Have You Tested Your Equipment Recently?

Do you have equipment in your office or at home that you use periodically but not every day? If so, it’s important to take the equipment out of hibernation every once in a while and run some tests. This is even more prevalent now as many businesses are switching to hybrid plans of working from home and only sometimes in the office.

Dusting off printers and copiers and testing them will keep you aware of how much ink and paper you have, what settings you typically use, and will verify that the device is still working properly. If the equipment does need maintenance, running regular tests may help with pinpointing the issue quicker.

Test runs help to make work flow smoother when the time comes to use the equipment. Otherwise it will be a hassle at the moments you need it most.

If you need any of your equipment serviced or have questions about taking your equipment out of hibernation, we are here to help.

Posted by Precision Images in Equipment

Signage Requirements in Schools Increase

Signage requirements are increasing in schools throughout the country in order to safely allow children back on campus during the COVID-19 pandemic. Signage helps to display safety protocols and general navigation for parents, children, and staff.


As you may know, the Department of Education continues to roll out a guidance plan for schools in order for students and staff to continue to function as safely as possible. In the guidance plan for Oregon, there was a requirement for schools to turn in blueprints before the start of the 2020-21 school year, whether they decided to move forward with on-site learning, hybrid learning or distance learning. The blueprints verify that each school has a plan to follow health protocols- including social distancing throughout campus, proper airflow, face masks, etc. 


This is where the need for signage comes in. In order for schools to properly relay the guidelines to parents, children, and staff, signage is being displayed throughout the school. When you walk into the school, in offices, hallways, and classrooms. Signage is not only an effective way to educate about guidelines, but also serves as a reminder for everyone to follow them. This can be an easy thing to forget, especially for children who are trying to return to some type of normalcy in school. 

Surplus often leads to shortages. In the beginning of the pandemic, companies have been stepping up to create products they normally wouldn’t. At Precision Images, we’ve been fortunate to improve and provide specific COVID signage as well as sneeze guards. 


Reach out to us today if your school or business is in need of signage to meet regulations. 


Posted by Precision Images in Graphic Arts and Signage Systems

CSI Golf Tournament! Sign up now for August event.

Each year, CSI of Portland (Construction Specifications Institute) hosts an annual Golf Tournament to raise money for student scholarships for professional certifications.  Sign up and help the Architecture, Engineering, Construction (A/E/C) industry reach new heights!

More info here: https://www.csiresources.org/portlandchapter/event/golftournament

Download + fill out the form: https://secureservercdn.net/


From the CSI Portland website: 

When:  Aug 22, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM (PT)

The Annual CSI Golf Tournament is a fund raising event for our certification scholarships.  Scholarships are given out for those that want to further their education in the AEC industry by taking the CDT Exam or next level exams.  Your sponsorship and participation in this event allow CSI to help members in the AEC Industry and those emerging professionals that someday may be working with us in this wild and crazy industry.

Please help make this event a success and participate in the golf tournament.  You don’t have to be a pro to play, just have to know how to have fun.  If you are just not a golfer in any way shape or form, you can be a sponsor and help that way.  Come out and network, man a tee box, play games and give out prizes.  Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, KP, LD, Longest Putt and Straight Drive and of course team that tries the hardest.  There are always raffle tickets sold as well for some great prizes donated by our sponsors.  Got some swag you wanna get out there to help promote your firm, perfect chance to do so.

Posted by Amy Stocky in Events

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…



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.
Posted by Amy Stocky in About Precision

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



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.



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.



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!



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


Celebrating 25 years of inspiring community through design.

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

Posted by Amy Stocky in Educational Information, Events

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

Posted by Amy Stocky in About Precision, Events

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!
Posted by Amy Stocky in Canon, Equipment

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.


Posted by Amy Stocky in Educational Information

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!

Posted by Amy Stocky in About Precision

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!

Posted by Amy Stocky in About Precision