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Archive for January, 2022

Book Printing: Paper Coatings Provide a Buffed Shine

Sunday, January 23rd, 2022

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Nothing signals quality like a high-gloss shine, whether it’s a fast car (“I can see myself in your Ferrari”) or even a print book cover.

That said, you have a lot of options if you’re designing a book or any other printed product. The underlying purpose of these coatings separates them into two categories: protection and aesthetics. (more…)

Custom Printing: Buying Just One Prototype of a Presentation Binder

Monday, January 17th, 2022

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I remember learning the concept of a “one-off.” Since I was used to ordering 60,000+ copies of a print book job back in the ‘90s as an art director of a nonprofit government education organization, I couldn’t quite wrap my brain around producing only one copy of anything. (more…)

Top Points to Consider While Hiring a Printing Service

Monday, January 10th, 2022

When selecting a printing company, your goal should be to choose one that best fits your specific objectives and requirements. Additionally, here are a few points to consider before hiring a printing company: (more…)

How to Find the Best Document Printing Services Online

Monday, January 10th, 2022

Finding the best services for document printing online can get tedious, especially when you have no knowledge or expertise in the subject. If you are looking for someone who can print all your documents without mishandling them online, here is a quick infographic that can help you reach out to them. So, without waiting any further, let’s get to it! (more…)

Custom Printing: Tips on Designing with Photographs

Monday, January 10th, 2022

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In the 1980s, about a year after I had graduated from college and then had edited a small community tabloid for almost no pay, I got what my father called “a real job.” I was hired to copyedit, design, and shoot photos for print books published by a DC-area government education organization. I had been a writer and editor, and I had taken photos for two yearbooks in high school, but I knew nothing about publication design. I only knew how to lay out a tabloid newspaper. (more…)

Custom Printing: Incorporating Fine Art into Print Design

Sunday, January 2nd, 2022

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A colleague of mine designs print books for governmental and non-governmental organizations. At present, she is working on a 7” x 10” perfect-bound book. She has subcontracted a painting she plans to use for the book cover. To make sure the artwork reproduces well, she asked me to discuss the project with the fine artist. (more…)


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