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Archive for February, 2022

Custom Printing: Be Alert for These Printing Errors

Saturday, February 26th, 2022

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Accuracy/quality/precision–in the little things–is important. This includes precise grammar. It also includes clean, precise printing and finishing work in a publication, a brochure, or even a sign. If something looks wrong in a publication, within the design or within the print production itself, it is only natural for the reader to question (even subconsciously) the accuracy of the content. And this can make you lose your reader’s interest. (more…)

Custom Printing: Folding and Trimming Print Jobs

Monday, February 21st, 2022

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Think back to making paper airplanes when you were a child. The accuracy of each fold was crucial. Edges needed to line up precisely, or the airplane would plunge into the floor when you launched it. Folds matter. (more…)

How to Find the Best Online Printing Company?

Thursday, February 10th, 2022

There are many online printing companies out there in the market, and each one claims to be the best in the industry. In a situation like this, how to figure out one of the best online printing companies that can provide you with quality services at an affordable cost?

This infographic will help you with some important tips on how to select the best service provider in the entire town. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s dive in! (more…)

Book Printing: Selected Binding Options, Tips, and Tricks

Sunday, February 6th, 2022

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If you look closely at the photo above, you’ll see a man hand stitching several press signatures into a text block for either a Smyth sewn paperback book or more than likely a case-bound print book. You’ll note that the signatures are stacked next to each other. The stitching (within each signature and between signatures) will significantly strengthen the overall binding of this print book and would therefore be an ideal option for a paperbound art museum book or a case-bound book. (more…)

Advantages of Using Online Printing Services During Covid-19

Thursday, February 3rd, 2022

Covid has affected all our lives. It has disrupted our daily activities that earlier we didn’t give much thought in performing. With so many variants coming up on a daily basis, it is always advisable to stay at home to prevent the spread of this deadly disease. Step out of the house only when absolutely necessary and your printing needs should be the essential task for which you need to step out of the house. With several companies providing document printing services online, you need not go out of your house for this purpose. (more…)

Why Should You Consider Color Printing Online?

Thursday, February 3rd, 2022

While printing a company’s marketing or other such material in color or black and white varies considerably by industry, chances are color printing is not required very often.

Any printing services that offer color printing online will tell you that color printing can be more expensive than black and white printing. This is owing to the fact that color printing requires four colors; cyan, magenta, yellow, and a “key,” which is commonly black— whereas black and white printing only requires one ink. (more…)

How to Look for the Best Flyer Printing Services?

Thursday, February 3rd, 2022

We are sure there must be more than a dozen flyer printing services in and around your surrounding area. How can one select the best company with so many choices just around the corner? Well, if you are too confused to make an informed decision, here we are with a detailed guide on how to pick the best flyer printing company in your town! (more…)


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