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Frequently Asked Questions

 


Are there any jobs too small for GCI?

No. We can print anything from the simplest business letterhead to the most complex annual report.


Can you give me a custom quote?

Yes! Graphic Communications is a full service commercial printer that is able to handle all of your printing needs. If you have a project and would like to receive a free quote, just go to our estimate/quote page and we will send you a timely quote.


Can I get free samples?

Absolutely! Just fill out our request form, found here!


What is your normal turnaround time?

Although GCI can adjust lead time to meet your needs, our non-rush turnaround time is between 7 and 10 days.


What do I need to supply with my job?

Color separated and comp lasers; folding dummies; fonts, all placed art and original art files.


What bindery options do you have?

Here's a list of our standard binding methods . If you are unsure which method is best for you, a Graphic Communications service representative will be happy to discuss this with you.

Saddle Stitched: Suitable for books with 80 pages or less. The press sheets are folded in half and stapled on the spine. Most magazines use this bindery method.

Perfect Bound: For books with more than 40 pages. This is the most common binding method for the self publisher. The pages are stacked and glued. They are then glued to the inside of the cover. Paperback books use this method.

Case Bound: Books wrapped in cloth and foil stamped on the cover and spine. This method requires a minimum of 80 pages. This is more expensive but also more durable than perfect binding. Hard cover books use this method.

Plastic coil: Much like metal spiral binding but made with a more durable plastic coil. This is suitable for books with up to 250 sheets and the coil is available in a number of standard colors.

Wire-O: A professional looking mechanical binding method that is available in 3 standard colors. This method uses a double loop of coated metal. It is suitable for books with up to 250 sheets.


Can you scan previously printed materials?

A:Yes. Results are usually very good depending on enlargement or reduction factors as well as copy quality.


What is "Offset Printing"?

We think Wikipedia’s definition is as good as any: "Offset printing is a commonly used printing technique where the inked image is transferred (or 'offset') from a plate to a rubber blanket, then to the printing surface. When used in combination with the lithographic process, which is based on the repulsion of oil and water, the offset technique employs a flat (planographic) image carrier on which the image to be printed obtains ink from ink rollers, while the non-printing area attracts a water-based film (called 'fountain solution'), keeping the non-printing areas ink-free."

(From Wikipedia, for further reading: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Offset_printing )

That may sound a little complicated but it’s the traditional, ink-on-paper printing presses like the one pictured here. Prior to 10 years ago, all the books, magazines, newspapers, business cards and ketchup bottle labels were printed this way.  Offset printing is generally used for large print runs—thousands of copies and up.


What is "Digital Printing"?

Let’s go to Wikipedia again: "Digital printing refers to methods of printing from a digital based image directly to a variety of media. It usually refers to professional printing where small run jobs from desktop publishing and other digital sources are printed using large format and/or high volume laser or ink jet printers."

(From Wikipedia, for further reading: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_printing)

That almost implies that a digital press is nothing more than a color laser printer—and there’s a vast difference. Though most digital presses use laser printer-like technology, they produce much higher-quality images, at much greater speeds, on professional-class papers, with in-line varnishing and binding. A lawn-mower and Lexus both have internal combustion engines, but they aren’t really the same class of vehicles.  Also, digital presses are generally for shorter print runs—1000 copies and under. This guideline can be broken if some of the unique capabilities of digital printing are needed—but we’ll get to that in the next article!


Which prints faster, digital or conventional?

That depends on the size of your project. If you need a relatively few number of copies, then generally digital presses are faster. However, for larger runs offset can be much faster. Speak with your Graphic Communications customer service representative to find the fastest solution for your job.


Which type of printing is cheaper?

That depends on the size of your project. If you need a relatively few number of copies, then generally digital presses are cheaper. For larger runs, offset is cheaper. Speak with your Graphic Communications customer service representative to find the most cost-effective solution for your job.


What is Print-On-Demand (POD)?

Wikipedia says: "Print on demand (POD) is a printing technology and business process in which new copies of a book (or other document) are not printed until an order has been received. "Print on Demand" developed only after digital printing began, because it was not economical to print single copies using traditional printing technology such as letterpress and offset printing."

(From Wikipedia, for further reading: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Print_on_demand)

This means a publisher can submit their book or document to us and we store it. When, and only when a copy is needed does it get printed.

Have you ever found after a print run that you need a few more copies? Do you have hundreds of leftover books from over-ordering? POD can help. After a traditional print run, we keep your files. If you find later that you need a few more, we can produce as few as one copy, cost-effectively, by printing digitally with Print-On-Demand.


What is Variable Data Printing (VDP)?

Once again we'll go to Wikipedia: "Variable-data printing (VDP) (also known as variable-information printing (VIP) or VI) is a form of digital printing, including on-demand printing, in which elements such as text, graphics and images may be changed from one printed piece to the next, without stopping or slowing down the printing process and using information from a database or external file[1]. For example, a set of personalized letters, each with the same basic layout, can be printed with a different name and address on each letter. Variable data printing is mainly used for direct marketing, customer relationship management, advertising, invoicing and applying addressing[2] on selfmailers, brochures or postcard campaigns."

(From Wikipedia, for further reading: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Variable_data_printing)

If you have a project that needs variable elements, contact GCI today!


How do I send files to GCI? FTP?

You can send individual files via our upload page found here. If you need full FTP capability, talk to a customer service representative for our FTP address and personalized account information.