Meet Our Pennsylvania Color Guys

It’s funny but people here at Precision Images are so modest. No one wants to be singled out to talk about all the great work everyone does here at Precision Images, as a team and individually, and how truly passionate they are about their work. Our production staff are some of the most meticulous and exacting professionals out there. They are forever scrutinizing each order to make sure what leaves through our doors is the very best.

Our color department is a perfect example of that. Jim, Jason, and Tim produce every single sign, wall or window covering. Every color sticker and vinyl we make goes through their hands. Like a great trio of musicians, their work appears seamless and their output astonishing, and in the exact same way, their expertise comes from years of devotion to the craft. (It’s probably no accident a photo of 1970s Rush stands atop their beloved fridge.)

Talk with them in their department, they will gush on with passion about the machines we have and the projects they work on, ask them to answer a few questions about themselves and they all turn silent. But even in their brief answers, I learned a lot about them, for one, they are all from or have lived in Pennsylvania. How weird is that? All three of them!!! Let’s find out more…

 

A FEW IDENTIFYING QUESTIONS

First from Jim (mister talk to the hand!). His sarcasm is a thing of beauty, and he makes pulling into the parking lot every morning a moment of joy because he’s always driving a different hot rod or other cool car to work.

  • How long have you worked at PI and what is your role? 18 years, Graphic Technician
  • Have you worked in other departments before? Nope!
  • What is the color department? A safe spot for crayons.
  • Favorite lunch? Calzone
  • What machine do you like best? Our mini fridge, it supplies sustenance.

Next is Jason W.  who sometimes brings one of his two adorable dogs Unagi and Leaf to work and sports a large Einstürzende Neubauten tattoo.

  • How long have you worked at PI? I’ve been working at PI since June of 2008.
  • What is the color department? A collection of three grumpy (but hardworking) ne’er do wells from Pennsylvania.
  • What are your favorite kinds of jobs? My favorite kinds of jobs are generally from artists and photographers since I come from that background as well. 

And then the department’s most recent edition Tim, (who moved from the “Large Docs” department, and his desk shifted 50 feet to the right). Is a musician and a giant Iron Maiden fan.

  • How long have you worked at PI? 12 and half years give or take.
  • Have you worked in other departments before? I started in Large Docs but I’ve pretty much done it all.
  • What is the color department? 3 surly shit-talking dudes from PA.
  • What machine do you like best? The Agfa (flatbed printer) but it’s way too loud.
  • Favorite lunch? TACOS!
  • Favorite thing about PI?  BBQ days.  I get paid to cook everyone food.

 

So, what’s the best part of working here?

Tim: Hanging out with Jim and Jason, and BBQ days.  I get paid to cook everyone food.

Jim: This is by far the best job I’ve had. The people and atmosphere can’t be beat! All days are good, well except for when the social media department asks questions. Or when a piece of equipment fails.

Jason: Considering I’ve been at this job longer than any other, I’d say it’s the best job and best group of people I’ve worked for and with.

What amazes you about the projects here?

Jason: The technology continually amazes me.  When I first started in commercial printing 20 years ago, I generally only used large-format inkjets.  Since then, there’s been an explosion of different types of machines like our Oce Colorado and Agfa Anapurna, which can print on many different types of media and be used in many different applications.

You’ve got that amazing cityscape mural on your wall, any other wishes for your walls??

Jim: Massive Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon Graphic.

Tim: 2x life-size animatronic Eddie, please. Up the Irons!

Thank you fellas for your time!

Since we have this bizarre connection to Pennsylvania with all three of them, let’s round out this fun little interview with 5 fun facts about Pennsylvania:

  1. Pennsylvania is the home of Hershey Chocolate, with its own namesake town, Hershey PA.
  2. There’s been a coal mine burning underground in Centralia, Pennsylvania for over 50 years.
  3. The state has the highest concentration of Amish of any state.
  4. Pennsylvania is home to so many firsts: hospital, zoo, escalators, stock exchange, theatre, covered bridge, pretzel factory, oil well, roller coaster, newspaper, steam engine, library, U.S. Capitol Building, and so many more!
  5. Gravity Hill is a place in Bedford County that allows you to roll up a hill when your vehicle is in neutral.
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Help Carleton Hart Get Books To Kids & Change Lives

Carleton Hart Architecture is celebrating their 25 year anniversary (Congratulations!) with a Children’s Book Bank Drive. It is such a kind act on their part that we had to share it. The book drive is going on now through the end of December. The Children’s Book Bank has collected and distributed books to over 78,000 children in need since 2008, and Carleton Hart is hoping to do their part in collecting books for future young people, but they need your help.

The Children’s Book Bank

Since 2008, The Children’s Book Bank has filled homes and lives of 78,100 children with 869,900 books! Learn more at www.childrensbookbank.org

 

BOOKS SOUGHT

The Children’s Book Bank seeks gently used or new books appropriate for babies, toddlers, and early elementary students through grade three. Culturally relevant and Spanish books are greatly needed.

 

SUPPORT DIVERSITY

Children’s Book Bank loves books with diverse representation, so that every child can have the affirming and validating experience of seeing themselves reflected in the stories they read.

Here’s a list of recommended titles.

 

Please NOTE: Please no musty or damaged books, magazines, coloring books, encyclopedias, textbooks, ex-school library books, school sets, books for high school students and adults.

 

SERVICE DAY

CHA Staff are excited for our volunteer day in January when we will visit The Children’s Book Bank to clean and prepare donated books!

 

THANK YOU!

Already donated? Thank you so much for your support!
Want to donate? You can drop off books at our office or with CHA staff.

CARLETON HART ARCHITECTURE PC

Celebrating 25 years of inspiring community through design.

830 sw 10th ave #200, portland, or 97205

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Holiday Hours 2019 edition

Holiday Hours for 2019

It’s that time of year again, the time when Jack Frost is nipping at our nose, Rudolph is leading Santa’s sleigh, and Baby, it’s cold outside. You’re probably wondering about our hours of operation this holiday season, and so here’s that info:

 

November 28th, Thanksgiving – We are CLOSED.

November 29th — We are CLOSED, or by appointment only (Please make appointment before 11/27/19).

December 24th, Christmas Eve – Open 8am – 5pm.

December 25th, Christmas Day – We are CLOSED.

December 26th — Open 8am – 5pm.

December 30th — Open 8am – 5pm.

December 31, New Year’s Eve — Open 8am – 5pm.

January 1, New Year’s Day 2020 — We are CLOSED.

 

Thank you for checking our hours, and for giving us your business. We appreciate you so much!

 

May your holidays be merry & bright,

All of us at Precision Images

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4th Quarter Special! O% Interest on ALL Canon imagePROGRAF Large Format Printers

About Canon image PROGRAF PRO Series:

In a world saturated with technology, there remains a desire to have and to hold quality artwork. As a professional, your vision doesn’t just stop with your camera, your laptop, or your Facebook business account. You need to put your art into the hands of those who want to take a piece of your talent home with them, and at the end of the day, image quality is one thing that helps define the reputation of the professional photographer, artist or designer.
The Canon imagePROGRAF Pro series was designed with the professional in mind. With Canon’s new ink and print-head technology, you can consistently print detailed, high-quality images with rich, vibrant colors. No more outsourcing prints. Now you have complete control over your image color quality, and print flexibility so that you can make prints on-demand on a large selection of papers with various finishes.

What about 0%?

For a limited time, Canon Financing is offering 0% interest for 12, 24 and 36 months on all their Canon imagePROGRAF large format printers. With Canon’s 0% interest offer, now is the best time for you to take your professional career to the next level. Precision Images is a licensed dealer of Canon printers, call us to start the process of starting 2020 with a brand new printer!
Call us at 503-274-2030 to say you want to take advantage of this special offer and giant savings!
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What’s the difference between CMYK and RGB colors?

The difference is simple, RGB is for use on screens and the web, while CMYK is for all print media. Whenever you submit files for Precision Images, we always use CMYK.

If you want to know more about CMYK (Cyan Magenta Yellow Key) check out this great video we found from the Australian company, Express Prints. https://youtu.be/9hirYMZ7PQc

CMYK was first put to use in 1906, it is considered a “subtractive color model”. The subtractive color model means the four colors are mixed, in a halftone manner, to create a wide color spectrum with accuracy. The four colors are cyan, magenta, yellow and black – considered the “Key” color and the K of CMYK.

Fun Fact: Black is called “key” because it the main print color, as in black & white printing. K is also the last letter of black.

With subtractive color, the four colors are mixed to be printed on white typically.

CMYK replaced the earlier system of RYBK, which was invented by German engraver Jacob Christoph LeBlon in the 1700s.

 

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Meet Paul, Our Customer Service Representative

Paul has worn many hats in the decade he has been with Precision Images. Most recently becoming our Customer Service Representative, but let’s give Paul the floor, and he can tell his own story. Take it away Paul….

Please introduce yourself and explain your role at PI. Also, please explain the various roles you have had over your time here.

My name is Paul Sliviak, originally from southern NH and like many I migrated south to get out of freezing weather and all the side effects from it. We moved to Fort Lauderdale and life was fresh and new for a while, this is where I discovered the world of reprographics and was in that field for 6 years. When the Florida sun became too much to bare, apparently 7 years was the number for my wife and I, we decided to move to the west coast. This was heavily researched cause we wanted to settle down somewhere and stick around for a long time, we wanted to purchase a home as soon as possible. I found myself gravitating towards Portland, loved the strong points of this city, very green, clean, snowy mountain and the coast super close. You know, all the normal attractions, but above anything else it was different and offered a unique feel and lifestyle compared to any other city I’ve checked out. My wife and I packed up our two cars and hit the road, never stepping foot in Oregon before we drove 5 days across the country to get here. We have never regretted our move for a minute, well maybe at the end of Feb when the clouds will not go away, but its been 12 years and we’re not going anywhere!

How did you come to work here? How long have you worked here?

After spending the first year in Portland working back in electronics, a field I started in back when I was 15, I was realizing it was not a good fit so I looked back into reprographics, it was challenging and fun. I checked out all reprographic companies in Portland and Precision Images really stuck out for me, they were not hiring at the time but I emailed Phil Guzie directly and asked for an interview and thankfully he saw me the same day and it went very well. I was hired shortly after that and started in the document control department of the company which was very busy and alive at the time! After a couple years I was offered a branch manager position at one of our largest client in-house Precision Images offices, Ankrom Moisan Architects. There I was face to face with Ankrom, helping them and printing for them on a daily basis. 7 years later we decided it was not a good fit to stay in that location due to lack of use for hard copy prints, the field as a whole is going more electronic. So I moved back to our main office where I accepted a customer service role. This has been a nice and welcoming change! At this point is has been over 10 years I’ve been working for Precision Images.

Can you explain what might happen in a day at PI for you?

During my day at PI, it can be very different, taking calls for quotes, proofs, general questions or concerns about prints, timing, and options for prints. I also help out in any department where they need me which is a nice change and keeps everyday a little different which I prefer.

How do you feel about the future of printing?

We are offering many products and services that is in high demand today, as well as the future. We will still and always offer architectural services by means of blueprint drawings and specifications, but we offer so much more like color banners, posters, adhesive prints, removable wall prints, window mech, we can print amazing photos even on glass and many other substrates, also work with a CNC machine which it capable of carving, cutting, and much more. We are very capable for signage and high end graphic prints! We are also in the cutting edge for how you place orders with us, and how we can see in real time what every department is doing at any given time, this has been a huge upgrade and has just made us more efficient, these are a few of many that make me proud to be here!

What are you doing when you’re not here?

When I’m not at work I concentrate on my hobbies, too many in fact, but the ones that will not go away and can’t get enough of is cycling, running, woodworking, everything VW Bus and camping. Much of my day is thinking about these activities which I love and will always be a big part of my life. My life though is only complete because of my wife, who I’ve been with for 18 years and has been my rock and backbone through everything, I owe her more than I can repay, she is the coolest, most respectful and beautiful person I’ve ever met and the one who keeps everything going!

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Picking up or dropping off? Meet Amanda in our Friendly Front Office

Amanda is serious about excellent service, and her red stapler!

As mentioned in previous posts, many employees here at Precision Images are family, but all of us here are family too — The Precision Images Family! In fact, most of the staff has worked here 10 years or more, (unheard of these days). While many companies are struggling to find and keep staff, Precision Images has cultivated an environment of trust, kindness and support that has people waiting for a position to open up here!

As a testament to that, it’s time to meet the other half of our delightfully fun and cheerful front office staff, Amanda G! Amanda is the other cheerful voice answering the phone, and she and Mary Justice are the wonderful ladies who greet you when you walk in the door. Always happy to help, very capable, and extremely knowledgeable, that describes Amanda perfectly. Her office partner Mary, also says Amanda has a wicked sense of humor! And, she would know, as they have shared front office duties for 15 years!

And now, hhhheeerrreee’s Amanda….

Please introduce yourself and explain your role at PI.
I’m Amanda. I’m a customer service representative.

How did you come to work here? How long have you worked here?
I’ve been here for 15 years.

Can you explain what might happen in a day at PI for you?
I answer phones, assist customers that come in to pick up orders or drop them off. I also do billing and any other random tasks that need to be done.

Favorite thing about working at PI?
I’ve got a great boss, coworkers, and regular customers.

Favorite memory of your time here?
I think my favorite memories have really been getting to know my coworkers and being able to enjoy spending time with them outside of work.

Tell us more about you — Favorite food? Favorite band or music? Favorite movie? Favorite book?
My favorite band is a tossup between Tool and The Beatles, two very different bands but they both are just amazing.

My favorite movie is ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’.

My favorite book is ‘Hollywood’ by Charles Bukowski.

Favorite food, Mac & Cheese…all day!

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Submitting Files Guidebook – Downloadable Guide

Are you new to having your work printed in the physical world, a new designer, or just a new Precision Images client? Then, this guide is for you!

Precision Images wants to help you have a great experience with us, so we created this handy guide book. We usually give it out to architecture students when they come for a tour, but recently we decided that many of our clients could benefit from access to this information.

Inside this publication you’ll find out about:

  • Options to build files; 
  • Bleeds and trim; 
  • Common sizes of printed material such as brochures and postcards;
  • File recommendations for most print jobs;
  • Fonts for print plus links and images;
  • And, the most common file mistakes and how to fix them.

We are hopeful that with the useful information inside this little booklet that submitting files for jobs will be easy and pain free for you, and allow us to quickly serve your needs. Please take time to read through it, download it, or even print it and hold onto it for a handy reference.

Click here to read and/or download our ‘How To Build A File For Successful Printing’ guidebook.

 

To submit a print job to us, go here: https://preciseportal2.precisionimages.com

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The New Portal Is Here!

On May 13th, 2019 Precision Images launched a new “Send Us Files” portal. The new portal is just as easy to use, but offers users beneficial new options and abilities.

We do have a handy User Guide, click on the links below for answers or download the whole thing for reference.

Enjoy this handy user guide, it should answer any questions you have. Of course, you can always contact us if you get stuck or have a question. We are available at 503-274-2030.

 Getting Started For Existing Users

 Getting Started For New Users

 Setting Up A New Profile

 Creating A New Order

Changing An Order

 Creating Pick-up and Delivery Options

Handy download version of this guide (PDF)

 

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MEET THE STAFF: Justice prevails at Precision Images!

Meet Teresa and Mary Justice…

Aside from our family atmosphere, there is plenty of real family working side by side here at Precision Images, Father/Daughter, Mother/Son, Brother/Sister, Husband/Wife. Today, we are celebrating a Most Dynamic Duo, The Justice Sisters! Teresa and Mary!

They’ve been part of the Precision Images team for 25 and 23 years! Teresa is our controller, her face lights up at the thought of creating new excel spread sheets and while discussing excel’s formula functions (I’ve never seen anything like it!). Mary is our customer service receptionist, she may have the brightest smile ever seen on planet earth! While they are very different, they are both absolutely amazing humans, and dedicated Precision Images staff!

Please introduce yourself and explain your role at PI.

Teresa dancing with her father, who was a professional Irish folk dancer.

Teresa: My name is Teresa, and I’m the Controller/Office Manager; I’m in charge of General Ledger accounting, payroll, human resources/employee benefits, etc.

Mary as a kid.

Mary: My name is Mary, and I am a receptionist, and customer service for the front lobby.

 

How did you come to work here? How long have you worked here?

Teresa: I came to PI via a financial/accounting staffing firm, that was 25 years ago this July.

Mary: I have worked here about 23 years. My sister TJ is the office manager and she needed some help with some office tasks, so I started there. It became quickly apparent that I was way better talking on the phone then working in accounting!

 

 

Can you explain what might happen in a day at PI for you?

Teresa makes a friend in Belgium.

Teresa: I always start the day with banking, then depending on the calendar I process payroll, prepare the general ledger & financials, complete sales and payroll tax returns, manage equipment/vehicle leases, and do any human resources/employee benefits related tasks including assisting employees with benefit and payroll related inquiries.

Mary: Mostly answering phones and helping people who come in needing printing services. I answer employee questions regarding the time clock, simple HR inquiries, and important ones, like “why is the candy bowl empty?”

 

Mary taking in the sites.

Favorite thing about working at PI?  

Teresa: I love the people!  I also enjoy the variety of my job.

Mary: I love answering the phone and talking to people! Our customers are great, and our employees are awesome. A lot of us have been here so long, we’re like family.

 

Favorite memory of your time here?

Teresa: I was placed by the staffing agency for a trial period of 3 months and had been working for only a couple weeks when management told me my trial period was over and I was permanent, no need to wait 90 days until I was “official”, so it turned out to be a good match!

Mary: I laugh a lot here. For years a woman named Jackie worked here and we became fast friends. We would make each other laugh so hard, it could be heard all over the building.  Now my partner in crime at the front desk is Amanda, who also makes me laugh every day, and thankfully she’s young and smart, so that’s a good thing for me!

 

How does it feel to work in the printing industry, and how has the industry changed over the years?

Mary & Jackie at a PI wedding.

Teresa: I like seeing the changes over the years i.e. moving from blueprints and paper to digital and all the cool new equipment we use!

Mary: The industry has changed so much from when I started. We’ve gone from just blueprints to banners, portfolios, and even wallpaper, it’s amazing.

 

How do you feel about the future of printing?

Teresa: I like seeing the changes over the years i.e. moving from blueprints and paper to digital and all the cool new equipment we use!

Mary: Here at Precision, with Phil and Suzi at the helm, I’m confident the future of printing will flourish.

 

Tell us more about you, favorite food, music, book, etc.?

Teresa creating Gamelan percussion.

Teresa: I play in a Gamelan orchestra which is the classical music from the islands of Java and Bali

Mary: Favorite food: Mexican or pasta anything.

Favorite music: I’m a huge PINK fan, also love Tom Petty, and oldies like Gladys Knight, and Earth, Wind and Fire.

Favorite movie: Anything with Melissa McCarthy!

Favorite Book: I read A LOT. Hard to pick a favorite, but I love a good crime thriller and occasionally something funny.

 

Posted by Amy Stocky in About Precision