Business Hours 8 AM to 5 PM Monday -
Your Print Job
asking for a quote on your project, there
are many questions we may ask. We will
try to make you aware of some
of them here.
How many printed pieces do you
helps us determine costs. The more you
print the cheaper it becomes due to set
up and material costs.
Size: What will be the trimmed size of
the finished product?
the finished product be mailed in another
envelope, such as a business size
envelope? Will the product be folded
tri-fold, etc.). Will the printed piece
bleed off the edge of the paper (color
extends to edges of paper). If doing
postcards, the postal
service has rules about size and weight
not to mention text placement.
Type: What type of paper will you use for
are many types and colors of paper as
well as weights and textures. Most color
jobs are recommended to run on
white paper as color tends to "Pop" when
printed on white. Will you require gloss
(coated) or text (uncoated) paper.
Gloss paper certainly makes color more
shiny and gives the appearance of
richness. It is also more expensive.
Uncoated papers many times will be all
that is needed depending on the product
or audience. Color paper sometimes is
used for copy jobs that require eye
catching colors that stand out from the
crowd. Normally color paper will have
so keep this in mind when picking out
dark colored paper. Weights of paper
range from common copy paper 20# to 24#
which is fine for everyday use. Heavier
weights from 60# to 80# text paper will
generally not bleed through. This means
job is to be printed on both sides it
will not show through. Cover weight
papers are used on poster jobs or outside
booklets, reports and postcards.
Many Colors: One color to four color or
somewhere in between?
how many colors are used helps in
determining the cost. Color costs more
but is more eye catching.
and Graphics: Will there be photos or
will need to know if these will be
supplied or we will have to scan them and
place them. If you supply the graphics or
pictures please place them on disk in a
format that is compatible. TIFF or EPS
formats are best but we will accept JPEG
images. Be aware the JPEG will sometimes
show blockiness on the edges of color
transitions such as sky and trees or
buildings. This is due to the file
compression used for JPEG. Also important
is resolution of the files sent. For
300 DPI is usually the minimum acceptable
for print quality. If you are not sure,
ask and we will check them for
Will we be required to design and set
have full design and layout staff
available. We charge an hourly rate and
we will quote this before starting. We
found that it can be more cost effective
if you allow us to do the set up. We use
the latest software created specifically
for design and layout. This takes the
burden and frustration of using your time
to try and make it look right then
when we check it we must make changes or
redo the layout again.
Have you included all printer and screen
are supplying the job to us on disk we
will need all the printer and screen
fonts you used to create the piece.
Your best bet is to use common fonts to
create the job such as Helvetica, Arial,
Times, Garamond. This will allow us to
substitute our known good fonts if the
ones you supply are corrupt. Believe me
this happens more than you
When will you need the finished product?
giving us a date the piece is needed we
can check with production to see if we
can meet your deadline. Please try to
give us a reasonable timeframe to work
with. A job that you need tomorrow may be
impossible to complete due to the
many factors involved in the printing
process such as having the paper in
stock, other jobs ahead of yours,
or files that require more work to make
them press ready. We will always do our
best to complete your project in time.
Please realize if you need it tomorrow we
may need to charge extra to meet your
Software We Use
a Apple Macintosh based business using G4
and G5 computers. This does not mean we
don't accept PC files.
Most PC files will translate to the Mac
environment. At worst a PC file may have
to be converted to a TIFF or EPS format
or even PDF. Word documents may possibly
print or they may have to be reformatted
to one of our applications to print
properly. We do not accept Microsoft
Publisher files unless the customer can
convert the files to EPS, TIFF or PDF
Additional costs may be involved for
setup if the files cannot be printed
directly from the application it was set
We use Adobe Illustrator CS3, Adobe
Photoshop CS3, Adobe InDesignCS3, Adobe
Pagemaker 7, Macromedia Freehand 10,
Quark XPress 6,
Microsoft Word and many others. For our
packaging customers we use ArtPro which
is a very powerful editing and trapping
It also has built in step and repeat for
our customers that require their layouts
ready for plate.
Hours of Operation
business hours are:
Monday thru Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00
Color Printing is centrally located in
the heart of Chester. Please use this
link for a locator
of Chester, the county seat of Randolph
County, is a river town in the proudest
sense of the word. The Mighty
Mississippi has played an important part
in its history.
Early Chester's chief commodity was
castor oil which was used as a lubricant.
Shipments were made to St. Louis, New
Orleans, and as far away as England. In
1830, the settlement increased and along
the river front were an iron foundry,
machine shop and several large stores.
The old wood-burning steamboats did a
brisk business at Chester.
In 1837, Nathan Cole began operating a
small sawmill with a corn-grinding
attachment. A few years later he
enterprise into a flour mill which became
the Cole Milling Company, now Con Agra.
The Cole Milling Company installed
an electric generator using the surplus
power for street lights. Thus, Chester
was one of the first towns to have
lights, even before Chicago. The
generator used is now in the Ford Museum
at Dearborn, Michigan.
Chester was a favorite stopping place for
the river men and boat passengers.
Charles Dickens and his wife stayed here
on April 11, 1842. Mark Twain was a pilot
on the Mississippi from 1857 to the Civil
War and supposedly on several
occasions stopped at Chester at the Cliff
House, which was a fine river hostelry.
Illinois State Penitentiary at Menard had
its beginning during the Civil War when
it was a repository for Confederate
being taken to the Federal Prison in
Alton. The original brick building is
still standing inside the yards of the
For more information about Chester and
its rich history, please use this
annual celebration and picnic of the ever
popular Popeye the Sailor began in 1979.
Since that time it has become not
only a local celebration but an
international one. Many people from all
over the world come to celebrate their
hero Popeye. The
picnic is always the second weekend in
Popeye the Sailor is a famous comic strip
character, later featured in popular
animated cartoons. He was created by
Elzie Crisler Segar,
who grew up in Chester, and first
appeared in the King Features comic strip
Thimble Theatre on January 17, 1929.
Popeye was inspired from Frank "Rocky"
Fiegle, a man who was handy with his
fists during Segar's youth in Chester,
It was said Segar sent Fiegle checks in
the 1930s. Fiegle died in 1948 at age 79.
Popeye first appeared on January 17, 1929
as a minor character in Segar's newspaper
cartoon strip Thimble Theatre, which had
running since 1919 with protagonists
Olive Oyl, her brother Castor Oyl, and
her boyfriend, Ham Gravy. The Popeye
so popular that he was given a larger
role. Olive eventually left Ham Gravy to
become Popeye's girlfriend, although she
a fickle attitude towards the sailor.
To learn more of Popeye and friends and
the annual picnic celebration, please use