Category Archives: Prepress

A Guide to Binding Multi-Page Documents for Graphic Designers

Binding is mostly an issue where multi-page documents are concerned, like magazines, books and multi-page event programs. Most multi-page event programs are center-stapled (saddle stitch), as are most magazines. Only a few high-end magazines, like National Geographic, take the extra expense of having a glued binding. Briefly, here’s a list of the most common kinds of binding.

Prepress Checklist : Use on Graphic Design Projects Sending Out to Printers

Your project is camera ready and you are ready to ship it out the door. Here’s a quick list that you can use on almost any project you send out for printing. Print one of these and check off each one as you verify things for each project you do.

Don’t Go Broke at the Printers - How to Save Money at the Print Shop

Find out ways to save yourself money the next time you go on over to the print shop to get one of your graphic design projects printed out. The more you can do in house before sending a project to a printer, the more money you can save on the printing cost. Below I have shared some secret tips with you to save some of your precious money at the commercial printers.

Easy Guide to Commercial Printers for Designers Who Always Get Lost

The most common issue printers face with graphic artists and designers are deadlines. Some graphic designers think that when they hand the design project over to a printer, that they should get the final project back within 30 minutes. While that may be possible on small-scale projects done at quick-copy establishments such as Kinkos, it is not going to happen with a commercial printing press printer. First, understand that getting the project off your computer and turned into the final product has several steps.

Designing A Catalog From Conception To Completion - A Catalog Design Tutorial

Designing A Catalog From Conception To Completion
By Elle Phillips, Elle Phillips Design
We are very excited to have Elle Phillips guest write for us this week. Please visit her fabulous portfolio to see more of her wonderful work. You will find that this catalog design article is very well written, informative, and extremely helpful. [...]

What Are The Different Types Of Printing - A Basic Guide to Printing for Graphic Designers

What Are The Different Types Of Printing?
Not all printing companies are created equal. There are those that are able to give you full color printing for your marketing collaterals. Still there are printing houses that offer excellent offset printing to provide you a cost effective print job, hence, bigger savings.
Whatever kind of printer [...]

Large Format Printers - Thermal or Piezo - Which is Better?

 To help with your purchasing decision of large format printers, here we will list out the advantages of each technology.

Which Large Format Printer Technology is Better for You - Thermal or Piezo?
For many years the debate over which is best Thermal or Piezo technology on large format printers has confused many a potential customer. Which [...]

Color Questions a Designer Should Ask Their Printer

Here are some questions that you need to ask from your printer so that you know what the printing specs are and your printing job goes smoothly.
So step one is to get the printing specs from the printer. Ask the following questions

Color questions for your printer

by Ben Baker

This article presumes you have an [...]

How to Create and Design Layouts with Folds

This article will help you figure out how to design and layout a document with folds.

by Ben Baker
Copy that runs across a fold is often difficult to read, see and sometimes because of the compression of the folding machine, the ink on one page can leave an impression on the [...]

Should You Use a Local Printer or an Online Printer Service?

A host of good reasons exist for using a local printer for your project and finding one online (not local). At the same time, a good number of reasons exist for not using a local printer or an online printer. Lets examine two benefits and two drawbacks (there are plenty more) for each one.

Local [...]

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