The Printing Process
Our staff can produce anything from a business card to a book with hundreds of pages. There are no charges for our design and lay-out services. When you begin to plan your project or at any time during the design and proofing process, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to assist you.
Step 1: Planning & Designing
Planning the job may be the most critical stage of the printing process. The Office of Publications and Design Services should be notified of any major printing request as soon as the customer becomes aware of the need. We can advise you in selecting the most appropriate and economical printing or copying method. We can also answer your questions regarding cost estimates, completion dates, and billing.
It is the customerís responsibility to obtain all copyright releases. If a copyright law is broken, the customer and the printer may be held responsible. Any question regarding copyright privileges may cause a job to be delayed until clarification is obtained.
Step 2: Copy Preparation
Electronic files may be submitted on either a CD or USB drive or attached to an email addressed to email@example.com. Please make sure your disk is labeled with your contact information, the file name and date. In the printing industry a Macintosh computer environment is standard. Files can be furnished to us either as MS Word text files, which will be used in the design process, or properly-saved pdf files that we can send directly to print. When we begin a job we will need:
- Publications & Design Services Order Form
- CD or USB drive with text document in MS Word
- Sample of the job or dummy of how the finished product should appear
- Original artwork or photographs either in print format or as a digital file
After all copy and artwork is in place, the customer will receive a proof for final approval. Proofing is the customerís responsibility and any changes after the final proof may result in additional expense.
Step 3: Press & Bindery
Publications & Design Services produces high-quality printed products up to 12" x 18", which can be either one-color or multicolor. Bindery services include folding, collating, stitching, padding, and coil binding. Additional bindery services can be completed off-campus, such as numbering, die-cutting, laminating, and perfect binding.