YOU DESIGN IT, WE PRINT IT.

Wholesale printing is what we do. You design it, we print it. Send us your print ready designs and we’ll bring them to life with letterpress, flat printing, foil, screen printing, and embossing. We work with designers and stationers from all over the land, big and small. We’re happy to work with you whether you’re printing quantity 25 or 10,000; no quantity discrimination around here! Need a lightning fast turn around? We can make it happen with almost everything done entirely in-house. Czar Press will meet all of your printing and fulfillment needs with the highest level of quality, communication and service.

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SERVICES

LETTERPRESS

 

Letterpress is an over 500 year-old relief printing technique which uses a printing press. Our presses are between 80 and 100 years old and are printing as well today as they ever have. Letterpress uses a unique plate, created for each artwork, which is inked on the raised surface and pressed against the paper. Our letterpress plates are aluminum backed polymer, and made in house for each job. We house over 250 inks for letterpress, and can custom mix to any uncoated Pantone color.

• Great for deep relief and intricate detail.

• Wide range of ink color options (or we can do blind letterpress with no ink at all!)

• Can be a budget friendly alternative to foil (i.e. using a hot pink ink instead of opting for hot pink foil).

FOIL

 

Foil while similar to our letterpress process, uses a magnesium plate and high heat to transfer the foil to the paper. It has a slight relief in the surface it’s printed on, though not as much as letterpress. Foil is a great option to give your print jobs that extra wow factor. We have a wide variety of foil colors in house, including Gold, Silver, Champagne, Copper, Matte Gold, Rose Gold and White. If we don’t have the color that you’re looking for in-house, custom colors can be ordered for an additional $40.

• Best process for metallic printing on any paper or for white printing on colored papers.

• Excellent for fine detail and line-work.

• Can help you achieve colors that are otherwise impossible (dozens of holographic options, mirror-like metallics, satin metallics, etc.)

FLAT (DIGITAL)

 

Flat, or digital printing, is our most economical print method and makes a great accompaniment to letterpress and foil. It offers a full range of color coverage on a variety of papers, including our house paper Crane’s Lettra, vellum, and colored papers such as Mohawk Keaykolour. We can also color match to almost any pantone color in case you want to coordinate colors with some letterpress pieces.

• Our most economical process.

• Excellent for pieces that include images that require a wide-range of colors, such as photographs or watercolor paintings.

• Can be used for variable data projects such as envelope guest addressing.

SCREENPRINTING

 

Screen Printing is great for posters, large quantities and full color coverage. It’s also a great option for printing on unique substrates, like acrylic, metal, wood and cardboard. It’s a great choice for pieces that are too big to letterpress, foil, or flat print as our max print areas for letterpress is 18 x 24. We do not print on fabric or apparel.

• Excellent for large size projects such as posters or signs.

• Wide range of ink color options including white, metallics, and neon colors.

• Can be used on a wide range of materials and mediums.

EMBOSSING

 

Embossing is our most premium printing process and is perfect for when your project just needs a little extra punch. Embossing uses a die and a counter-die to raise the artwork above the surface of the paper. While its costs are higher than our other processes, the results can’t be argued with. We currently offer both blind and foil embossing.

• The only process we offer which can give you a raised, 3D effect.

• An excellent way to add dimension or texture to your piece.

• Works great with thick, cotton based papers like our house Crane’s Lettra.


FINISHING SERVICES

EDGE GILDING

Edge Foil applies the same foil used for foil stamping to the edges of your paper pieces. In this process a machine is used to sand down each edge of the printed piece and applies the foil using a high heat process.

EDGE PAINTING

Edge Paint is a great addition to business cards, stationery and wedding invitations. This process adds color to the edges of your paper pieces. We can color match edge paint to any pantone, most metallics as well as neons!

DIE-CUTTING

Die-cutting allows pieces to be cut into unique shapes. We have hundreds of shapes in house, circles, squares, stars, hearts, envelope liners, scalloped corners and rounded edges. We also have more custom shapes like the state of California, French Bulldogs, cars, and fruits. Get in touch about creating a custom die for a new shape!

SCORING

Scoring uses custom set metallic scoring plates to create creases wherever you need them. This processes is good for creating folded cards, booklets, belly bands, gate-folds, z-folds, pockets, custom envelopes and boxes.

DUPLEXING

Duplexing is the process of making a paper thicker through a gluing two or more sheets together. We can double, triple, quadruple (and so on) your specific paper, or we can glue papers with different colors or textures together to give you a layered look.

SPECIALIZED ASSEMBLY

Specialized assembly is offered for custom pockets, envelopes, mounted pieces and more. Please get in touch if you have a project that has unique assembly needs– we try to accommodate most requests!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

How long is your turnaround?

Unless otherwise arranged, our standard turnaround is 7-10 business days. We can and do accommodate rush orders for a fee which is determined on a case by case basis. To find out what a rush for your project will cost, email us at info@czarpress.com with the specs of your job, where your order will be shipping to, and when you want it in hand by.


How do I need to supply my files?

All files should be submitted as PDFs.

  • You artwork should be final size; if you want a 5” x 7”, your artboard should be set at 5” x 7”.

  • If your artwork requires a bleed (i.e. if your art has parts that go all the way to the edge of the paper), in your document settings, set the bleed to .125” on each side and extend your artwork to the edge of the bleed line.

  • Your document color mode should be set to CMYK.

  • All fonts in your files should be converted to outlines.

  • All photos in your files must be embedded.

  • The minimum line-width for letterpress and foil is 0.3; for screenprinting it is 0.5. If your lines are thinner than this, they will not properly expose onto the plate or screen. You can measure this in Adobe Illustrator using the pen tool.

  • If your order includes a piece(s) that has more than one print process or ink color, please provide separations for each color / ink process as well as a full color mockup. For example, for a 1-color letterpress + 1-color foil piece, you would provide us with:

    • One file that has only the letterpress artwork

    • One file that has only the foil artwork

    • One file that is a full-color mockup with both the letterpress and foil artwork. This should look like what you want the final piece to look like.

  • When your project includes having a return address printed on an envelope, you need to provide us with a mockup that shows us where on the envelope you would like your address artwork to be placed.

  • For more info on file requirements for envelope addressing, see the answer below for “Can you print on envelopes?”


Can you print on envelopes?

Yes. We can flat print, foil stamp, letterpress, or screen print on envelopes. Guest addressing can only be done with digital as it’s unrealistic to make physical plates or screens for the large number of names that most events require. For digital printing we cannot print on envelopes smaller than A2 size (4.375" x 5.75").


Are envelopes included as a part of my order?

No. Envelopes are a separate item and if you want them with your order you will have to let us know. We can order envelopes in a wide variety of colors, sizes, and flap shapes, so just let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll do our best to find you some that work for your project :)


Do you print proofs?

We print physical proofs as requested. For physical proofs of digital pieces, charges will vary based off the number of pieces you need proofs for, the paper being used, and how quickly you need the proofs. For letterpress, foil, embossing, and screen-printing, proofs are much more expensive to produce as we have to go through all the same steps that we would if we were running a full job, including making plates or screens that make up a large portion of the cost of an order. For this reason we need to charge you enough to cover the costs of the plates / screens used, as well as a charge for labor / setup. If you proceed with the existing artwork, the costs of your plate or screen is rolled into the cost of the full run so you are not charged twice. Any changes that are made to the artwork after receiving a physical proof (Letterpress, Foil, Screenprinting, and Embossing only) will require a new plate(s) to be made which you will need to pay for.

We do not provide digital proofs as we make our prints directly from the art files that you provide us with.


What is a Pantone book and do I need one?

TLDR: You need one.

Pantone is a standardized color matching that printers, manufacturers, and designers across the world use to specify and replicate specific colors without having to be physically in the same place. What this means is that if you have a Pantone book, you can choose a swatch color, and any printer worth their salt in the entire world should be able to match to it. This is how our greeting card clients are able to pick a color for the card and we are able to reproduce that same color for years after the original run without needing a sample to refer to.

There are a wide variety of Pantone color systems each with their own applications and books. The book that we use here at Czar Press is the Formula Guide Solid Uncoated. Anyone who is serious about their career as a designer or stationer should own one. It is the best way to get consistent and accurate colors for your projects. Plus they’re just so fun to look at :)


Why does my ink color look different on the actual card from how it looks on my screen?

Physical colors that exist in the real world are not the same as colors we see on our screens and devices. To make matters even more complicated, the colors you see on your computer screen are different than the colors I see on my computer screen, and those are different from the colors we both see on our phones. This is why designers around the world turn to the Pantone Matching System (See Above) when they want their printer to be able to match a specific color with perfect precision.

TLDR: DON’T TRUST YOUR SCREENS!


Do I need to pay a deposit before my order will be processed?

Nope! We don’t require deposits, but we do ask that first time customers pay for their orders before we ship them out.


THE TEAM

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MICHAEL “CZAR” SCHWARTZ

Mike is a man of action and determination. Once he has his mind set on doing something, it’s usually not long until he makes it happen. It was this same blend of gut-feeling impulsivity and willpower that led him to start letterpressing stationery in his garage on a whim in 2007. As Mike’s love for letterpress grew, so too did the business. Although Mike moved the company out of his garage, he made sure to take his “can do” attitude and grit with him along the way. Today Czar Press consists of 10 employees, 11 presses, 2 trimmers, and thousands of cups of coffee (most of which were poured by the man himself).

Mike is a New York native and lifelong disappointed Knicks fan. While he’s not taking care of business on the shop floor, Mike enjoys spending quality time with his wife Rachelle and their two daughters. He’s also a force to be reckoned with in the kitchen and has been dubbed by some as “The Male Martha”. Those who know him best will tell you that his letterpress skills are rivaled only by his Nachos.

Pantone: 321U

Font: Futura Extra Bold

Paper: Sirio Ultra Black

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DANIEL   Daniel has lived in California for over 10 years, but originally hails from Nashville, Tennessee. In his spare time, you can find him drumming for his band Able Body. He spent 5 years letterpressing in LA, and has been our trusty printer since moving to Orange County in 2018.    Pantone: Process Black  Font: Helvetica  Paper: Savoy Brilliant White

DANIEL

Daniel has lived in California for over 10 years, but originally hails from Nashville, Tennessee. In his spare time, you can find him drumming for his band Able Body. He spent 5 years letterpressing in LA, and has been our trusty printer since moving to Orange County in 2018.

Pantone: Process Black

Font: Helvetica

Paper: Savoy Brilliant White

ANNIE   Annie was born and bred in Southern California. She has a BA in Media Studies from University of Redlands (Go Dogs!) and a professional background in marketing and print. She loves Shrek, French bulldogs and Ina Garten. You can also find her designing wedding invites at  gingerlydesignco.com .    Pantone: PMS 919U  Font: Papyrus  Paper: GMUND Mat 59

ANNIE

Annie was born and bred in Southern California. She has a BA in Media Studies from University of Redlands (Go Dogs!) and a professional background in marketing and print. She loves Shrek, French bulldogs and Ina Garten. You can also find her designing wedding invites at gingerlydesignco.com.

Pantone: PMS 919U

Font: Papyrus

Paper: GMUND Mat 59

GREG   Originally from San Jose, California, Greg has wholeheartedly embraced the idyllic Newport Beach lifestyle. Greg studied Marketing at CSU Fullerton and is extremely passionate about Photography and Hockey. When he’s not running our digital presses, he can be found on a scenic vista with camera in hand or on a plane on his way to his next adventure.    Pantone: PMS 7500  Font: American Typewriter  Paper: Chipboard

GREG

Originally from San Jose, California, Greg has wholeheartedly embraced the idyllic Newport Beach lifestyle. Greg studied Marketing at CSU Fullerton and is extremely passionate about Photography and Hockey. When he’s not running our digital presses, he can be found on a scenic vista with camera in hand or on a plane on his way to his next adventure.

Pantone: PMS 7500

Font: American Typewriter

Paper: Chipboard

 
KATIE   Katie grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and spend 6 years living in Brighton, UK. Now happily settled in Orange County, she loves to go on hikes or to the beach with her husband Matt, daughter Quinn and Boston Terrier Moxie. She has a BFA and an MFK from UMBC and a professional background in print design.    Pantone: Process black  Font: Brandon Grotesque  Paper: GMUND Electric Blood

KATIE

Katie grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and spend 6 years living in Brighton, UK. Now happily settled in Orange County, she loves to go on hikes or to the beach with her husband Matt, daughter Quinn and Boston Terrier Moxie. She has a BFA and an MFK from UMBC and a professional background in print design.

Pantone: Process black

Font: Brandon Grotesque

Paper: GMUND Electric Blood

CAMERON   Cameron was born and raised in the wine country of Sonoma, California. He studied Design at UC Davis and has worked as both an in-house and freelance Graphic Designer. He has a passion for anything related to basketball, hand-lettering, and video games.    Pantone: PMS 2383U  Font: Akzidenz-Grotesk  Paper: Gmund Bier Papier Pils

CAMERON

Cameron was born and raised in the wine country of Sonoma, California. He studied Design at UC Davis and has worked as both an in-house and freelance Graphic Designer. He has a passion for anything related to basketball, hand-lettering, and video games.

Pantone: PMS 2383U

Font: Akzidenz-Grotesk

Paper: Gmund Bier Papier Pils

BRIANNA   Brianna comes to us from the great city of Seattle, Washington. She earned a BFA in Interdisciplinary Studio Art from Biola University in 2018, and has a background in letterpress and printmaking. She loves to rock climb, visit museums, and you’ll never guess what else!   Pantone: PMS 107U  Font: Dapifer  Paper: Paper Presentation Papaya

BRIANNA

Brianna comes to us from the great city of Seattle, Washington. She earned a BFA in Interdisciplinary Studio Art from Biola University in 2018, and has a background in letterpress and printmaking. She loves to rock climb, visit museums, and you’ll never guess what else!

Pantone: PMS 107U

Font: Dapifer

Paper: Paper Presentation Papaya

GERRY   Hailing from Puebla, Mexico, Gerry is a man of many hats, both literally and figuratively. He can do a little of just about everything in the shop. On a typical day he can be found edge-foiling, edge-painting, duplexing, screen printing, or die-cutting, all while moonlighting as a pianist.    Pantone: PMS 2746U  Font: Regina Black  Paper: Mohawk Keaykolour Chili Pepper

GERRY

Hailing from Puebla, Mexico, Gerry is a man of many hats, both literally and figuratively. He can do a little of just about everything in the shop. On a typical day he can be found edge-foiling, edge-painting, duplexing, screen printing, or die-cutting, all while moonlighting as a pianist.

Pantone: PMS 2746U

Font: Regina Black

Paper: Mohawk Keaykolour Chili Pepper

JUAN   All the way from Mexico City, Mexico, Juan is our master of foil. Juan is a wizard when it comes to locking down tough registration and getting that beautiful, crisp foil coverage that our clients have come to expect from us. Outside of the shop he enjoys running and going to the gym.    Pantone: PMS 135U  Font: Calafia  Paper: Gmund Bier Papier Ale

JUAN

All the way from Mexico City, Mexico, Juan is our master of foil. Juan is a wizard when it comes to locking down tough registration and getting that beautiful, crisp foil coverage that our clients have come to expect from us. Outside of the shop he enjoys running and going to the gym.

Pantone: PMS 135U

Font: Calafia

Paper: Gmund Bier Papier Ale

RON   Ron is an Orange County native, but he is a man of many places and trades. Ron has a wealth of knowledge on just about everything. When he’s not letterpressing away with the fastest hands in the west, Ron enjoys the great outdoors and playing his Martin guitar.    Pantone: No Pantones for Ron; he’s a blind letterpress sort of guy.  Font: Hobeaux  Paper: 220# FL White Lettra

RON

Ron is an Orange County native, but he is a man of many places and trades. Ron has a wealth of knowledge on just about everything. When he’s not letterpressing away with the fastest hands in the west, Ron enjoys the great outdoors and playing his Martin guitar.

Pantone: No Pantones for Ron; he’s a blind letterpress sort of guy.

Font: Hobeaux

Paper: 220# FL White Lettra

TESTIMONIALS

Amy Hood - Hoodzpah Design Co.

“I've been printing with Czar for over 5 years now. They are stellar at what they do and they really invest in their community. Whether it's helping me meet a rush deadline or hosting a shop tour for local designers or students, the Czar team go above and beyond in every way.”

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Carey Lowe - The Idea Emporium

“I LOVE Czar Press!  They are so flexible in working with my oddball sizes, unusual materials, strange print method requests, and of course, insane turn around times.  Their flexibility and willingness to try new things has allowed my business to expand into uncharted waters. So thankful to have found such a diverse print house!”

 

Lillian Fortino - Concept Fourteen

“Czar Press was a godsend as I was preparing to launch my own stationery and paper accessories brand. I had spent months in frustration looking for a printer that could deliver quality at the price point I needed to go in business, and I was beginning to think one didn't exist! When my first card arrived at my doorstep I couldn't have been happier. They are responsive, friendly, and real print artists.”

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Megan Heddinger - Wilde House Paper

“Michael and his team are our go-to for all of our specialty printing needs. Their work truly is hand-crafted and always turns out beautiful.”

REQUEST A QUOTE

One of the most common questions we get is, “How much does it cost for letterpress / foil stamping / screen printing etc.” The truth is that every job is unique and comes with its own considerations. Prices can vary widely depending on paper, quantity, size, print process, and number of ink / foil colors.

If you have a project that you would like to get an estimate on, an order that is ready to submit, or even just a few questions for us, fill out this form or shoot us an email at info@czarpress.com and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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CONTACT US

Not ready to place an order just yet? Still unsure of what paper and print process you want to go with? Come by and have a coffee on us! We’ve got all the samples, paper swatches, and pantone books that your heart desires and we’d be more than happy to help you iron out the details and get the ball rolling.

CZAR PRESS

17891 SKY PARK CIRCLE, SUITE A
IRVINE, CA, 92614

PHONE: (949) 439-1131

EMAIL: info@czarpress.com

HOURS:

9:00am - 5:00pm Mon - Thurs, PST

9:00am - 2:00pm Friday, PST

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY… unless you bring us treats :)

 
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