Glass printing services
Turnkey Solutions

Turnkey printing solutions
Ink-Glass.com has developed a full turnkey print solution for companies that want to have full control of the printing process. We provide equipment and materials at competitive prices, along with color control software and techniques for a print platform that will transforms their products into individual works of art.
Project Development

Custom Glass Manufacturing

Our staff has experience in consulting on an ad hoc basis for any step in the planning, design, and production process for projects of any size.

Project & Design Specifications

Image & Graphic Files: Raster Image Files are those taken by a digital camera, a photograph scanned into the computer or any digital artwork created or manipulated with image processing software such as Adobe Photoshop. These files are comprised of individual pixels, each with its own color when arranged in a specific patter, create what our eyes perceives as a coherent images. Resolution is a term used to define the number of pixels in any given image. The higher the resolution of the image, the more pixels it will have, making them smaller and less obvious to the eye. The higher resolution of your image, the more pixels it will have, making them smaller and less obvious to the eye. The higher the resolution of your image, the more it can be enlarged without the loss of image quality. You can increase the quality or clarity, so it is best to begin with the highest resolution available. Vector files are comprised of mathematical data that creates shapes, lines, curves, paths and colors, etc. This type of file does not contain any pixels and is not resolution-specific. Vector files are those generated by software such as Illustrator, they are generally small files but contain a large amount of information. Vector files can be enlarged to any size without loss of quality.

Layout: In order to create greater control color and consistency, you should construct your layout using only one color model; CMYK is preferable. Prepare composition at 100% if possible. If not, work at 50% or 25%. Images and compositions will look better and be more accurate if your enlargement factor is 2 than if your print must be enlarged by a factor of 5.8824. Do not include any 'non-printing' information with the output document. Any special instructions, such as PMS colors or CMYK color data should be prepared on a separate 'non-printing' layer or provided on a color proof. Layouts should be accurate in measurement and proportion especially if it must be enlarged, as any miscalculation is also subject to enlargement. If your vector file composition contains images, they should not be placed directly into the file, but should be linked to it and provided with the composition file. This not only increases the efficiency of preparing the document to print it, it also makes necessary adjustments touch-ups and color corrections faster and easier.

File Preparation: Avoid compressing image files, as with LZW TIF and JPG files. File size reductions are not worth the potential image quality reduction. Special consideration should be made regarding the minimum, maximum and optimal viewing distance from the final piece. In general, raster image files should be no less than 150 pixels per inch at the final size of the print. For longer fixed viewing distances, lower resolutions may be used. 300-600 pixels per inch at final size will provide optimal printing quality. Resolutions above 600 generally do not yield appreciable improvement. Images will print more accurately of definition color if resolutions are whole numbers (150, 200, 260, etc.) and not 53.6372 pixels per inch.

Production Files: Utilize logical file names and directory structures to simplify the data collection process. Include all native files, support files, linked images, graphics, logos, etc. Convert ALL typography to curves or paths. Include all fonts used within the composition in case adjustment must be made to the layout. Raster image files are best submitted in TIF format, but can be accepted in PSD and EPS formats. Vector files will be received in AI format or an editable EPS. Preserve layers if possible for ease of color correction. Composition should be provided with 1/8" bleed and appropriate crop marks. Files may be submitted on CD or DVD.

Print File Specifications:
  1. Images and layouts should be sized at 100% and print ready.
  2. Multiple or tiled images should be submitted as a single composition with a supplied elevation drawing of the entire product as it would be installed.
  3. Rasterized images should be full scale at no less than150 pixels per inch and color corrected in CMYK color space.
  4. Supply color proofs of the artwork containing color data, PMS data, measurements and any additional important design information.
  5. Linked images and fonts must be included and typography should be converted to paths and or outlines.
  6. Provide 1/8″ bleed on all artwork.
  7. Illustrator files with gradients should be rasterized or expanded.
  8. AutoCAD .dwg/.dfx saved as .eps files are not recommended.

green printing

Sustainable Glass for Architectural Designs

Designing with durable, beautiful and sustainable materials is a vital component of our mission at Ink-Glass.com. We focus relentlessly on creating the most beautiful glass suitable for your project and right for our planet's future. Most glass materials are recyclable. Finding smooth and practical pathways for this process is critical to keeping them in the circle of creative utility. We make certain that the glass we supply keeps that circle unbroken. Zero Job Site Waste of glass can be achieved by using Ink-Glass. After studying your design, we make the correct glass recommendation for your project, fabricate it for you and ship it ready for installation. There is no cutting or fabricating on the job site hence there is no job site waste where "live forever" glass ends up in the solid waste stream. On large projects, re-usable shipping containers can be requested for transporting your materials to their destination. This option can help your project meet tougher LEED standards, thus further reducing construction waste.

Sustainable Accountability and Recycle-Ability is important to our mission. ALL of our scrap manufacturing and fabrication materials are recycled. Here is how and why we recycle such materials. Re-Purposing allows all Ink-Glass products, which are 100% recyclable, to be turned into Post-Consumer recycled content when the design environment is again transformed. No need to return obsolete materials to Ink-Glass; just call a local glass recycler for pick up.

Manufacturing waste: We make every attempt to recycle all discarded waste materials used in our manufacturing and fabrication processes. All broken and scrap glass goes directly into our recycle bins to be commercially recycled. There are two types of recycled content as defined by the Federal Trade Commission: Post Consumer and Pre Consumer. Post Consumer materials are obvious, any material that has been recycled after consumer use. In general the consumer is considered the end user of the product. Pre Consumer (or sometimes referred to as Post Industrial, although inaccurately) is material that is otherwise diverted from the solid waste stream after the manufacturing process but before the materials become consumer goods. There are two important distinctions to keep in mind when it comes to Pre Consumer recycled content. First, the use of this material may not be part of the direct manufacturing process; i.e. if waste material from the manufacturing line is automatically diverted back into the manufacturing process, this content is not considered recycled. Second, the manufacturer must substantiate that this material would have otherwise entered into the solid waste stream. Also important to note is that LEED weighs the value of Post Consumer (valued at 100%) and Pre Consumer (valued at 50%) recycled content when calculating the total recycled content of a material. (To learn more about this and how to calculate the LEED value of Ink-Glass for your project, call your local Rep or the factory, and we will be happy to help).