Want to know more about the search categories on the site? This section will explain some basic concepts and help you narrow down your search for a print vendor that can make your job become reality.
»All printers can create a variety of print products any graphic designer or business might need including (but not limited to): Newsletters, Brochures, Business Stationery, Flyers, Booklets, Postcards, Posters, Books, Marketing Material, Magazines, Programs, Directories, Annual Reports and more.
Everything that happens before your work is actually printed. When you send your files to a printer they pre-flight your files to make sure everything is set up the way it should be including color mode, typefaces, document setup and more. You can also get a digital proof or hard proof of your project before it's officially printed.
Offset printing uses plates to create the final product. If you have a 4-color print piece, you will have 4 plates made, one for each color. Offset is very efficient when it comes to printing high quantities – and I mean over 3000 pieces – once the printer is set up and ready to run. This doesn't mean you can't use Offset for smaller runs. Your print vendor will help you decide if your project should be printed on Offset or Digital.
Digital printing is great for small quantity runs because it doesn't take a long time to set up like Offset printing. Digital is also used for large runs as well, your printer can help you decide which option is best for your project. Using digital printers allow a designer to customize each piece, also known as variable data, this is great for mailing lists or ad campaigns. Digital printing is beginning to have fun finishing options like foil stamping and spot gloss.
Large Format Printing
Large format printing can range from museum exhibit graphics to canvas wraps to bus shelter signs. These are usually digitally printed on large format printers.
Specialty printing such as laser engraving, letterpress or screenprinting can add an extra flare to your project.
Finishing & Binding
Everything that happens to your project after it has been printed. Folding, scoring, laminating, die cutting or perfect binding.
Many printers are now offering mailing services to help their customers from running around to different companies to finish a project and get it to the client. Using variable data, ad campaigns can be sent to individuals without the designer having to set up individual files for each person. Printers will also affix postage and deliver your project to the post office.
Do you need a coffee mug with your company's name on it? Maybe you need some pens or a golf towel… if you do then this is the section to look for while searching through the printers.
Sustainability in printing is becoming a big topic in the graphic design world. Many companies are now required to use printers that are specifically certified for the way their company prints and handles paper and ink. Search for certifications here.