Magazine Printing

Printing by Design is one of the best magazine printers in the country, and in addition to helping you with your magazine printing needs, we also offer outstanding design services and low bulk mailing rates.


Superior Magazine Printing Service

Magazine Printing is our specialty. You will benefit from our extensive publishing expertise and knowledge when you print your magazine with us. Top quality printing presses, assured press checks and value added bulk mailing services will help assure your publication’s success.


Guaranteed Quality

When magazine printing, we guarantee our workmanship so that the quality of your final product will be free of press defects that could sully your publication’s reputation. Our presses will deliver a magazine that will standout on the rack.

Magazine Printing That's Affordable

If you can’t afford it, it doesn’t matter how good it is. That’s why we offer the best in-class pricing on magazine printing, binding and bulk mailing. Give us a chance to quote your next magazine printing job and find out how much you can save.

Publish Your Magazine with Confidence

Our online printers will deliver your magazine printing project right the very first time! Printing By Design will make sure that your magazine printing job is always correctly prepped to work on press, resulting in a professional magazine that stands out from the rest.

When you chose to print your magazine with Printing By Design, you can be assured of:

  • Value. You won’t pay a penny more than necessary as we make sure your job is correct BEFORE it gets on press and that the press your job runs on is the correct one for your magazine’s specifications.
  • Quality. Not only will your job be printed to the industry’s highest standards, but your magazine will receive first class bindery service that results in a very professional quality publication.
  • Expediency. Your magazine is very important to us, and you can be confident that it will receive the attention it deserves in order to get it out the door by deadline. We even offer rush processing when you’re behind schedule and under the gun.

What Our Customers Are Saying

Still not sure about printing your magazine with Printing By Design? Let some of our customers do the talking!

“Reliable, fast service with top-notch results… PBD gets the headaches; I get the magazine product… what more could I ask?”

Chris Moran

Editor, EGL Enterprises, Inc.

“…we’re super happy with the magazine, it’s beautiful—thanks so much! As you know, we were totally new to the printing game and it was really great working with you, you were always very helpful and available.”
Gabriel Mathews

Occidental College, CA

“Why go anywhere else?? …experience, knowledge, pricing, and above all their printing service… PBD takes my account seriously and bends over backwards to accommodate my needs.”

Rick Ojeda

REO Entertainment

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Frequently Asked Magazine Questions

Does Your Company Offer Web Press or Sheet Fed Printing?

Both. Why; because you definitely can benefit from price and efficiency by using the appropriate type of printing press. For smaller page counts and print runs, you want to utilize a sheet fed press. Sheet fed presses run one parent sheet through the press at a time, and (with our larger 40-inch press) can run up to sixteen, 8.5″ x 11″ pages per signature or form. Therefore, on the sheet fed press, we can comfortably and cost effectively print up to 10,000 magazines of up to 32 pages.
For larger page counts or run sizes we would put your magazine on one of our commercial web presses. The primary reasons are speed and the fact that these web printing presses utilize roll paper stock which, cost averaged by page, is much cheaper on large runs. Additionally, they automatically can fold the printed signatures inline as they come off the press so there is one less step in the printing process.

What is the Quality Difference Between Press Types?

Generally speaking, magazine printing with a sheet fed press that runs more slowly and, in most cases, with a higher line screen, will generally offer a better print quality than web presses.

That said our web presses are heat-set web presses, which will provide better quality than printing companies that only offer cold-set web presses, even when the line screen is equal. This is because heat-set presses can use coated paper stock which allows the ink to sit on top of the paper, providing crisper text and images.

Those commercial printing companies utilizing non heat-set web presses will produce magazines that have less sharp text and images, due to the fact that ink sinks into the uncoated paper and has a tendency to spread.

What type of magazine bindery services do you offer?

There are essentially two types of bindery styles for magazines: Saddle stitched and perfect bound. The saddle stitching has two staples through the center of the spine, while the perfect bound is glued with a squared off back, similar to a paperback book.

What magazine paper choices do you offer?

All types. However, what paper to choose has more to do on the intended audience of your publication and your budget, as paper is a major component of a magazine’s printing cost.

There are multiple factors regarding papers used to be aware of. One is the weight of the paper, as when you buy paper you are paying by the pound. That said, you always want to be sure you are not going too light with the cover or outer signature, for as you can mix the weights you do not want the post office to tear your magazine when delivering.

Another way of controlling your budget is by choosing different and potentially lower, paper grades. For a very high end publication, a grade 1-2 paper stock would be appropriate. Standard stock would be a grade 3, which is what most presses use today. However, if you are selling inexpensive widgets and are therefore on a limited budget, you probably would best be served choosing a lesser grade, such as a 4 or 5. These grades have ground wood pulp in them and are less refined.

Alternative offset or alternative newsprint stocks is still is a good looking paper at a good price, and thus a good option for controlling your magazine’s printing costs.

Why Is Page Count Important in Controlling Costs?

When printing magazines, page count plays a significant role in press efficiency. This is especially true if your quantity dictates utilizing a web press for printing rather than a sheet fed press, as pages are passed through at a much greater speed and on giant rolls of paper rather than sheets. While paper rolls equate to a lower cost per printed page than individual sheets of paper, the rolls themselves are very expensive. You want to make sure to utilize as much of the roll as possible in order to avoid purchasing more rolls than absolutely necessary.

One of the most important things to consider when trying to stay in budget, is how many press signatures you are using. If the web press your magazine is running maxes out with a 16-page signature (also called form) or a 32-page signature, then to control your printing costs you want to utilize the full signature whenever possible.

When you break up a signature, especially in web printing, you are creating a less efficient run. This is because you may be running three 16-page signatures plus a double eight page signature for a total of 56 pages. If you instead ran four 16-page signatures for a total of 64 pages, your overall price per issue may be a bit more, but your unit price per page will be less. If your unit cost per page is less, you can sell advertising on those pages for less, therefore making it easier to sell more ad space.

What is your big printing differentiator?

PRICE. Our magazine printing rates are some of the very best  in the industry. At the same time we are also providing you with our top notch printing services. You will save money with us and still get the high quality you magazine printing that you require. Another major benefit to you of our magazine printing services is our professional review of your work, as we always endeavor to place your magazine printing job on the best and most efficient printing press for your project.

What is Your Printing Guarantee?

Printing By Design guarantees your magazine 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 magazine 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 magazine printing will be free from defects, we cannot guarantee that the color will be exactly what you are expecting.

If your magazine printing 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.

Don't Delay. Your Magazine's Deadline is Fast Approaching.

Give us the chance to show you how we will help make your magazine 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.