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Archive for April, 2011

Printing Companies Create Opulent Solids with Rich Black Ink

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Printing companies can really make your job “pop” by creating a special mix of process colors called a rich black. For newsletter printing, custom envelopes with heavy solids, even a large format print for a wall hanging, talk with your print provider about the optimal mixture of inks for a rich black. (more…)

Business Stationery Printing and Logo Design: Some Considerations

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

At some point in your career, you may be asked to print business cards or custom envelopes, or you may need to print business stationery. The job may involve designing a logo as well. If so, here are a few key concepts you may want to keep in mind during this process. (more…)

Custom Book Printers Offer “Mechanical Binding” Options

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

If your next project involves custom book printing, particularly short-run on demand book printing, here are some custom book printing companies you may not have considered. When producing multiple-page printed documents, you have many more choices than just saddle stitching, side stitching, perfect binding, or traditional case (or hardcover) binding. A number of these fall under the category of “mechanical binding” and may be offered by the book printing services with which you now work. (more…)

Custom Printing on Seeded Paper: Avoid the Pitfalls

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

A client of mine was recently looking for printing companies for a single-page panel invitation. The most appropriate vendor for this particular project was a printer with both an HP Indigo digital press and a small-format offset press. He specialized in business printing work such as custom envelopes, print newsletters, and the like. (more…)

Custom Printing for a Die-cut Invitation: A Case Study

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

A client of mine recently needed custom printing services for a six-page invitation (three on one side and three on the other) for an upcoming promotional event. The vendor in question was a small-format printer with digital capabilities as well as offset equipment. He specialized in brochure printing, on demand book printing, and other small jobs. (more…)

Printing Services That Specialize in More Exotic, Custom Printing

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Not all business printing jobs involve “ink on paper.” Some are more unusual than a print catalog, a print newsletter, or marketing postcards. Here are a few of these and the kinds of printers you might want to approach for an estimate: (more…)

Printing Companies Specialize in Different Kinds of Work

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

A careful search for newspaper printers, book printing and publishing companies, or magazine printers will teach you a valuable lesson: not all printing companies are the same. (more…)

Commercial Envelope Printers Can Custom Print Envelopes on Cover Stock

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

A client recently asked me to recommend a custom envelope printer for extra-heavy envelopes. The client wanted to print envelopes on 65# cover stock and then convert them. Keep in mind that most envelopes are 20#, 24#, or 28#, much thinner than 65# cover stock. (more…)

Printing Bid Accuracy Dependent On Complete Printing Job Specs

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

Whether you are working with catalog printing companies, brochure printers, book printers, or business card printing services, all jobs have one thing in common: the job specification sheet. (more…)


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