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Archive for January, 2021

Book Printing: A Captivating Print Book About Cleopatra

Sunday, January 31st, 2021

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My fiancee and I were recently looking for new art projects for our art therapy work with the autistic. Since we had found a plastic mummy kit in the thrift store for educating kids in the religion, mythology, and embalming processes that ensured ancient Egyptians a safe passage to the next life, we decided to have our students build and decorate a cardboard sarcophagus (essentially a mummy case). (more…)

Three Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Online Printing Company

Saturday, January 30th, 2021
Finding a reliable printing company that addresses the needs of the business takes some time and effort. Also, one can’t deny that finding an ideal printing company is essential in enhancing the visibility of a business through digital and traditional printing methods. Therefore, the quality of the materials like brochures, flyers, logos, book covers, and t-shirts can make a world of differences between elevating the brand’s image and tarnishing its reputation. A reliable printing company works dedicatedly and professionally to prioritize different customers’ different needs to offer utmost satisfaction. However, most people aren’t aware of the tips to find the best printing companies and tend to make mistakes during the hiring process. Unfortunately, this can entirely damage a brand’s reputation if the quality of the print material degrades. So, there are a few questions that one must ask in the beginning before hiring the best online printing company. Let’s take a look at the following questions below:

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6 Benefits of Web Offset Printing

Saturday, January 30th, 2021


A form of offset printing which constantly puts in a roll of paper through the press is known as web offset printing. Such presses are able to print on both sides of a paper simultaneously. These days, this job is outsourced to various printing companies around the world, and the Internet has made it easy to reach out to them. (more…)

Custom Printing: What Print Buyers Look for in Printers

Wednesday, January 27th, 2021

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When it comes to print buying, I know how I choose a printer. What I don’t know is how others approach print buying. So I found it intriguing to read an analysis on www.piworld.com of NAPCO Research’s survey of 200 print buyers or print buying influencers. The article is entitled “Print Buyer Survey Reveals Key Factors Influencing Provider Selection.” Written by Lisa Cross, this article was published on PIWorld’s website on 11/23/20. (more…)

Custom Printing: Learning to Look at, and Really See, Typefaces

Monday, January 25th, 2021

It seems to be a major truth about life that when you pay close attention to something and learn as much as you can about it, you start to see it everywhere. You also start to understand intuitively how it works. I think this is also true about typography for commercial printing, one of the main building blocks of good design. Or, more specifically, becoming fluent in typography will allow you to consciously give a particular voice, or tone, to whatever you design, from logos to posters to brochures to print books. (more…)

Seven Mistakes to Avoid When You are Getting a Print Material Done

Thursday, January 21st, 2021

Banners, binders, e-books, envelopes, decal, note cards, placemats, handouts, stickers, calendars and so on, there are many things that you may be looking to get printed. Your motive behind them can be having something personalized, or for your business branding or to create an effective advertising campaign. (more…)

Book Printing: But There’s Only One Bleed in the Book

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

To be perfectly fair, my book printing client did know enough to ask me about the potential cost increase for bleeding a halftone off an interior page of the print book she was designing. (more…)

Book Printing: Trends in Print Buying (An Anecdote)

Saturday, January 16th, 2021

I’ve been noting the direction the wind has been blowing in my own commercial printing work recently. Granted, this is anecdotal evidence, and it only relates to print books, and only to a few of my clients at that, but I’m finding it instructive. (more…)

Commercial Printing: Views on the Future of Printing

Monday, January 11th, 2021

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None of us in commercial printing can read the tea leaves or a crystal ball and know exactly where custom printing is headed, but it’s pretty clear that the field has been changing. Fortunately, it’s just changing but not going away. (more…)

Importance of choosing the best book printing services

Friday, January 8th, 2021

Most readers consider book printing to be an unimportant part, but it is quite important for a publisher as it is one of the deciding factors for the success of a book. The need for the best book printing services is the first thing that comes to a writer’s mind before publishing a novel. Similarly, if a company wants to print a magazine for office uses or schools and universities, the best book printing service matters a lot. Book printing is an art that has been practiced by a few printing service providers. It is, therefore, important that you only have the best men at work. (more…)

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