Blueline Blog

If you are passionate about paper, then you'll love Blueline, our design blog. It's a window into the world of Domtar paper, the creative process, design trends, printing techniques and the decidedly non-linear journey to producing a finished piece. We'll be keeping it fresh, informative, fun. Please pop in often.

Presenting Cougar® – Luxury Within Reach

Luxury is a state of mind and, often, a state of being. Whether you’re a creative looking to bring your vision to life, a marketer with a desire to make a memorable impact or a printer helping others turn ideas into tangible expressions, we all want our audience to experience true luxury—a deep sense of savoring, enjoying and indulging fully in the moment. When your brand needs to create...

Blueline Magazine Vol. XI – Elevate

“Your mind shines brightest when you enlighten others; your heart, when you encourage others; your soul, when you elevate others; and your life, when you empower others.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo ...

Press Check from A Designer’s Perspective

Designing for Print, by Marina Joyce, provides how-to on all information needed to prepare a work order for print.  Her experience as a graphic designer and print shop owner brings a unique view in designing for print. A section of her book suggests ideas for when to conduct a press check and responsibilities of both the customer and host.  This blog is the second of a three part series and...

Uncoated Paper Myths

There are many uncoated paper myths circling the industry, the important part is knowing what attributes will work to enhance a client’s print design and brand messaging – rather than detract from it.  Knowing how those papers will work with various printing equipment and post-press techniques is just as important.  With so many different offerings, the choice of paper becomes the scapegoat...

3 Tips to Prevent Printing Disasters

There are a number of factors that could lead to printing disasters. Proper planning will help you attain the print quality you expect and will minimize stress.  Here are a few tips to help you prevent them from occurring and focusing on what's important. ...

How Paper Shade Can Impact Your Print Project

When it comes to adding a pop of color to your print projects, paper provides some of the biggest bang for your buck. When the paper shade is considered early in the design process, paper can actually be the “fifth” color in a four-color print project – sort of a bonus color. ...

The Science Behind Testing Paper

This is 1 of a multi-series blog about the science behind testing paper.  We will share some insights to how Domtar Paper Geeks test paper and how it affects your print projects.  ...

What is a Press Check and When to Use it

In the current print edition of our Blueline magazine, we feature an interview with Marina Joyce.  She has written and published a book titled “Designing for Print” , a welcome resource for designers who work on print projects.  The book covers the topic in great detail and with Marina’s permission, we are sharing some of her thoughts on the idea of a press check. This blog is the...