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Ask RiotACT: Need to find a good offset printer in Canberra

By Benjamin Rose - 19 May 2016 9

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I’ll cut right to it. I’m making a large format (~A3 page sizes) photo-book with text that will be around forty pages in length with a hardcover and I want to know everyone’s experiences with offset printers in Canberra and I’d like to hear some recommendations for a good printer.

I’m trying to avoid digital printing as it would cost over $100 per copy as I’ve used Vistaprint to do some prototyping and that’s how much it cost to have made.

Really good photo reproduction is essential without an astronomical cost (I.e. Over $25 per copy)

Thanks in advance.

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Ask RiotACT: Need to find a good offset printer in Canberra
BenjaminRose1991 9:28 pm 20 May 16

Thanks everybody for the words of advice.

Mysteryman said :

Hi Benjamin,

Darren from Elect Printing here, I would be more than happy to have a chat with you and show you some samples of printing we can do for you. Once we determine your requirements, I can suggest your most economical way to produce your product.

Hi Darren! Thanks. I’ll contact you either Monday or Tuesday.

rommeldog56 said :

Take my advice, listen to Ezy, he knows what he’s talking about.

I’d say the Bytes’n’Colours option will be the most feasible and they can probably talk about some suitable alternate binding methods in the likely event the hard cover approach doesn’t work out.

You considered Vistaprint for this type of publication… lolwut!

Holden. I used Vistaprint to make a couple drafts to show my friends and get their feedback. I never considered using them to do a proper volume print run.

Masquara 8:01 pm 20 May 16

tooltime said :

So without knowledge of what sort of quantities you are after – another option is going digital. There are a couple of things you are going to have to sacrifice with going down the digital print route – mainly, the hardcover and the choice of paper stock. You can still end up with a heavy stock up to around 400gsm, and for 40 pages – it’s still going to be quite nice. You are going to have to find a printer that has an indigo printer. An indigo printer isn’t like a digital printer as it uses ink instead of toner – toner will sit on top of the paper whereas ink soaks into the paper which gives you that traditional printed look and feel. I use Satellite Digital for all of my indigo printing… http://www.satellitedigital.com.au

Locally, the best digital printers are Bytes + Colours http://www.bytesncolours.com.au

Digital isn’t suitable for books – you’ll get cracking along the spine, as digital colour doesn’t stick.

ElectPrinting 9:35 am 20 May 16

Hi Benjamin,

Darren from Elect Printing here, I would be more than happy to have a chat with you and show you some samples of printing we can do for you. Once we determine your requirements, I can suggest your most economical way to produce your product.

Holden Caulfield 9:25 am 20 May 16

Take my advice, listen to Ezy, he knows what he’s talking about.

I’d say the Bytes’n’Colours option will be the most feasible and they can probably talk about some suitable alternate binding methods in the likely event the hard cover approach doesn’t work out.

You considered Vistaprint for this type of publication… lolwut!

Ezy 8:18 am 20 May 16

So without knowledge of what sort of quantities you are after – another option is going digital. There are a couple of things you are going to have to sacrifice with going down the digital print route – mainly, the hardcover and the choice of paper stock. You can still end up with a heavy stock up to around 400gsm, and for 40 pages – it’s still going to be quite nice. You are going to have to find a printer that has an indigo printer. An indigo printer isn’t like a digital printer as it uses ink instead of toner – toner will sit on top of the paper whereas ink soaks into the paper which gives you that traditional printed look and feel. I use Satellite Digital for all of my indigo printing… http://www.satellitedigital.com.au

Locally, the best digital printers are Bytes + Colours http://www.bytesncolours.com.au

Masquara 6:10 pm 19 May 16

Elect Printing in Fyshwick. They specialise in small print jobs (though I agree with Ezy, you either need a big print run for offset OR pay a lot per copy for a shorter run. Offset printing is vastly superior to digital. Darren Muir is terrific.
(02) 6280 6925
112 Wollongong Street,
Fyshwick ACT 2609
d.muir@electprinting.com.au

rubaiyat 1:17 pm 19 May 16

Fat chance that you are going to get an offset printed A3 booklet printed for $25 each without printing thousands. The plates alone will set you back thousands. I imagine this is process color? Simple maths says over 40 plates depending how you gang them up, plus set-up, inking etc.

As to quality, that you pay for and It sounds like you do not have any experience with print/publishing and setting up jobs, not something that works straight out of the box for offset.

There is more latitude and auto-correction in digital printing but as has been pointed out that does not have the advantages of mass production that offset has.

Ezy 12:03 pm 19 May 16

It really depends on how many you are wanting to get printed – Offset printing is for high runs of 500+, so unless you are looking at this quantity then your going to be stuck with digital only.
Unfortunately the best offset printer in Canberra closed it’s doors recently (Paragon Printers). Other guys to try would be New Millennium Print…

Peter Smith 11:22 am 19 May 16

Hi. I recently had some work done at Create & Print in Phillip. I was really impressed with the quality and price. I’m not sure if they offer offset printing, but I’d suggest contacting Rod. If they can’t help I’m sure he will give you some recommendations.

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