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We are very pleased to announce that ProjectCenter made its way into the 2011 Ranking Arizona magazine (“The Best Of Arizona Business”). We were ranked Top 10 of the Copy, Duplicating & Printing category.

We want to truly thank our clients, as this is an opinion publication that is strictly based on voters’ opinion. Ranking Arizona Magazine is published annually and consists of controlled mailed distribution to primarily upper management executives, presidents, principals and small business owners.

Ranking Arizona’s Web site, rankingaz.com, includes company names in 175 different business and leisure categories. Participants can vote for the ‘best’ in each Ranking category.

Find more at the Arizona Big Media website.

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A recent marketing tactic is to perforate print materials. As an example, you might receive a postcard or brochure in the mail that will have a coupon or business card placed within the artwork. The edge of those items are perforated so that you can keep it. The idea is to get information to a client or prospect that won’t fall apart before it reaches its destination, while the receiver can easily take away and keep that information.

These kind of materials are usually done on a cardstock for durability, and the perforations are most always done by a die-cutter after the printing is completed. I have had people ask if there is pre-perforated stock that could be printed over the perforations, but I have yet to find any.

ABOUT PROJECTCENTER:

ProjectCenter is a single-source service company providing marketing and document solutions to small, medium and large-sized businesses in the U.S. area. ProjectCenter is based in Phoenix, Arizona and its services include graphic design, web design, printing, copying, scanning and mailing. For more information, please call (602) 252-6655 or visit  www.makepapereasy.com.

There are many types of folding, some of which have more than one name. Here is a good cheat-sheet to help understand the basic folds:

Accordian Fold or Z-Fold: Both are similar, but the Accordian fold is typically referenced when there is more than 2 folds per page.

Z-Fold

Half Fold: Simply stated, this is folding a page in half.

Half Fold

Trifold or Letter Fold: This has two folds with the panels folded towards the same side of the page.

Letter Fold

French Fold or Cross Fold: This is basically two Half Folds.

French Fold

Double Parallel Fold: This is a way folding the page within itself.

Double Parallel Fold

Gate Fold: As the name would suggest, this fold allows a person to open a page like two gates.

Gate Fold

Barrel Fold: This is like a Letter Fold, but with three folds.

Barrel Fold

Then there’s Ben Folds…..just kidding.

ABOUT PROJECTCENTER:

ProjectCenter is a single-source service company providing marketing and document solutions to small, medium and large-sized businesses in the U.S. area. ProjectCenter is based in Phoenix, Arizona and its services include graphic design, web design, printing, copying, scanning and mailing. For more information, please call (602) 252-6655 or visit  www.makepapereasy.com.

Reprographics is the reproduction and duplication of documents, written materials, drawings, designs, etc., by any process making use of light rays or photographic means, including offset printing, microfilming, photography, office duplicating, and the like (http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=reprography).

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It is very common for an attorney or legal client to make a request regarding Concordance or Summation. This request is usually part of a project that would possibly entail scanning, Bates labeling, indexing, image conversion, etc. A common example would be a paralegal requesting to have legal documents picked up, scanned, electronically Bates labeled (i.e. BS001-BS1001) and brought back on a CD/DVD in a Concordance (or Summation) format.

Concordance and Summation (http://law.lexisnexis.com/concordance and http://www.summation.com/) are proprietary softwares to the legal industry that allow a firm’s staff to organize case files in an electronic format. Hence, legal firms will request one of the two formats, so that they can automatically load the electronic images in the database. That is to say, if they own one of these software packages.

ABOUT PROJECTCENTER:

ProjectCenter is a single-source service company providing marketing and document solutions to small, medium and large-sized businesses in the U.S. area. ProjectCenter is based in Phoenix, Arizona and its services include graphic design, web design, printing, copying, scanning and mailing. For more information, please call (602) 252-6655 or visit  www.makepapereasy.com.

Some clients may have heard a broker or printer mention an iGen in the past, along with many other names in the industry. An iGen, or what is currently known as the iGen3, is a digital printing press (http://www.xerox.com/digital-printing/digital-printing-press/color-printing/xerox-igen3-110-90/enus.html). 

Orginally, the iGen was meant for copy shops, that were consistantly running upwards of 5 color copiers at a time, and were looking to consolidate. That said, the iGen has a reputation of being a souped-up color copier, but with fast speeds, no set up (which means no minimum quantities), and better quality print than a copier.

With these attributes, the iGen has become a very popular solution for short-run (less than 1000 units) print and variable data (personalized printing) projects. Real Estate firms and Title agencies love this print offering, because these sort of companies are based off the individual, and individuals don’t necessarily have the money to dish out for large-quantity print work. At the same time, the competitive nature of their businesses does not give them time to wait 3-5 days for a print job. The iGen has become a great solution for these situations.

The iGen is most commonly used to print brochures, books, flyers, postcards, newsletters, catalogs, manuals, Point of Purchase materials, sell sheets and more.

ABOUT PROJECTCENTER:

ProjectCenter is a single-source service company providing marketing and document solutions to small, medium and large-sized businesses in the U.S. area. ProjectCenter is based in Phoenix, Arizona and its services include graphic design, web design, printing, copying, scanning and mailing. For more information, please call (602) 252-6655 or visit  www.makepapereasy.com.

ProjectCenter recently bidded on a project that included a request for 1500 units of one-sided color flyers (4/0, if you like). The prospect had stated that they just wanted them to be copier quality, which suggested that they were trying to save money. In this situation, the client would be better off taking the flyers to an offset press. To exemplify the difference in cost, these options were quoted to the client (pricing not exact):

Offset: 2500 units (some offset presses will only allow certain quantities, such as 1000, 2500, 5000, etc.)- $400

Copier: 1500 units (ProjectCenter has a .45 per color copy special for January)- $700

As one can see, not only is there a major price difference, but a client can get more units and the paper stock is much better (offset offers 100lb Gloss Book vs. copy paper).

The only drawbacks in this situation are time and quantity limits. Offset presses can take anywhere from 3-7 days to process, while copy work can typically be done the same day, and as stated above, a lot of offset press printers will only allow certain tiers in ordered quantities.

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Some may have seen television commercials by a large national copy company (rhymes with Plinko’s), offering a .45 per color copy special. Some ProjectCenter clients took their projects over to this copy provider, and the result was not impressive in their opinion. This is what they had to say (paraphrased):

“They use low-quality thin paper that you can literally see through. If you want the normal paper, it costs more.”

“They use a low-quality wax-based copier, and it looks horrible.”

Adage: You get what you pay for.

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Here is an association that print brokers can take advantage of:

The Printing Brokerage/Buyers Association International

www.pbba.org

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Full bleed refers to printed artwork extending all the way to the edge of a hard copy material (i.e. paper). In other words, no blank border exists on the printed piece.

This effect is usually accomplished by printing artwork larger than the intended size, and then cutting the material down to size. 

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This is a simple posting to help people understand the basic difference in charges, when comparing color and black & white copier printing.

Currently, the typical retail charge for color is about .88 (88 cents) per 8.5 x 11 page. The typical retail charge for black & white is .10 (10 cents) per 8.5 x 11 page.

To be clear, these charges are estimates. Each service provider charges what they feel is appropriate for their business. It could lower in price, it could be higher in price.

Hope this helps our readers……

ABOUT PROJECTCENTER:

ProjectCenter is a single-source service company providing marketing and document solutions to small, medium and large-sized businesses in the U.S. area. ProjectCenter is based in Phoenix, Arizona and its services include graphic design, web design, printing, copying, scanning and mailing. For more information, please call (602) 252-6655 or visit  www.makepapereasy.com.

Some viewers of this blog have been specifically looking for information on copier click charges. Click charges pertain to an agreement where a copier vendor charges a slight amount per copy, in order to service the machine and/or have it on a lease. This is a customary practice.

The charges vary depending on the business (are you ‘print for page’ [reseller] or an end user?), but also depend on what the copier sales guy/gal can get away with. Let’s face it, they are in the business of making money. For this reason, click charges WILL NEVER BE PUBLISHED by the industry.

Only by luck, and the graciousness of the community, will one be able to find this information.

ABOUT PROJECTCENTER:

ProjectCenter is a single-source service company providing marketing and document solutions to small, medium and large-sized businesses in the U.S. area. ProjectCenter is based in Phoenix, Arizona and its services include graphic design, web design, printing, copying, scanning and mailing. For more information, please call (602) 252-6655 or visit  www.makepapereasy.com.

Once in awhile, a client will create artwork that incorporates a color called gold. Unfortunately, gold is simply not a color and it cannot even come close to resembling the real thing, which is a material.

When an art piece is printed with gold, clients will often be disappointed in the end result-  the gold color looking more like a mustard color. The only true way of accomplishing a gold color on a printed piece is to incorporate foiling. Foil is just as one would imagine- a foil material that is pressed on to a printed piece of work.

The likelihood that someone would use foil for something like a newsletter is very slim, because it can be an expensive service. Foiling is usually used for business cards, since they are smaller in size and foil sticks better to cardstock.

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When artwork goes all the way to the edge of a document, it is called a full-bleed piece. Full-bleed product in the world of the offset printing industry is very common, because the tools and machinery are made to accommodate this task.

The method by which this is accomplished is by making the artwork slighty bigger than the actual size. This slightly oversized artwork is then printed on oversized paper, and then the piece is cut down to actual size, leaving no border.

Unlike offset printing, copiers are not necessarily made to handle full-bleed projects. Yes, it can be done by printing on an oversized piece of paper and cutting it down, but a problem still exists. Copiers have what is known as a registration, which is a calculation as to where the artwork is placed on the page. Unfortunately, this registration changes all the time, because of the way a copier is made. The combination of rollers, drums, page thickness, paper stock and temparature all contribute to where the artwork lands on the page, which can slightly change with each and every page. So, when one goes to print on the other side of a double-sided project, they will find that the two pieces of artwork are not exactly lined up front to back.

When this issue happens, a client needs to accept the shortcomings of a copy job, or move the project to the offset printing option. There really are no other alternatives.

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Clients sometimes request their booklets or flyer packets to be corner stapled. For the purposes of cost, this is a fine option. For purposes of presentation, corner stapling is not suggested.

For a more professional looking piece, a client should consider other binding methods, such as tape binding, spiral binding, hard cover binding, perfect binding, comb binding, velo binding, coil binding, saddle stitch, wire binding, etc. These options offer a more presentable look for marketing materials.

Here are some images of each option:

Coil BindingComb BindingHard Cover Binding

Perfect BindingSaddle StitchingSpiral Binding

Tape BindingVelo BindingWire Binding