You've done your research, made your purchases, and taken a deep breath. Now it's time to jump in: you're moving your production printing in-house! Congratulations! This transition is a smart one: it lowers your turnaround times, gives you more control over your printing process end-to-end, and makes your printing cheaper. But now what? You may be a little overwhelmed thinking about the many hats you'll be wearing as the sole printer for your own in-office print shop, but there's no reason to panic. Here's how to get the most out of your production printer.
In-House Production Printer Best Practices
There are three basic tenants to digital production printing that you should keep in mind as you learn how to run your new printer. These foundations are calibration, media, and file integrity. Although it may seem like a lot to learn right now, we know you'll be able to pick up the basics of production printing quickly as you lay a foundation of basics.
In a nutshell, calibration stabilizes your printer's color production, giving you a test to make sure that you're not printing anything with defects. If you don't calibrate your machine, your printer will go, rogue, so to speak—not drastically, but enough to make sure its colors are unique. Today's production printers have automatic calibration built in, so this won't be an intense process.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to the types of media you can use with your new production printer. Research what will work best for your desired results—coated, uncoated, textured, envelopes, and more. Find what works for you and keep it safe from environmental hazards such as moisture and heat.
Finally, we need to take a look at file integrity: even a PDF can result in wonky fonts, text, and images. Make sure you're working with high-resolution images and check every bit of your file's printed results before hitting "go" on a 500-piece run.
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