If you’ve ever needed something professionally printed, whether for personal or business use, you’ll understand that choosing the right printer isn’t always a snap.
Not all printers offer the same services. Some specialise in short print runs and some large. Some offer digital printing services, some offset and some both. Many printers handle business cards, flyers, brochures, stationery, banners and reports, some don’t have the equipment to print specialised items, including in large format.
In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a professional printing services, and share where to find the best in Canberra.
What makes a great printer?
Choosing the right printer can give you confidence you’ll get your printed product by deadline and at the right price.
It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a professional printing service.
- Reputation. Research the printer’s reputation, including through online reviews. Ask the printer if you can talk to clients who have had the same printing needs. Check other facts online like the time they’ve been in business and if they’ve won awards.
- Pricing. It’s wise to get more than one quote so you pay the right price. When asking a printer to quote, do so by providing the same specifications to each one so you can confidently compare apples-to-apples.
- Service. Not all print jobs are urgent, but if yours is you’ll need to flag this with the printer upfront. Also ask about their service levels are and about their guarantees.
- Quality. You’ll want a printer who provides quality printing services, including colour matching, trimming and delivery. Check the printer’s website for the calibre of their clients and look at their gallery of work. You can also visit the printer to see printed samples.
- Advice. Printing can be confusing for the layperson with so many factors to consider, like paper stock and printing techniques. Choose a printer who gives easy-to-understand advice about how best to meet your printing needs within your budget.
The best printers in Canberra
RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.
To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.
Established in 1982, Instant Colour Press is locally owned and provides quality, efficient services for government departments, small businesses, large corporations, not-for-profits, schools and other organisations. Expert staff advise on all types of printing needs. Graphic design services are available. Instant Colour Press prints ‘green’.
Edmund Walker wrote on Google, “The service was excellent, and the production was of the highest standard. Staff were competent and friendly. Highly recommended!”
A boutique, family-owned and operated business, award-winning New Millennium Print specialises in small to medium print runs (single to multi-colour; digital and offset printing). Delivering quality printing with professional service, advice and competitive prices is New Millennium Print’s specialty.
Jim Jones wrote on the Riot Act, “+1 for New Millennium Print in Fyshwick. Great service and excellent product. I’ve used them on and off for over a decade in both a professional and personal capacity and never had any problems.”
Prinstant provides great quality, quick turnaround printing at competitive prices, with services backed by friendly staff. Graphic design services are also available. Prinstant prints a wide range of products, including business cards, large format products, flyers, books of any size and brochures.
On Google, Burhan Ahmad wrote, “I needed business cards made up within 6 hours and the guys from prinstant made it happen. Highly recommended and will recommend to everyone for their printing solutions.”
Impress Printers is family owned and operated and has been providing printing services since 1980. Specialising in short-run digital through to large-run offset printing, Impress Printing’s production staff are fully qualified professionals on hand to help clients get the best product for their needs.
On Google, Frances Dinn wrote, “Great service, very efficient. Good value. Unbelievably quick delivery. Very happy with the finished product. Will definitely use again for future jobs.”
Elect Printing has been providing expert digital and offset printing for more than 30 years. Services include finishing, embellishment, binding and pre-press. Canberra’s largest locally owned printing house, Elect Printing follows environmentally friendly practices, maximising quality of printing and minimising impact on the environment.
Michael Ison wrote on Google, “Our business has been using Elect Printing for years. Regardless of the size of the job—from annual reports to business cards—the quality and service has been top notch.”
A “go-to” destination for a wide range of print and design needs, Snap provides cost-effective solutions for all business marketing needs, including corporate printing, promotional materials and business stationery. Clients receive high-quality service and professional, expert advice. Graphic designer services are tailored for small to medium businesses.
On Google, Melissa Janssen wrote, “Snap provide incredible and fast service. They are always willing to provide the best of service and certainly deliver on quality and time.”
If you’re looking for more information on professional printing services in Canberra, you might like our article on the best offset printers Canberra has to offer.
Your experience with printers in Canberra
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