Beginner’s Guide to Printing

Printing methods
There are five main techniques you could use to print your information. To choose the one that is best for your job, you will need to think about how much money you have to spend, how many copies you need, the type of artwork you have, what kind of image you want to get across, and what kind of quality you want.

Black & white printing / photocopying
Best for small numbers of copies.

Colour printing / photocopying
Cost-effective if you are doing a small number of copies, rather than thousands.

This is a very cheap and simple way to print larger numbers of copies in black & white, or with one or two colours. Uses wet ink.

Digital print
Most commercial printers have colour digital presses, which are good for full colour work if you need hundreds or thousands of copies.

Offset litho
If you are doing a long run of a black & white document, you may want a commercial printer with an offset litho press.

It is worth phoning round several printers to get quotes. Here’s a list of local printers recommended by other groups, as a place to start.


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