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FAQs: General Printing
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Offset printing, also known as offset lithography, refers to a common printing technique in which an image is transferred (or offset) from a plate to a rubber cylinder or blanket and then to the printing surface. This printing method consistently produces the highest quality prints in large volume for the lowest cost. Newspapers are products that are typically printed using the offset method.
First available in the early to mid-1990s, digital printers offer a faster and less expensive printing option for smaller project quantities. In digital printing a digital artwork file is created (frequently in a desktop publishing software like Adobe® inDesign), prepared by the print shop prepress professionals, and sent directly to the printer with no plate or set up required.
The chief determination of selecting color digital printing over offset printing is the job volume. If you will need less than 1,000 pieces for your project, the color digital option will give you excellent quality at a considerable discount over the same quantity done through offset. Other considerations for determining the best option between the two methods include the type of paper that is required for the project and any finishing that may be required.
We’re glad you asked! This is such a crucial question when producing a great product that we’ve developed our own checklist to guide you in preparing your file for print (as well as a pdf of the Design Checklist that can be downloaded for reference). We also have a growing list of “Prepress Help Topics,” articles dedicated to specific areas of design. Our Design Templates page provides an assortment of templates we have created to help you design your project to our common print specifications. Print a copy of our Design Checklist for your desk so you can have assistance whenever you need it, but don’t hesitate to call us at 614.261.1011 if you need more help.
We can accept and prepare most files for digital printing, including page layout programs, graphics programs, pdf, doc, eps and many others. Please contact us if you have a question about a specific file type, we’ll find a way to complete your project.
One of the main benefits stems from breadth of experience and the ability to adapt to changing job requirements quickly to create the best possible product. Because of our years in the business, we have a valuable network of trusted resources and subcontractors that help us meet all our customers’ demands.
Another important benefit of working with a full-service printer is that we provide project management to arrange and organize a complex printing project for you, one where you perhaps have multiple end items you are trying to create with your artwork. This saves you valuable time and money, and it ensures consistent look and quality. Don’t underestimate the value of your time when self-servicing printing.
Finally, color and file management, color and file management, color and file management! Self-service shops are cheap, but they also lack the ability and expertise to help you adjust file color to your exact specifications. They print what you provide them. Period. If the color isn’t right, or the alignment is wrong, they ask you to fix it. Countless hours can be spent trying to adjust through trial and error. Having experts on-site trained in color management and design software can make all the difference in the success and timeliness of your project.
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Mistakes in layout and design account for 80% of prepress costs when a file goes to a commercial print shop. A graphic designer can easily improve the odds by knowing the best design practices to avoid these errors. Designing for Print is a blog that gives you our best prepress tips by topic.
We’ve developed a set of Design Templates to share our knowledge and assistance with our current and prospective customers. These Design Templates provide how-to guidance for common digital projects and they frequently provide a downloadable PDF template that you can incorporate as a layer in your design to help you with page layout.