- Custom Printing
Starting a new business? Having a baby? Getting married? You're probably thinking about having something custom printed to suit the occasion. At Two Hands Paperie we can help you with layout, design, and printing of your project. There's a lot to think about before the printing can actually happen. We've assembled some information that we hope you will find helpful as you venture into the process. Please email us or call the store at 303-444-0124 for more information or to set up a free consultation.For more information about available printing styles, see our Printing Styles information page.
#1 Give yourself time. So many people put the process off to the last minute and it is not a process you want to rush. If you're going to make the effort to have something printed you want it to be done right…the first time. For example 6-8 weeks is the minimum time usually required to create a simple wedding invitation from start to finish. The print process you choose and the company that will be doing the printing determines the time frame, not to mention the number of proofs required to finalize the design.
#2 Have an idea about what you are looking for. Bring in magazine clippings or sketches of your vision so we guide through the options. If you don't know, come into the store and browse our books anytime to be inspired.
#3 Do you have a printing budget? We can guide you in a direction that will work for any budget. For instance if you love the look of traditional engraving, but can't afford it let's look at thermography instead. It may give you the look and feel you are after and fit your price range.
#4 Know the quantity you need and make sure you order some extras. It costs much more money to do a reorder than to increase the quantity. Remember that for invitations the quantity required is less than the number of people you are actually inviting. Average minimum quantities usually start at 50 and increase in increments of 25. The cost goes down per piece the more that is ordered. Much of the cost that you are paying goes to design time and print set-up so increasing the quantity once you order more than 75 is fairly reasonable.
#5 Make an appointment before you come to the store to place an order. There's a lot to go over in the ordering process. Some people require multiple visits to place an order. We like to make sure we can devote our full attention to you when placing an order. Simply call or email us to make an appointment.
#6 It's best to order all your printed items at the same time when possible. By doing this you can save money on proof fees and shipping costs.
#7 Did I mention giving yourself time? Printing cannot begin until the design has been approved. All print companies count printing time required to do the printing from the day the proof is signed. Average turnaround time from proof approval is 14 business days (weekends and holidays do not count). Once the job is printed ship time needs to be added too. As you can see there are a lot of things to factor in and that all adds up. Rush orders are not always an option because it depends on the company's print schedule. If the company is able to rush the order it will increase the cost of the order significantly.
#8 Planning to use a photograph? Make sure the resolution is high enough. Your image needs to be 300 pixels per inch at the size you want it printed. If a professional photographer owns the rights to the image make sure you have permission to use it.
#9 Read over your digital proof and pass it on. Once your order has been placed you will receive a digital proof within a few business days. This is for you to check layout, spelling, dates, etc. Always have someone else review it too. Yes, we've had people approve misspelled names and the wrong dates for their events, so it is very important to go over it with a fresh set of eyes and a fine tooth comb.
#10 You know what to expect when you order through our shop versus an online site. We have physical examples to show you. It may not be your exact design, but you will have a sense of what you can expect from our print vendors. We've heard many times that people were disappointed in the quality of the printing when working with an online retailer because what they saw on screen looked better than what they held in their hands.