5 Ways to Trim the Print Budget Without Compromising Results
8/17/2016

Want to get better results with a smaller investment? Try these simple tricks. 
 
1. Plan smart. Simple mistakes often can be avoided with a little planning.  Take time to communicate with us about your budget and deadlines, but also the more interpretive elements of the project so we can discuss any challenges we foresee.
 
2. Gang your runs. By placing many projects on the same sheet, or piggybacking on an unused portion of a sheet, we can reduce manpower, plates, and prep time.
 
3. Think "down the line.” Changes become more expensive the further along you are in the print job. Everyone who needs to approve your files should do so before you submit them for printing. Proofread your copy multiple times. Confirm that you’ve prepared your digital files properly, keeping in mind that the resolution of digital files varies greatly.

4. Tweak your paper. Paper can account for 30%–50% of your printing costs, and there are a number of cost-saving measures you can take without adversely affecting your results.  
  • Reduce the size and number of pages. By targeting and segmenting your mailings and information packets, you can often save a lot of money over time.
  • Use thinner paper. Changing the weight can save 10%–15% of your paper costs. 
  • Make subtle changes to brightness. Generally speaking, the brighter the paper, the higher the cost. But few people will notice a slight change in the brightness of your paper, so this is often somewhere you can tighten the belt. 
  • Consider colored papers instead of bleeds. You may be able to create the effect you want less expensively with colored paper instead of ink.    
  • Opt for the house paper. Paper prices fluctuate often, but you can save time and money by using papers we purchase in high volume. Ask us for samples.  
  
5. Remember that boring is your friend. When it comes to print production, you want your print job to be uneventful once it hits the press room. To make this happen, talk to us early and often!

Need more money-saving ideas? Give us a call!


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