Superior Graphic Design Service
Graphic Design is a service we provide to our customers when they require them. We have helped companies design and prep all types of jobs for print. You benefit from our extensive printing expertise and knowledge as our people know the pitfalls of commercial printing and will make sure your job is created correctly and will print properly the first time. Graphic design is more than just looking pretty on screen but must confirm to strict printing requirements if you want your print work to be problem free and looking good.
Graphic Design With Guaranteed Quality
When designing or producing collateral, we guarantee our workmanship in graphic design and that the quality of your final product will be to your satisfaction. Our designers have years of print experience and will deliver a product that will make your company shine.
Graphic Design That's Affordable
Graphic design demands that if you can’t afford it, it doesn’t matter how good it is. That’s why we offer the best in-class design pricing on printing, finishing and pre-press production. Give us a chance to quote your next graphic design and printing job and find out how much you can save.
Print Designs with Confidence
Our team of graphic designers and online printers will work together to deliver your printing project right the very first time! Printing By Design will make sure that your job is always correctly designed and prepped to work on press, resulting in a professional product that stands out from the rest and makes your company look good.
When you chose graphic design services and print with Printing By Design, you can be assured of:
- Value. You won’t pay a penny more than necessary as we make sure our graphic design services for your job is to your liking. We additionally make sure that it is correctly prepped and we pre-flight it BEFORE it gets on press. This way you don’t have to worry about unnecessary redoes, added production fees or lost of time.
- Quality. Not only will we design your job to the highest professional standards, but we will make sure it is also printed to the industry’s highest standards as well. You can be assured that your project results in a very professional quality selling tool.
- Expediency. Your graphic design and printing job is very important to us. You can be confident that it will receive the attention it deserves in order to get it out the door in record time. We even offer rush processing when you’re behind schedule and under the gun.
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Frequently Asked Graphic Design Questions
Why use you for both Graphic Design and Printing?
Because our graphic design services and printing together excel in both quality and cost efficiency. You will benefit from the cost savings of not having to hire two independent sources for you work. We also guarantee that our designs will work on press, without any additional production fees that typically can arise when files are not prepared properly for the press on which they are intended to run.
Besides efficiency, we promise quality. Our designers are not fly-by-night desktop publishers that do contract print design for extra income. Some of our designers have worked for large, well established ad agencies as well as cutting edge upstart design boutiques. We view the graphic design for print to be a value added service that not only saves you money on printing, but that will have you coming back with more projects.
Do you prefer not to print files from Outside Designers?
Of course not! We are capable and happy to print files from most any sources, be them professional independent designers to ad agencies to inside marketing personnel. Our design services are offered to help you avoid the problems associated with files created by outside sources that do not have the necessary skills to produce files that will run trouble free on commercial presses.
If you choose to use your own designers, our staff will review the files prior to going to press to make sure that there will not be any issues that could cause a poor result when printed. We can then either inform you of any issues that would cause a problem on press and you can have your designers make any required fixes, or you can hire us to do them for you. It’s totally up to you.
What are the most Common Problems you find in files from outside designers?
Some of the most common issues that we see everyday are:
Improper Color Space (RGB vs. CMYK):
Desktop printers are calibrated at the factory to output RGB files so they look good when printed to by common PC software like Word or a web browser. RGB is the most common color space used on digital cameras and PCs. Commercial presses use process (CMYK) and/or custom mixed inks (Pantone) when printing and require files created in these colors in order to accurately output your job.
Low Resolution Images:
Computer monitors are usually set to output on-screen images at between 72 – 100 dpi. Commercial presses print at much higher resolutions than even desktop printers. Ever printed a Word document and thought the images looked too soft or fuzzy? With commercial presses it is even worse. Designers must know the rules of thumb for file resolutions related to the press’s line screen. Typically this requires images of between 300 dpi and 350 dpi at a minimum to look their best.
Insufficient gutter space:
This occurs when your job is going to be folded and panels are too close to a fold or even just misaligned so that they become uneven or even bleed over onto the adjacent panel.
Speaking of bleed, this is often a problem that inexperienced designers forget about. Bleed is when your images and color spread outside of the page to assure that there are no white frames at the edges of the pages. Why is this an issue? Because commercial presses print at very high speed and paper can creep a bit. That is why having sufficient bleed is very important. Typically presses require 1/16″ or 1/8″ to be safe.
Content too close to the page edge or center gutter:
Speaking of press creep, there is also page creep with multi-page documents to consider. Images too close to an edge can inadvertently be cut off when the pages are cut. Different presses have different tolerances. Typically a 1/4″ outside margin is safe on many presses, but you should always check in advance to make sure.
Page creep is what happens when paper that is stacked and folded. It pushes away from the spine. Books and magazines are printed, bound and then finally cut. The more pages you have, the farther the inside most pages will creep away from the spine. The way a book is bound will affect the amount of creep that is introduced. Designers need to consider that the outside pages of a book or magazine will need more space at the inside gutter, while the inside pages will need more space at the outside page edge.
Today’s press systems can create the creep for you; however it will affect the presentation of the layout. It is always best to compensate in the actual design as opposed to afterward on press. This more true for layouts that are highly precise and contain multi-page spreads.
Documents created in software not made for commercial printing:
Incompatible file formats are often seen by printers every day. These are usually from office workers or part time desktop publishers that don’t own professional design software. Microsoft Office documents (Word, Excel and Publisher) print great on typical desktop printers, but not so well on commercial presses. Pages tend to reflow, fonts can be substituted, colors can shift substantially and objects can be left out completely. While our staff can often times convert files to a more suitable format for commercial printing, it is always better to start out with a properly formatted and compatible document for press.
Improperly created PDF files:
Sometimes even the most savvy and up-to-date designers can prepare PDFs for press with improper settings. The newest versions of InDesign, Illustrator, Quark XPress and Corel Draw can all produce documents that contain features that many commercial presses cannot handle. Choosing the proper settings when outputting a PDF are vital if you want your job to print without issues.
What is your big design differentiator?
PRICE. We offer some of the very best graphic design rates in the industry. At the same time we provide you with our top notch printing services. You will save money with us and get the quality you require. Another major benefit to you of our printing and design services is our professional review of your work.
What is your Printing Guarantee?
Printing By Design guarantees your project will be free from any defect in workmanship that will materially affect your project, or we will run it again. ABSOLUTELY FREE.
If we fail to accurately reproduce your graphic design to match the proof, by PIA standards, we shall print your piece again. ABSOLUTELY FREE.
Be aware that variances occur from press to press, and even paper to paper and most times there will be noticeable variances from what your desk top printer can reproduce as compared to a printing press. While we guarantee our printing will be free from defects, we cannot guarantee that the color will be exactly what you are expecting.
If your job is color critical, please request a digital color proof and/or a press check to make sure that your digital files will output the colors you are expecting before printing the full product run.
Professionally Designed Collateral Are Cost Effective Selling Tools.
Give us the chance to show you how we will help make your printing project the success you know it should be. On time. On budget. At the quality you require. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.