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Archive for June, 2011

Custom Screen Printing and Traditional Offset From Online Printing Services Give You Options for Printing on Corrugated Board

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

At some point in your graphic design or print buying career, you may need to print on corrugated board. It will be easier for you to choose an online printing service to print such a job if you understand your options and the custom printing technologies involved. (more…)

Online Printing Vendors Spice Up Perfect-bound Books with French Flaps

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Online printing services can leverage their specialized knowledge of bookbinding to give your next perfect-bound job added flair. A specialized binding treatment called “French folds” can improve the appearance of an on demand book printing job, a traditional offset book printing job, a magazine, or a catalog printing job. Here’s some information you might find interesting. (more…)

Online Printing Companies Can Meet Your Goals When You Spec Paper with Current Swatch Books and Printed Samples

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Whether you’re buying catalog printing, brochure printing, or book printing services from your digital printing company, the more specific you can be about your paper needs, the more easily your supplier can meet your expectations. Whether consciously or unconsciously, paper choices strongly affect your reader. Here’s a case study that illustrates some issues in communicating paper choices. (more…)

Digital Printing Companies Eye New Digital Inkjet Web Presses with Interest

Monday, June 13th, 2011

The field of digital custom printing is changing once again in an intriguing way. Offset printing has been declining in some areas, such as newspaper and newsletter printing, as well as some catalog printing. Nevertheless, I still see in my mailbox every day at least as many marketing postcards, printed and converted custom envelopes, and any number of other new and exotic promotional materials as ever before. (more…)

Digital Printing Companies Make Your Job a Tactile Experience with Paper Coatings

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Custom printing is a tactile experience. When you hold a printed piece in your hands, it matters whether the paper is smooth or rough, coated or uncoated. This may not be a conscious response when you page through a print catalog, print newsletter, or brochure printing sample, but the paper texture still affects you. One of the most notable qualities of print publications–the feel or texture of the paper–is completely lacking on the Internet. (more…)

Custom Book Printing Case Study: Deciding Which Printing Errors to Fix

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Custom book printing is a process, not a commodity. It involves many people, many skills, and many steps. To some extent, things go wrong in every press run. The challenge is to determine what constitutes an actual printing error and to work with the business printing service to correct it. (more…)

Custom Printing Success Often Hinges on Wise Paper Choices

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

If almost all printing companies put ink on paper, knowing how to determine and articulate your paper needs will help you get the results you expect from your printing services. This is true whether you’re working with brochure printers, book printers, sticker printers, or postcard printers. Understanding paper qualities will help you in all these cases. (more…)


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