Friday, July 29, 2016

What's the Difference Between UV and Aqueous Coatings?

You've spent time and energy to make sure that your print piece has a beautiful design, has been proofed and spell-checked over and over, and now it's almost time to get in on the press and in your hands! One last thing, though. Do you want to have a UV coating or an aqueous coating? Or any coating at all?

The coating on your print pieces makes all of the difference, because that's what protects it from elements, and keeps it looking new for longer. At Lake Printing, we specialize in taking your ideas and turning them into reality when it comes to your print marketing at the Lake of the Ozarks. Here are a few ideas to help you know what coating would be best for your piece.

What is Aqueous Coating?

An aqueous coating is clean, fast-drying, and water-based. It is used to protect your print piece, and it provides a high-gloss or matte surface. It can deter dirt and fingerprints, which makes it ideal for any piece that will be handled on a routine basis. If you're printing postcards or other pieces that will be traveling through the mail? What about business cards that will be handled many times, thrown on desks and in wallets? What about brochures, catalog covers or presentation folders? Aqueous coatings provide a more substantial resistance to scuffs than other vanishes, and it's typically applied to the entire print piece.It's also a water base coating, which means it's more environmentally friendly than some other coatings.

UV Coating

UV coatings get their name because they are cured by exposure to ultraviolet light. This causes it to quickly dry and harden the coating. You can achieve an extremely high gloss with UV coatings, compared to others, but they may crack when scored or folded because of the thickness and hardness of the coating. Sometimes it can be considered too shiny for some uses, so you'll want to check out several examples before making your final decision. You will also have to remember that UV coatings can't be foil stamped, and any embossing must be done after the coating has been applied.

When To NOT Coat Your Print Piece

Believe it or not, there are a few reasons why you don't want to coat your print piece. If you want to write on your product, it can be very challenging to write on coated paper, and while you can easily write on it with permanent marker, it doesn't stick well and can wipe off. Are you order greeting cards or note cards? Make sure that you specify that you don't want a coating on the inside so you can write on them.

Print Products at the Lake of the Ozarks

Are you looking for a print piece that represents your company professionally and accurately? Lake Printing would be honored to help you with your next project! We specialize in print products that showcase your company, improve your branding, and just make you look really good. Are you curious about all of the services we offer? Visit our website!

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Go Back to School In Style!

It's crazy to think that in just one month, many schools in the area will be starting back up, and our kids will be headed back to their learning schedules. As a local business, one of the greatest things you can support in the area is the local schools! They work hard to make sure that your kids are cared for and taught well, so why not help the students and teachers get prepared by handing out some awesome promotional products!

Flashlight Keychain

Super bright LED flashlight with swivel split key ring. Solid metal construction and metallic color finish with five beams. Push on/off switch saves battery life so it's ready when needed. Environmentally friendly lithium batteries included(replaceable). Great gift idea. Ideal for key holder, key tag, key chain, key ring, safety, emergency.

Economy School Kit

Economy school kit comes with two economy pencils, 6" wooden ruler and a blank thrifty sharpener. All items come in a zippered vinyl pouch that fits into any standard two or three ring binder. Available in a variety of trim colors. Imprinting available in one standard color on the pouch, pencil, and ruler.

Wave Screen Cleaner

Your campaign is sure to make "waves" at your next event! Use both sides of the Wave screen cleaner to clean up your workspace. The microfiber cloth safely cleans your computer monitor, while the brush cleans up the keyboard, desk and computer case. You get 2 handy sides for cleaning a monitor or keyboard. Made of plastic, this tool fits the marketing needs of the technology sector and more. Make a "clean" break in your business by ordering now!

Round 24" retractable badge holder

Round 24" retractable badge reel with a metal clip on the back. Solid construction. Great for events, trade shows, corporate name tags, badges and ID cards. Fits all of our clear vinyl badge holders. Plastic snap size 1/2" x 1/8".

Eco Pencil

Recycled eco-friendly pen. Choose from recycled denim, money or newsprint for the material used to make this unique item. This pencil comes unsharpened. Various colors are available depending on which material is chosen. Pencils made from recycled denim and money made in America.

Dual Pocket Cinchpack

Clients will bring along their belongings and your brand! Promote your business and services using our dual pocket cinchpack. With pockets galore, this cinchpack is made with 210 denier polyester and includes a side open pocket and side mesh pocket for clear visibility. Available in bold color options, customize with your company name and logo to generate maximum brand exposure. Great for fundraisers, teams, marathons and more!

Gel Highlighter Kit (TM)

Highlight your promotional efforts with something that's great for students, writers and more with these Gel Highlighters. Each contains 5 brightly colored, smooth gel highlighters with smear-proof ink that won't dry out if the cap is left off. A full-color epoxy dome imprint on the outside of the storage box puts your brand on display with a promotional product that's great for universities, schools and more! Order yours today!

Promotional Products at the Lake of the Ozarks

Is your business looking for a tool that will help achieve their marketing goals and really advertise them well? Promotional products are just one of the great tools at your disposal when you work with Lake Printing. We can also assist you in the creation of custom business cards at the Lake of the Ozarks, as well pamphlets, posters, banners, and more. Visit our website today to learn more about our print products at the Lake of the Ozarks, and even our green printing practices!

You Can Trust Lake Printing for Your Large & Small Print Needs

6815 Hwy 54 • Osage Beach MO 65065

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Friday, July 15, 2016

The Top 5 Benefits of Banners

In a day when people are so used to seeing digital advertising through social media and television, there are still practical ways to advertise to your customers that don't involve staring at technology. Vinyl banners are not only a great way to get the word across, but they are an economical way to advertise your business. Here are five benefits to using banners throughout your business for advertising purposes.


One of the biggest advantages of having to create a banner at the Lake of the Ozarks for your business is that it is a reusable item. If you'll be promoting something over a period of time, or hosting the same even on a routine basis, a banner is a great way to do it. Banners are easy to transport to many different locations and they work great inside and out.


Because banners are printed digitally, you can put virtually anything on them that you would like. In the past, they were made with layers of vinyl, and you could only do what could be easily cut and placed. Now, you can use any fonts, graphics, photos and more on your banner, which means that you can target the exact demographic that you were aiming for. Banners can be placed in many locations, so if you're setting up for a trade show, it's a great way to advertise to the customers who will want your product.


Individuals have been trained to observe signs, they are everywhere. From important traffic signs that must be obeyed to billboards along the highway, if there is a sign, you have been trained to observe it, which is what makes banners especially effective. People can't help but look when they see your banner outside your business or hanging over the aisle of your business.


Some advertising materials can be expensive for your company, and others are a constant drain with their monthly fees - not the case with a banner. You pay a one-time charge to have it created, and then your banner is ready to be put to work. It can be used inside your business to draw attention to a sale or product, and it can be used outdoors to alert customers that you are now open, or that you are hosting an event. This is a relatively inexpensive way to achieve large results.


A banner will reinforce your message again and again. Every time your customer looks at your banner, you are continually reminding them of your logo and your message. If placed in the right location, your customer may see the exact same banner several times a day. Never loose the chance to repeat your message over and over.

Print Marketing at the Lake of the Ozarks

Whether you need a banner or custom business cards, Lake Printing is here to help with all of your printing needs. We have a fantastic team of employees who are skilled in their career, so from getting quotes to having them design your next brochure, you can be sure that you are in good hands. If you're ready to get started on your next print project at the Lake of the Ozarks, you can visit our website at to see samples, and submit an online quote.

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6815 Hwy 54 • Osage Beach MO 65065

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Friday, July 8, 2016

FAQ's About Graphic Design For Your Print Piece

Graphic design is a part of everyday life. From the television shows, you watch to the print pieces you have us create for your company. They are the first and last impression many people will have of your company, if not the only impression. If you doubted the importance of graphic design, it's time to think again, because, in this visual society, you want to speak the language people are using, and part of that is through appealing graphics.

Whether you have a piece that has already been designed and printed, or your still in the beginning stages of the process, here are a few frequently asked questions to give you a good impression of why graphic design is so important.

Why Do I Need a Professional Graphic Designer?

Have you ever gone somewhere with a table of business cards looking for a specific service? Which ones do you choose? We would wager that you grab the ones that catch your eye. Which ones do you visit the website of? Most likely the ones that have a professional feel, with enough information to show you what they do. This is why graphic design is so important. You probably wouldn't pick up a business card that was printed on printer paper with a grainy appearance and bad graphics because without even realizing it, you are judging the quality of work by the quality of their business card. In many cases, without even knowing what you're doing, you are thinking that if they invested money into their business cards, they have invested time and money into the quality of their work - and so you call them.

Will I Get Any Input in My Print Piece?

Of course! Our graphic designers at the Lake of the Ozarks are creating something just for you, and because of that, we want your opinion from the start. While our designers are trained to create something that will be eye-catching and beautiful, we also realize that graphic design is a style. Our goal is to mix your style with something that will catch attention and in the end, cause someone to want to call you for your services.

Do you Print Off a Proof For Me to See?

Many companies may print a proof off so you can hold your piece and see it in real life, but we've opted for a green option. We create your piece digitally, and then send you a PDF proof so that we can not only save you money in the long run from the cost of a proof, but also save the earth by saving more trees. Help us make a difference in our community and industry by viewing your PDF proof and saving paper and ink.

How do I Know When I Need An Updated Look?

This is hard to say, but if you are wondering if you need to update, chances are you do. While we don't always advocate for changing the entire look of your company, sometimes it can be good to update the style in small ways, or at least make sure that the information is correct so you don't have to keep marking things out with a pen. If you are ready to do a complete re-design of your business card or logo, we can help!

Best Print Company at the Lake of the Ozarks

Lake Printing has been around for over 65 years, and we aim to continue making strides in our industry to continue being the best around. We provide a variety of services from graphic design to custom printing and mailing. If your business needs an updated look, or even just needs new business cards for a new employee, visit our website, or give us a call at 573-346-0600 today!

You Can Trust Lake Printing for Your Large & Small Print Needs

6815 Hwy 54 • Osage Beach MO 65065

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