Printing: Choose between desktop, copy shop, and commercial printing

Different printing projects can require different printing methods. For example, printing to a desktop printer is inexpensive if you need only a few copies. Because the cost per copy doesn't decrease with the increase in the number of copies on a desktop printer, printing projects that require many copies can be less expensive when done by copy shops or commercial printers.

Besides cost, consider also quality, schedule, paper, and binding and finishing options.

Choose among desktop, copy shop, and commercial printing

Use the following table to help you determine which printing method your publication requires. Also discuss your project with the printing professional in a copy shop or commercial printing service. The services that are offered will vary.

Options

Characteristics

Desktop

Copy shop

Commercial printing

Quantity

1-50 copies

x

25-500 copies

x

200 or more copies

x

x

Schedule

Need it in minutes

x

?

Need it in hours

x

Need it in a day or more

x

Paper

Limited stock, sizes

x

x

Wide range of sizes, weights, finishes

x

Binding, finishing

Limited to pre-cut or pre-made labels

x

x

Simple binding, folding

x

Special-purpose inks, such as metallic and varnish

?

x

Capabilities vary widely by printer

x

Note   Some printing issues may be specific to the type of desktop printer. For help with those issues, consult the manual for your printer.

Applies To: Publisher 2010, Publisher 2016 Preview, Publisher 2007, Publisher 2013



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