Here are some envelope descriptions known mostly to those copy professionals who work at copy and print centers and shops.
These envelope printing tips will help you get better results and have less problems;
1) What Type of Envelope; wallet or pocket?
All envelopes are split into either wallets or pockets. Wallets open on the long edge and pockets on the short edge.
2) Envelope Types and Sizes?
The most common standard sizes for envelopes are below:
Business & Correspondence
Widely used for business and personal correspondence. Commercial and Side Seam flap styles are ideal for machine insertion. Wallet flaps provide a large area ideal for imprinting. Square flaps are contemporary, but not recommended for machine insertion.
This style is ideal for annual reports, brochures, sales materials, and more. The open side makes it acceptable for automatic insertion.
Center seam makes this style more durable for mailing heavy-weight materials. These envelopes can not be processed through inserting equipment or run through a laser printer.
This unusual shape attracts attention to contents. Square envelopes are nonstandard and require additional postage to mail.
Deep pointed flap traditionally used for formal announcements and invitations. Not recommended for machine insertion.
Also called A-style, this contemporary design is idea for photographs, greeting cards, small booklets, and promotional pieces. Do not confuse the A-4 size with metric A4 paper, which fits into a DL size Commercial envelope.
3) Envelopes With Windows?
Most envelopes are available with or without a window. Think how you plan to use the envelopes – will you always have an address to show through? If you need both (window and windowless) – printing these at the same time may save on costs.
4) What Kind of Paper?
All too often people do not consider the material that their envelopes are made from. If you’re promoting a premium product or brand, then lightweight envelopes will create the wrong impression. Remember that the envelope is the first thing the recipient will see and feel. By the same token, if you’re printing envelopes as part of a large mailing project then keeping the weight down may be vital – it could save a small fortune in postage costs.
5) Postage Regulations?
Postage regulations may effect size, weight and cost. Please contact your local printer who should be familiar with post office regulations or have your printer speak with your postal carrier company.
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