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16 May 10 How to find a good Digital Printing Service

Written by: bikram

In the past few years the quality of spectrum digital printing has gone up several notches. Not just the quality of printing has improved, but so has the process of printing, hence it is imperative for you to decide before hand about the kind of printing services you want to avail, and how much are you willing to pay for it.

Once the above parameter is set, you need to do some quality check so that the sweetness of memory you have captured in the pictures does not get soured by the low quality of print’s output. You need to determine certain things before you give any company the responsibility to print your memories on pieces of papers.

For home users

Before finalizing a spectrum digital printing service provider, always keep in mind that it is not just the photos that you are sending for print, it is a piece of memory that you want the digital printing company to cut up on the finest piece of paper. If you approach a printing company with this mindset then you definitely will succeed in finding a good Digital Printing service provider.

For business users

You should adopt the same approach that has been suggested above for home users when searching for offset printing services providing companies. This helps you keep your needs and requirement in the center while deciding on a printing company. It also saves you from getting lured by the freebies and frills offered by the printing company, which in fact, will not do you any good if your business suffers because of the bad quality of printed marketing materials (flyers, business cards, brochures, and catalog, etc.).

Printing Services Checklist

Personal or business, whatever kind of printing requirements you have, you should first filter the available options using the questions written below before you choose a company for your printing job.

  • For how long the printing company is in business?
  • What kinds of printing services do the company offers?
  • Are the technicians employed by the printing company qualified enough?
  • What kind of paper will the company use?
  • Does it have experience in printing the kind of work you have?
  • Can the service provider show you the work it has done in the recent past?
  • Is the company charging too much?
  • Can the high price be justified by the quality of printing it provides?
  • Which image format (TIF, TIFF, JPG, EPS, AI, PSD, or PDF) does it accept?
  • What color modes does the company accept?
  • And what image resolution does the company accept? Does it matches with the image you have?
  • How many days will the company take to complete the assignment?
  • What kind of clients does the printing company has? (This question becomes more important, if you are looking for an offset printer to get your marketing materials printed.)
  • Can the company give reference to any known business unit in your locality that has used its services? (This is also important for business users).
  • Does the company offer image enhancement and photo optimization services?
  • How Far is the printing company from your location? If the unit is far away, will it offer pick-up and drop?
  • Can you send large images files in e-mail attachments?

The Digital Printing service provider that passes the test with maximum “yeses” should be given the preference. This test is very important; therefore, I will suggest searching the Internet for reviewers who reviews Printing Services, if you cannot find time to run the company through the checklist yourself.

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