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Archive for May, 2021

Book Printing: Choosing Sheetfed Offset or Web Offset

Sunday, May 30th, 2021

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I mentioned in a prior PIE Blog article that a print brokering client of mine (a husband-and-wife publishing team) needed a shorter schedule for one of their books. This client’s publishing house has hard deadlines for final book delivery. If a printer misses a deadline for delivery to the print book distributor, my client’s books get rejected. Ouch. (more…)

Five Reasons Why Printing Companies Are Important to Businesses

Thursday, May 27th, 2021

Nearly a trillion dollars are used to fund the global printing industry each year. This is fairly impressive for an industry whose growth is mainly marked by printing labels and packaging. In fact, the printing industry is estimated to be eight times larger than the video game industry and also rivals the massively influential auto industry. (more…)

How to Choose the Best Company for Binder Printing

Thursday, May 27th, 2021


Binder printing
gets its name from the way in which individual sheets of books or notes are fastened together. All print pieces remain flat as a result of the binding process. It is instrumental to make any book completely functional. However, not every company that prints the book necessarily has the best facilities to bind it as well. The type of paper being used for binding is also dependent on the kind of printing project. (more…)

Three Tricks to Run Your Marketing Campaign with Flyers

Wednesday, May 26th, 2021

Even in this digitally driven world, the significance of traditional marketing materials hasn’t vanished yet. It still plays a crucial role in any business marketing campaign. And, speaking of traditional marketing materials, there’s no way people can deny the role of flyers. After all, they work in the best possible way when it comes to creating a business marketing campaign. A lot of people are unable to yield the advantages of these flyers as they’re unaware of their usage. So, even after they use high-quality printed flyers, their marketing campaign does not provide the required benefits. There are a lot of factors that need to be considered while printing a flyer. This includes the images, typography, strategy distribution, and whatnot. So, let’s explore the best tricks to create a successful business marketing campaign with flyers, (more…)

Custom Printing: The Nuances of Designing with Type

Monday, May 24th, 2021

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In the 45 years I’ve been in the business of commercial printing, I have grown to love the nuances of type. Many years ago I read about a designer who worked well into the night cutting up and repositioning individual letters with a razor blade. (Everything was done by hand back then. The Macintosh did not make desktop publishing a reality until 1987.) The designer was crafting a logo, and nestling the letterforms closely into one another (which is known as kerning). At the time I couldn’t understand the care and affection he seemed to shower on these pieces of waxed typesetting paper (wax was the adhesive we used). Now I understand completely. (more…)

06 Advantages Of Using Brochures For Business

Saturday, May 22nd, 2021

Putting all your products’ essential information in an attractive business brochure is a cost-effective and efficient way to spread the word. The significant part about getting the printed brochures for your business is that they can be distributed quickly. Online brochure printing can be as simple or attractive as you want. (more…)

Custom Printing: Consistent Branding via Web-to-Print

Monday, May 17th, 2021

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I read an article this week that combines much of what is new out there in commercial printing: web-to-print, digital printing, VDP (variable data printing), and the concepts of branding, brand consistency, and brand loyalty. I had to take a breath. This amalgam of words and phrases can mean the difference between a company’s being at the top of their client’s awareness or being invisible. All together these concepts and technologies embrace art, psychology, custom printing, and computer science. (more…)

Custom Printing: Waterless Offset Benefits Printing Trade and Planet Earth

Monday, May 10th, 2021

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Offset printing, which has been around for a long, long time (since the mid 1870s), is based on the proposition that oil and water do not mix, and that if you draw on a custom printing plate with a greasy substance like ink, and then flood the non-image area with water (in a precise ink/water balance), ink will adhere to the image area and be repelled by the water in the non-image area. The ink can then be printed on a press blanket and from the blanket to a paper (or other) substrate. (more…)

Custom Printing: Characteristics of Printing Ink

Monday, May 10th, 2021

Given the complex balance of commercial printing ink and water (plus all the other variables in ink formulation), plus paper choices, it’s amazing that anything gets printed or looks good.

First of all, let’s step back a moment and discuss ink on paper, or more specifically offset ink on paper, since ink varies considerably from offset printing to gravure printing to flexography. (more…)

4 Benefits to Consider About Online Document Printing Services

Saturday, May 8th, 2021

Printing services have been in the market for several years, even after facing several ups and downs, it is still prevalent among businesses. No marketing campaign is counted as completed without having a printing service provider onboard. The planning and designing stage is crucial for the marketing campaigns but the printing services are what ensures the quality of your final output. There are various online document printing services available these days but it is your responsibility to select a reliable and reputed service provider that understands your needs and requirements properly. (more…)


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