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5 Factors to Consider when Choosing a Printing Company

When choosing a printing company, your objective is to find the one that best aligns with your specific goals and unique needs. With that in mind, below are five factors to consider when searching for...

Avoiding the Rush: Five Recommendations for Meeting your Project's Deadline

Let's face it, rush orders are stressful. Even though everyone tries their best to plan ahead, rush situations will still happen from time to time. The good news is that most commercial printers will make every effort to hit your...

The Ultimate Strategy for Self-Promotion? Share your Knowledge in a Printed Book!

An Entrepreneur signs a copy of his book for a new client If you are looking to promote yourself and your business, there is no better way to gain instant credibility than by writing a book. A well-written book sets you apart from the...

Book Printing: 5 Ways to make Manuals and Handbooks More User-Friendly

Many businesses and organizations print manuals and handbooks to provide guidance on a variety of topics. Common examples include the following: Training and Instruction Manuals Repair, Maintenance and Technical...

Does Your Business use Handwritten Forms? Explore the Improved Function and Convenience of Padded Forms in a Wraparound Cover

Carbonless forms (aka NCR forms) provide a quick and inexpensive method for creating multiple copies of an original document. This is why carbonless technology is very popular in the world of business, particularly for handwritten forms that are...

Book Printing: Five Ways to Help Your Book Stand Out

As a printer of books, we are often asked about various ways to add distinction to a medium or long run book project. More specifically, which features will provide a unique look without adding a lot of extra cost. Below are five ideas...

Book Printing: Five Tips for adding Page Numbers to your Book's Artwork File

When it comes to adding page numbers to a book's content, there are few absolute rules. However, there are some widely-accepted practices that professionals use when creating the artwork layout for a printed book… 1) Make sure odd...

Avoid these 8 Common Mistakes when Creating Artwork Files for Print

Submitting print-ready files helps prevent costly delays Creating a print-ready layout requires strong attention to detail as well as a working knowledge of the printing process. Of course, nobody intends to submit a problematic file, but...

Does Your Company Operate a Fleet of Vehicles? Here Are Seven Tips for Creating a Durable and Easy-to-Use Driver Handbook…

Companies that operate a large fleet of trucks, buses, vans, or cars often print a handbook or reference guide for their drivers. This bound document is usually kept in the vehicle and contains a variety of important information. Topics...

Creating and Printing Quick Reference Materials

As the name implies, quick reference materials provide ready access to information about specific topics. Created to save time and improve efficiency, quick reference materials condense detailed content into a brief format. Virtually every...

Book Printing: 5 Tips for Laying out the Cover of a Perfect Bound Book

A stack of Perfect Bound books in a variety of sizes and thicknesses Perfect Bound Books are one of the most popular styles of softcover books. This binding style offers a very professional appearance for a relatively low cost. Also, short...

The Practical Alternative to Folded Restaurant Menus

A practical alternative to a Folded restaurant menu is to create the menu as a spiral bound Booklet, with each page encapsulated in a thick plastic laminate. The menu opens and closes very easily and will lie perfectly flat…plus it is entirely...

Book Printing: 5 Tips for making Pocket-Sized Books more User Friendly

Pocket-Sized Books offer a cost-effective option for sharing printed information. The smaller dimensions not only result in a lower printing cost than a full-sized book, the compact format makes it easier to distribute the books by hand or...

Booklet Layout: How to Arrange the Pages of a Saddle-Stitched Booklet

Most booklets are created with the Saddle-Stitch binding method. This method uses printed sheets that are folded and nested one inside the other and then stapled through the fold line with wire staples. The staples pass through the folded...

Printing a Book? Here's a Checklist of the Specifications your Printer will Need

Books, like all printing projects, are made-to-order. This is because each book project is unique and created for a particular purpose. Your printer refers to the unique characteristics of your book project as Specifications or "Specs". ...

Offset vs Digital…which is a Better Fit for your Book Printing Project?

A variety of factors determine if your specific book project is better suited for Offset production or Digital production Whether you are printing a book, manual, catalog, or other multi-page document, you will likely have a choice between...

Save Money on Long Run Brochures, Flyers, and Direct Mail Pieces

These inked images appear as a blur as they fly through a high-speed printing press. In the realm of printing, saving time equates to saving money. The purpose of promotional literature - such as brochures, flyers, and direct mail pieces - is...

The Cost-Effective Alternative to Hardcover: Long-Lasting Softcover Books

Looking for strong and durable books without the high price of hardcover? Consider Softcover books made with PUR binding adhesive and a laminated cover. Hardcover books, also known as hardback or hardbound books, have a reputation for...

PUR Perfect Binding: Five Book Projects that Benefit from PUR Adhesive

PUR Adhesive is the most durable and flexible book binding glue available Polyurethane Reactive (PUR) is an adhesive used in book binding. It is the most durable and flexible book binding glue available. PUR adhesive is most commonly...

Custom-Printed Labels: Here's What Your Printer Needs to Know…

Custom labels are one of the most diverse printed products available. They can be created in virtually any size, shape or color, and can be constructed using a variety of materials, adhesives and coatings. Sometimes referred to as stickers,...

Why Digital Printing is the Affordable Choice for Short Run Books

On Short Production Runs, Digital Printing offers a Lower Cost per Book than traditional Offset Printing As a general rule, digital printing offers a lower unit cost than offset printing for short production runs, like 200 or 300 books. This...

Book Printing: Use Page Dividers with Custom Tabs for Quick Indexing

Page Dividers with Index Tabs allow quick referencing for Manuals, Handbooks, Proposals and Presentations Page dividers with custom-printed index tabs provide an easy way to organize a bound document into logical sections. The tabs...

Presentation Folder Printing: Add Distinction with Creative Pocket Designs

The Interior Pockets of this Presentation Folder use Colorful Die-Cut Shapes to Add Distinction and Stimulate Interest A Presentation Folder, sometimes referred to as a Pocket Folder or Portfolio, is a high-quality folder used to distribute...

Multi-Language Instruction Sheets: Conserve Space with Miniature Folding

Multi-Language Product Instructions can be Printed on a Single Sheet of Paper and then Mini-Folded to Conserve Space As American manufacturers expand into markets outside the United States, the need arises for product information to be...

Catalog and Manual Printing: Saddle Stitched or Perfect Bound?

Saddle Stitching (left) vs Perfect Binding (right) Catalogs, manuals and most other multi-page documents used in business are generally produced with one of two popular binding methods: Saddle Stitching or Perfect Binding. Saddle Stitched...

Promotional Printing: Use Magnetic Dry Erase Boards as Marketing Tools

Custom-Printed Dry Erase Memo Boards are an Economical way to Promote your Company or Organization If you are looking for a highly-useful marketing tool, a custom-printed dry erase memo board is a great promotional gift for current and...

Tips for Creating and Printing Effective Training Manuals

Creating a Training Manual that is Effective and Cost Efficient is a goal of many Organizations As a commercial printer, I have printed a wide variety of Training Manuals for all types of businesses and organizations. These include Sales...

Book Printing: How to Protect & Enhance the Cover of your Printed Book

Are you planning to have some books printed? Did you know you can protect and enhance the appearance of your book by having a clear coat finish applied to the cover? A clear coat helps protect the ink and paper against most smudges and scuffs...

Printing a Catalog? Here's Six Things Your Printer Will Need to Know

Many companies print and distribute catalogs to showcase their company and offerings. Well-designed catalogs, or catalogues, are easy to use and provide a systematic and aesthetically-pleasing arrangement of products and services. They...

Direct Mail Marketing: Let your Printer do the Mailing!

Planning a direct mail campaign for your business or organization? Instead of mailing the printed pieces yourself, use a printer that can create the pieces and do the mailing for you. This applies to just about any printed piece, from promotional...

Design Options for Effective Presentation Folders

A well-designed Presentation Folder helps promote your organization's professional identity In addition to providing an organized way to assemble sales literature and other client focused documents, a presentation folder is a fantastic...

Printing a Book? Here's a Quick Checklist of Info your Printer will Need

When you are ready to print a book, you'll need to relay the following printing and binding information to your printer… Don't worry if you are unsure of any of these specifications, your printer can help guide you. Quantity - How...

Brochure Printing: 5 Important Tips for Effective Brochure Content

In our last article, we talked about the importance of identifying the purpose and intended use of your brochure before developing its content. In case you missed that article, click here to read it: "The First 5 Steps to Creating an Effective...

Brochure Printing: The First 5 Steps to Creating an Effective Brochure

Content Can Wait… Address these 5 Questions First In my experience, when people set out to create a Brochure many of them focus on the content first. They begin by writing down the points they want to make in the brochure, or they start...

The Benefits of Business Card Magnets and Other Promotional Magnets

Market Your Services with Full Color Custom Magnets Custom printed magnets are affordable and effective marketing tools. They are a good value and highly effective because very few people ever throw them away. This keeps your name and...

Business Printing: Use Presentation Pocket Folders to Enhance Image

A Presentation Folder serves two functions. Its first function is very basic - to store and organize the documents used as part of a presentation. But storing and organizing documents is a task that can be accomplished by many other means, so why...

Direct Mail Campaigns: Make the Most of Your Postcard Printing

A Simple yet Compelling Offer with Contact Information Postcards are a very popular method of direct mail marketing. We all get them in our mailboxes frequently, which is a testament to their wide spread use and success. Postcards are...

Business Printing: Design Business Cards as Marketing Tools

Many times, the first impression you make to a prospective customer is from your Business Card. So naturally you want your business cards to project a positive image. But the real secret is to start viewing your business card as something other...

Book Printing: The Benefits of Short Run Printing / Print on Demand

For any organization or author that is looking to have some books printed, Short Run Printing and Print On Demand are popular concepts worth exploring. Considered by many to be interchangeable concepts, Short Run Printing and Print On Demand work...

Book Printing: What Info does a Printer need to Quote accurately?

Virtually all printing projects are made-to-order. This is because each printed piece is unique and created for a particular purpose. The purpose of the piece determines its characteristics. Your printer refers to the unique characteristics...

Printing Lingo: What do terms like 4/4, 4/1, 4/0, 1/1 and 1/0 mean?

Terms like 4/4 , 4/1, 4/0 etc. are a sort of printing industry shorthand to express how many ink colors are applied to each side of a printed piece. 4/4 is pronounced "four over four" and means there are four ink colors applied to the front...

No Longer a Luxury…Full Color Printing is a Necessity.

We've all come home to find some advertising attached to our front door. Sometimes it's nothing more than a plain black and white flyer, rolled up and hung on the knob with a rubber band. Other times it's a full color piece like a tri-fold...

Want to Save Money on Printing? Paper Size Matters.

In the United States, the world of printing pretty much revolves around the 8.5" x 11" sheet size. So as a rule of thumb, your printing costs will be lower when you design your pieces for printing on 8.5" x 11" paper. Other recommended sizes are...

Printing Lingo: PMS Spot Colors vs Process CMYK Colors

Some printing customers like to set up their own artwork files and I admire and welcome their desire to be a part of the creative process. However, we occasionally receive artwork files that have been designed with software that is not...

Buying Basics: Printed Books for Business

Sooner or later, anyone who buys Printing for an organization will likely encounter the need to order some kind of book, whether it is a catalog, manual, directory, etc. Because these are multi-page documents, books are naturally more involved...

A Quick Overview of Printed Business Envelopes

Business Envelopes come in many types and sizes, which are all designed to fulfill different functions. As a rule of thumb, most custom printed business envelopes are created by imprinting on blank stock envelopes. By imprinting on blank stock...

Printing Lingo: What does "Bleed" mean?

Of all the questions I am asked in a given week, questions about "Bleed" are definitely the most common. In printing, the term "Bleed" means that the ink coverage extends all the way to the edge of the paper. Examples of Ink Bleed on...

Printing Lingo: What does "Print On Demand" mean?

You may have heard the term "Print On Demand" and wondered what it was all about. Print On Demand refers to a printer's ability to produce books or other documents for a customer on an "as needed" basis. Print On Demand is currently popular...

You Can't Afford Not to Print in Full Color

In the last few years, the price of Full Color printing has dropped substantially. You might be amazed at how affordable it has become for everyday printing needs. Using the common business card example, these days you can get 1,000 business...

Welcome! from Formax Printing

Hello to all! My name is Keith Beaty, owner of Formax Printing Solutions in St. Louis, MO. Just about every company uses printed materials for operational and promotional purposes, so I started this blog to share some of my observations from the...

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Does an Outstanding Job

Formax Printing does an outstanding job printing anything and everything we send them. But the biggest reason I go to them time and again is the customer service. Our...

- Cynthia P, Primary & Secondary Education

We Consider Formax a Partner

We consider Formax a partner in every sense of the word. The staff is a pleasure to work with, and their attention to detail is greatly appreciated! Whether a large order...

- Becky R, Charitable Organization

They Exceed My Expectations

Formax knows everything about printing so I don’t have to. I have been working with them since 2000. As the Marketing Coordinator of a small company, I wear many...

- Cheryl M, Industrial Heating Equipment

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