
 
 
 
 

Postal Service....a bad rap?

The United States Postal Service (USPS) is constitutionally required to provide mail service to every address in the country; no easy feat. And, despite what the political battles are with the inefficiencies (or not) of their service, it is really quite remarkable that for forty-nine cents, you can leave a letter in your mail box and have it arrive across the country in just a few days; it is a real bargain. In comparison to other countries, we have one of the least expensive postage rates in the world. It is also interesting to note, that because of the requirement to hit all households, private parcel companies (UPS, FedEx, DHL) all use the USPS to make their deliveries for them as they know it is less expense than to deliver it themselves. Consider these statistics:

  • The Postal Service has more than 14 million PO boxes.
  • If the Postal Service were a private sector company, it would rank 35th in the 2011 Fortune 500.
  • The Postal Service is the No. 1 choice of eBay shippers.
  • The Postal Service has one of the largest material-handling systems in the world for moving mail. There are more than 200 miles of conveyors within a single postal processing facility.
  • They are the first federal agency - and the first company in North America - to receive the prestigious Gold Award from the Climate Registry for its sustainability efforts and leadership in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Gold status is awarded to organizations that demonstrate GHG emissions reduction of more than 5 percent.

So, they not only provide a vital service, but have some amazing statistics to be recognized. We work closely with the Postal Service and manage their complex and stringent requirements to always get you the lowest postage rates on any mailing job you send to us. Call us, and we will walk you through the maze of requirements to make sure that your mailing project is sent out in a timely fashion.....at the lowest postage possible.
 

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