Did you know that carbonless paper ages? If you've ever used a carbonless form that doesn't print very dark on the second or third sheets, the problem is most likely caused by old paper that contains dried-out micro ink capsules. There are "deals" out there to buy the old carbonless paper which helps competitors' lower input costs and therefore be the cheapest supplier. But that's exactly what you get…cheap.
At Advantage, we only purchase fresh carbonless paper!
Carbonless Form Production and Design Tips:
- Give yourself 1/2" of white space at the top of any carbonless form. Occasionally, the padding compound that is used to bond the multiple parts will bleed down from the padding edge and cause the top 1/8" of the paper to wrinkle slightly. White space makes it very hard to notice the wrinkling.
- Just because carbonless forms are practical doesn't mean they have to be boring. Experiment with bold graphics to add pizzazz to your next project. In addition, two colors of ink can make a dramatic improvement in the appearance of carbonless forms, most of which are printed in black ink.
- Since many carbonless business forms are saved or filed for record keeping, why not consider designing the form so it includes three-hole drilling on the left side for those who want to archive their forms in three-ring binders?
- Consider shrink-wrapping the finished carbonless forms. They'll look nicer and actually last longer.
For more production and design ideas, visit our Idea Page.
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