Printing


  • BW PrintingPrinter broken? Long line up at the library and computer labs? Come to Zap to have your black & white or colour reports, essays, theses and other documents printed quickly.

    Zap uses high-speed digital printers to print documents of all sizes. Documents can be printed on all of the available paper at Zap, or on your own paper. This includes Letter (8.5×11), Legal (8.5×14), Ledger (11×17), and 12X18 size paper.

  • FlowerUsing “Fiery technology”, Zap can reproduce high-quality, photo-realistic color documents that surpass the print quality of regular computer printers. We can print digital graphics, scanned photos, color transparencies from most file formats or software applications.

    We can also print images and text onto a t-shirt, mouse pad, ceramic coffee mug, or a travel mug.

  • Banner-web_new_2_thumbPrint posters, photos, banners and large advertisements on Zap’s Epson Stylus banner printer. Our printer is capable of printing banners up to five feet in width and any length. It can also do tiling, which will print several banners that can be tiled together to create an enormous wall sized banner. We have several types on media to print your banners on, such as: Satin Matte Paper, Glossy Photo Paper, Canvas and Vinyl. Our Vinyl is the only waterproof media we can print on, although some banners can be laminated to increase their durability. Before your banner is printed we will print roughly an 11×17 print of your file for you to proof. Allow two working days after your proof has been approved for your banner to be printed.

Rush Printing

If you need the banner sooner then:

  • 48 hours a 25% rush charge will apply
  • next day a 30% rush charge will apply
  • or same day (depending on availability) a 40% rush charge will apply

We can print from many different formats but prefer TIFF, JPEG, PDF or PowerPoint.

Please phone Zap (721-8805) or email (zaporders@uvss.ca) for information on other files before you design your banner.



Printing Tips

  • PDF: set your PDF writer for a large file size and check the size of the PDF page once you have created the banner PDF. The PDF you send us has to be sized to the finished banner size because we cannot enlarge or reduce your PDF on the banner printer.
  • PPT or PPTX: Do not use templates for designing your banner in PowerPoint. Usually templates do not print correctly. Include any odd fonts in a separate folder. Insert photos at a high resolution.
  • Illustrator files should be saved as EPS, the file flattened and fonts changed to outlines.
  • Photoshop files should be flattened and saved as a TIFF or JPEG. Create your banner at a minimum resolution of 150.
  • Upload your large files for print to Zap’s Dropbox. Send us an email or phone (721-8805) to let us know your file is uploaded and ready for proofing. NOTE: We will delete all files at the end of each day for your privacy.

What is the best program for creating banners?

Power Point and other programs of this type were never designed for the printing of color graphics. For best color results, color graphics should be created in CMYK with Photoshop, Illustrator or Corel Draw. CMYK refers to the four colors used in digital full color printing. RGB (Red, Green, Blue) are used in monitors, cameras, scanners, overhead transparencies and graphics for web sites.

The majority of files we print are from Power Point because everyone has the program and is familiar with its use. Remember that the colors, especially mauves and greens, reproduce with the least accuracy in this program. This is not a problem with our equipment but is an industry wide issue.

How accurately will my printed graphics match what I see on my monitor?

The technology used for offset printing is a CMYK printing process, so therefore when printed, RGB monitor colors are simulated using Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black inks. Because of wide differences in monitors and how they display color, many printed (CMYK) colors do not accurately match the (RGB) colors you see on screen. Bottom line: although close, the final graphics we produce for you are likely to include colors that do not “match” the colors you.

Software and Hardware

File Formats

  • .eps (Encapsulated Postscript)*
  • .ps (Postscript)*
  • .pdf (Adobe PDF)*
  • .jpg (JPEG)
  • .gif (GIF)
  • .tif (TIFF)
  • .bmp (Windows Bitmap)
  • .txt (Text File)
  • .ppt or .pptx (PowerPoint)

Software Applications

  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Pages
  • Corel DRAW

We Can Print From:

  • CDs
  • Memory Stick (USB Drive)
  • SD Memory Cards
  • Emails
  • FTP sites
  • Websites



FTP your files for print

You can upload your files for print to Zap’s Dropbox – call 721-8805 or email for details and to let us know when your file is there.