FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about Printing Services

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What services do you provide?

We provide the following services:

Offset Printing

Printing Services offers convenient and cost effective offset printing options to the university community. We are equipped with single and two-color offset presses that can provide you with PMS colors, screen tints, quality halftones, duotones, solids, reverse, bleeds and more. We stock a large variety of paper in sheets that range from 3 by 5" to 12 by 18". We too stock standard smooth sheets and coated gloss paper. We can order and receive specialty papers within two working days

We accept a variety of file formats, including InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Quark Xpress, PDF and Microsoft Office. These files can be delivered to us via flash drive or CD/DVD, or they can be placed in the Printing Services Drop Folder, which can be accessed by mapping to the network drive: \\customshare\dapsdrop$\. OTS offers step by step instructions on mapping network drives via their self-help documents page.

Black and White & Full Color Digital Printing

Printing Services is equipped with two black-and-white high-speed digital Konica-Minolta Bizhub production publisher printers and one Konica-Minolta Bizhub full-color printer. These state-of-the-art printers are networked to campus, providing an ultra-sharp 1200 dots-per-inch (dpi) resolution for black and white and full-color copies. Files for printing can be uploaded directly to our printers from the convenience of your home or office through our Digital Store Front on-line ordering system. When submitting on-line orders, please make sure that printing funds have been approved by your department head. Depending on the complexity of your black and white print job, completed work will be delivered to your office within 1 or 2 business days.

Printing Services Auxiliary

Finishing/Bindery

In addition to printing and copying, Printing Services can perform a wide variety of auxiliary work. We can take care of the following items for you: collating, stapling, folding, booklet making, envelope stuffing, numbering, three-hole punching, laminating, cutting and trimming, tabbing, addressing/labeling, padding, perforating, and scoring. We also offer three options for bindery: GBC spiral binding, perfect binding and coil binding.

How much will my printing cost?

Please contact Larry Dernetz (410-704-2010) for a cost estimate, or see the Price List.

What do I need to provide to Printing Services?

Work can be submitted via Print Services' Web-To-Print Ordering System.

What electronic file formats do you support?

  • Media: Flash/Thumb Drive or CD/DVD.
  • Publishing Software: Adobe InDesign or Press Quality PDF.
  • (PC files from MS Word, MS Publisher, etc. can be submitted via Printing Services' Web-To-Print Ordering System)
  • Illustration/Graphics Software: Adobe Illustrator and Adobe PhotoShop
    Platform: Macintosh

How can I reduce printing costs and expedite completion time?

  • When possible, use Adobe fonts.
    (True Type and third party fonts can be unreliable when translated by a RIP)
  • Avoid using stylized or menu fonts.
    (These features are designed for laser printers and may not output correctly on some devices)
  • Convert fonts in eps files to outlines or paths.
  • Delete all unused colors in your files.
  • Use spot colors instead of process separations for Offset Print jobs.
  • For 2-Color Offset Print jobs, make sure spot color names are consistent for all elements within the documents and check separations to be sure that all elements will print correctly.
  • Prepare document with the print sheet size in mind and extend copy by 0.125" for bleeds.
  • If a job has a landscape orientation on one side and a portrait orientation on the other, specify the proper orientation for two-sided printing.
  • If you specify a print sheet size, include an outside border.
  • Include designer's name and phone number in case there are any problems or questions.