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Archive for March, 2011

Custom Envelope Printing Services: Knowledge Is Powerful

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Your envelope printing service can better help you if you understand these basics. Here are some terms you might find useful when specifying envelopes for your custom envelope printers. (more…)

Five Ways to Spice Up Your Custom Brochure Printing by Coating the Press Sheet

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Once in a while a custom brochure printing project comes up that provides the opportunity and budget for a stellar piece that will make the reader stop short. Or maybe you have been asked to create an annual report, and you are seeking highly skilled book printing and publishing companies. In either case, consider asking your brochure print service or book printers book printers about new advances in paper coating. (more…)

Four Examples of Times to Request Paper Samples from Your Printer or Paper Merchant

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

It is well within industry custom for you, as a print buyer, to request paper samples, and there are some good times to do this to save yourself trouble and expense. Maybe you’re working with a brochure printing vendor (brochure printers), a custom book printer service (book printers), or a smaller printer for letterhead stationery printing (stationery printers), and you need to get a really good idea of exactly what to expect of the final printed job. Here are some scenarios: (more…)

Keep in Close Touch with Your Printer’s Customer Service Representative During All Aspects of Your Print Job

Friday, March 18th, 2011

The following is a true story used to illustrate the importance of regular contact with your printer’s CSR (customer service representative). This particular incident is an especially pertinent object lesson if you are working with magazine printers (magazine printers), catalog printers (catalog printers), or book printing and publishing companies (book printers). In all three cases, you may be adding an additional vendor to the mix, a mailshop separate from (but under the direction of) your printing company. (more…)

“Runnability” on a Digital Press: The Need to Mix the Right Technology with the Right Paper

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

When selecting brochure printing services (brochure printing), a digital on demand book printing vendor (digital on demand book printing), or a supplier for business stationery printing and envelopes (business stationery printing and envelope printing), consider the best mix of digital technology, paper, and toner for optimal “runnability.” (more…)

Letterpress: A Tactile Alternative to Offset Printing for Business Envelope and Stationery Printing

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

The next time you’re looking for a business envelope printing company, or a vendor that can custom print business stationery, consider letterpress as an alternative to traditional offset printing. (more…)

Printing Customs: Who Owns the Specialty Paper the Printer Bought for Your Job?

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

When you are printing a book or any other long-run-, multiple-page-, multiple-signature-print job, it is prudent to consider the kind and amount of paper you buy (as well as the final page count and press run). This is true for books (book printing companies), print catalogs (catalog printers), magazine printing (magazine printers), and such. (more…)

Six Custom Book Printing Costs to Consider Before They Show Up on Your Bill

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

When working with book printing companies, you should be aware that your final invoice may include “extras.” These are not unreasonable charges; rather they are expenses you should consider and negotiate prior to sending your InDesign files to press, or you may be disturbed by the final bill. (more…)


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