Help me SAVE on my printing!

Help me SAVE on my printing!

Tips and tricks to save money by printing smarter and more efficiently.

The Perfect Size

Thinking about your page sizes can save you a bundle when you look at the big picture. Your price can change dramatically by a small, often unnoticeable, adjustment to the paper size. That limitation will depend on several factors such as the machine or stocks choices available, but most of the time you can count on a few standards. A quick call to Curry Print to discuss your options might save you a bundle!


Paper is Not All Created Equal

The first thing to know is that paper comes in standard sizes such as 8.5 inches by 11 inches (often refered to as Letter size), 17 inches by 11 inches (sometimes called Tabloid size, and is the size of two letter sheets next to each other), 8.5 inches by 14 inches (called Legal size), and a few others. Contrary to what you may think, 1000 sheets of 8.5 by 11 inch paper is not the same price as 500 sheets of 17 by 11 inch paper. What does cost the same usually is the cost to actually ink or toner onto that paper. When you consider the price difference of paper, and the added cost to cut your paper, you may or may not be saving money by printing on a larger sheet. Typically, the cost savings of doing this is on color prints and not on black/white prints.


The Cost of Bleeding

"Bleeding" is a printing term that refers to an image or color that comes in contact with the edge of the paper. To make this effect look right, your image or color has to extend slightly beyond the area where you expect to trim the page. That extra area beyond the paper margin (1/8th of an inch is preferred) is called the "Bleed".


Keeping in mind the common paper sizes, an image with bleed will require more of a margin and additional cutting to get your printing finished. For example, to print an 8.5 by 11 inch page and have a bleed, you will need to print in the middle of a 17 by 11 inch piece of paper so that you can fit in the additional 1/8 inch of bleed (1/4 inch when you combine both sides of the page) and at least another 1/4 inch for trim marks, and another 1/4 inch of white space beyond the trim marks to ensure they fit within the printable area. Curry Print stocks 18 by 12 inch paper to avoid this issue on many projects, by being able to allow for an 17 by 11 inch page with bleed or two 8.5 by 11 inch pages side by side, but the additional cost of cutting and the use of slightly more expensive 18 by 12 inch paper would still apply. 


Using the Most Real Estate

Finally, with the other considerations in mind, you can think about the imposition, or the way your final piece will repeat across the printed sheet. Most of the time you have a little room to play with the size of your job, and that little room can save or cost you big bucks. If you want to print a post card, a smaller 4 by 6 inch card with no bleed will be able to fit 6 up on an tabloid sheet while a 5 by 7 inch card will only fit 4.25 by 6.5 inch will only fit 4. That slight reduction adds up to a big price difference when your talking about 5000 or 10,000 cards. The 4 by 6 inch card will only take 834 sheets of paper to print 5,000, while the larger will have to print 1,250 to get that same amount of finished cards. 


Ask the Experts!

All of this may have you nodding off or eyes glossing over, but your friendly experts at Curry Print are always there to help you through the project and talk you through getting the most bang for your buck. Each print shop you talk to could have different standards or cost structures, but the principle of these tips will always save you money. Just ask us how we can Help You SAVE on Your Printing by adjusting the page size if you have a little flexibility in your printing.



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