When it comes to getting your ducks in a row to speed up your printing process, there are three key things you need to know.
Here are the three critical steps to take along your journey to getting your content from ideation to print publication.
1. Work backwards from the date you need your materials
The first thing you need to do is nail down the date you need your materials. From there, you can work backwards to determine everything else.
Say you need your printed materials delivered no later than October 1. The next thing you need to iron out is locating a shipping dock to receive your materials (preferably one that gives you several days’ wiggle room to receive and hold your materials). Give yourself enough time to make sure the shipment is accepted without complication.
If you are opting for a third party receiver, make sure you have the location’s phone number and contact information to pass along to your printing partner. This will decrease the possibility of logistical confusion between ordering and receiving.
2. Get clear on your shipping details
Next, determine the best way to ship your materials.
Your printing partner will need the shipping account information, along with any special shipping information that might impact your order.
Let your printing partner know the quantity of materials to be shipped, since this can affect the route taken to get your materials where they need to go (over 300 pounds can be sent by freight).
3. Finalize your print files
Lastly, ensure all final edits have been made and implemented into the files you’re preparing to send.
Don’t rush the process of reviewing your files. Carefully go through your copy, design choices, and get a second (or third!) set of eyes to sign off on what you send over to be published.
Remember: once your materials are in print, there’s no changing them!
Separate your cover files and back files if your content is designed to be printed on two different kinds of paper, and include the cover and the back if they are on the same stock.
Once you complete a final review of your files, send them along to your printing partner.
Congratulations—your printed materials are on their way to your door!
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