Commercial printing I: Understand your printing options

The right printing option for your publication depends on your schedule, budget and your publication's graphics

Choose the right type of printing for your publication. In Publisher 2007, you can print your publication to a desktop printer or prepare it to take to a commercial printer. Find out if commercial printing is best for your publication.

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About this course

This course includes:

  • One self-paced lesson.

  • A Quick Reference Card you can take away from the course.


After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Understand how commercial printing works.

  • Understand the different types of commercial printing.

  • Decide which type of printing is best for your publication.

  • Know what to discuss with your printer to successfully prepare your publication for printing.

Before you begin

This is the first course in a five-course series about preparing a publication for commercial printing.

When you've completed this course, go on to Commercial printing II: Publisher and color printing.

Topics in this course

  1. Is commercial printing right for your publication?

  2. What is commercial printing?

  3. How offset printing works

  4. Commercial printing and digital prepress

  5. Decide whether offset printing or quick copy is best for you

  6. Find out from your printer what you need to know before you start your publication

  7. Quick reference card

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