Booklet Printing Tips

A successful booklets printing project involves proper planning, use of correct tools, an adequate budget, use of the most appropriate paper sizes, with adequate proof reading. A booklet is an economical way of conveying a message to an existing client, or a potential customer. It is much smaller in number of pages and size in comparison with a report, and can be easily carried around for a quick read. A common mistake is to print booklets in-house, instead of using professional printing services, which, with a bit of research, can be very affordable.

Make a Test Booklet

When designing and making your booklet, it goes without saying, that you should print out a test copy before sending the work to a professional print firm. Booklets are put together by stacking together the printed pages, then folding them in to half, and binding the pages along the fold. In other words, each page is divided in to two when creating it in the word processor, and then each half is filled with text. Complicating things further, the back and front of each single printed sheet has text. Therefore, each printed sheet has four different pages of text. They should be made in a way that when the pages are arranged, they will form sequential page numbering. This makes it utterly important to make a test print before ordering a mass printing of the booklet.

Use a Professional Booklet Printing Service

After designing and making corrections to your booklet, do not mass produce it in-house. This may lead to sub-standard looking booklets. There are many cheap and affordable professional local copy shop printing services that you can use to make high quality booklets. Besides the high quality outcome, you also keep the overall costs low, on top of the convenience that comes with this. All you need to do is create a master copy of your booklet and save it on a CD or flash disk. Then take this to your local printing shop. Alternatively, you can email the copy to them if they offer this option. Both ways, make sure to include your company name, the name of the word processor used to create the booklet, and the date with your master copy. If you wish to negotiate the printing cost, make sure to have a printed sample copy of the booklet to act as a visual aid.

Standard Paper Sizes are Best

To further save on costs, use standard paper sizes for your printing. Custom paper sizes are available, but at extra costs. To get the custom sizes, the printed paper must be cut. Most print shops will charge per cut, thus making this very expensive. This is so because the process is frustrating and time consuming. Standard paper sizes eliminate this need for cutting, as well as the mailing inconveniences, if the booklet is to be delivered or distributed via snail mail. All said, a professional booklet printing service is convenient, cheap, fast and simply the best option, compared to printing at home/office.

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