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What is silkscreen printing?
Silkscreen printing is a stenciling technique in which a design is blocked onto a woven mesh fabric that’s placed above a substrata, and ink is rolled (squeegeed) onto the screen so that it comes through the uncovered design areas to print the substrata.
Offset printing is a printing method that puts images made of oil-based ink and water onto an etched metal printing plate, then transfers that ink imagery from printing plate to a rubber blanket set on another cylinder, and from there transferred to the page. It is better for high volume print runs.
Do print shops offer design services?
Yes, print shops almost always offer some design services, although they usually tend to be basic.
What type of printing services do print shops offer?
Print shops offer on-demand and short-run (small volume) printing services, which means they specialize in small to medium-sized simple jobs on a very quick (often same-day) turnaround. Usually those jobs require some level of customization (i.e. letterhead with a specific typeface and logo) or graphic design, but nothing too complex. Print shops specialize in producing logo/branded materials for small businesses, including basic sales and promotional handouts (sell sheets, posters, door hangers).
Types of printing processes
The types of modern printing processes commonly available are digital, offset lithography, flexography and gravure. The digital printing category encompasses inkjet and xerography.
Can a notary public refuse to notarize?
A notary public is required to refuse to notarize in cases where the signer doesn't meet certain qualifications for notarization. This would be the case if the signer isn't physically present for notarization, or if the signer cannot be properly identified. A notary must also refuse to notarize if the document doesn't meet certain qualifications. This would be the case if a document has missing pages or blank spaces that haven't been completed by the signer. A notary can also refuse to sign if there is a suspicion that the document is false or illegal, or if the signer refuses to pay the required fee.
However, a notary public cannot refuse to notarize based on bias regarding the signer’s nationality, religion, race, age, sexual preference, lifestyle, gender, or disabilities.
Can a notary public notarize across state lines?
A notary public is allowed to notarize across state lines. For example, if a document is created in California and the signer travels to New York, the law allows the document to be notarized by a notary operating out of New York. However, while a notary can sign and stamp documents that were created out of state, notaries cannot physically travel outside their state of commission to notarize a document. For example, a notary who has been commissioned in the state of New York is not legally allowed to provide notarization services while visiting California.
What is a notary public bond?
A notary public bond is a surety bond that protects those who are having their documents notarized. This bond is required by some states, and it provides a financial guarantee that protects signers in cases where the notary is guilty of misconduct or fraud. If fraud or misconduct has occurred, a notary public bond with reimburse signers up to the bond's limit. Notary public bonds do not shield the notary, and if the bond pays damages to the signer, the notary will have to reimburse the bonding company for the amount paid.
What is a notary public affidavit?
A notary public affidavit is a sworn or affirmed written and signed statement that has been witnessed by a notary. This is a legally binding document, and if you sign an affidavit that contains false information, you could be charged with perjury. When signing an affidavit, your signature must be witnessed by a notary or a public official who has the authority to administer oaths. A notary public affidavit must be signed and sealed by a notary.
What does it mean to have a document notarized?
Having a document notarized means that the identity of the person providing the signature has been confirmed by an impartial third party. Notarization also confirms that the signature was provided freely and willingly, and without any type of duress. Notarized documents may be identified by the notary's signature and seal.