At New Life Press we use Adobe Creative Suite as well as Microsoft Word and Publisher.
We prefer PDF files because PDF files keep the original document settings no matter what computer is used to open the document.
Our standard turn around is 2 weeks. However re-prints, black and white color copies can take less time.
Complete bindery service
No project is finished, until it’s “finished”. This is the work of the bindery. After prepress, proofing, and printing, many projects require further finishing.
After your project is printed it can be folded in any number of ways. We can do tri-folds and z-folds for brochures and newsletters, and special folds for more complicated projects.
Binding and stitching
This is great for booklets, manuals or product brochures. They can be folded in half then stitched (stapled) for a professional appearance. We can do comb binding which allows the booklet to lay flat when open. Great for manuals or cookbooks. We can have your book perfect bound as well.
NEWS AND MORE
An added benefit of high-speed, black and white copies is that the printer can collate, fold, bind or punch the copies as they come out of the machine, saving time and money.
Requesting an estimate
There are a couple ways that you can contact us for an estimate for a project. Click here to request it by email. This is always the fastest and the means we prefer. It gets to us right away and everything we need to get you an estimate on your project is written down for quick and accurate reference.
You are always welcome to stop by at 2971 9th Avenue, Monroe, Wisconsin and talk to us about your project. For complex projects or projects that can be better understood by seeing your work, stopping by can be the best choice.
And of course you can always call 608-325-6083 between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:30 pm Monday through Friday and we will take your information over the phone.
A little help
Print projects can range from simple to complex with any number of variables. Here are a few things that are common to most jobs. Keep them in mind when requesting an estimate:
- Quantity. 500, 1000, 2000? Usually the greater the quantity the more inexpensive the per piece cost.
- Ink. Four color, black and white, spot color? Ink color greatly affects how the project will be produced, which in turn affects the final cost.
- Paper. Just like ink colors, the kind of paper you choose can affect the quality and cost of the project. If you’re not sure about paper, you can stop in and choose from a multitude of paper samples that we have on hand.
- Files. Are you providing completed files for your project or do they need “tweaking”? Are there scans or illustrations to be done? Are the files you are providing application files, such as Adobe InDesign or QuarkXPress, or are they print-ready PDFs? All this can affect cost and is needed information to give you an accurate estimate for your project.
In order to get your estimate as quickly as possible, we need to have some basic information. Here’s a short checklist:
About Microsoft Publisher
Microsoft Publisher was originally intended to be an inexpensive alternative to the more costly, professional page layout applications like Adobe Pagemaker, Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress. It was designed to do simple jobs to be printed at home or a home office. Over time it has been upgraded by Microsoft to do a little more complicated work. For this reason, if you use Publisher, make sure you are using the most recent version if you want to use it for higher-quality output. Some very important features are missing in the older versions and the upgrades are not expensive.
Pack and Go
The “Pack and Go” feature in Publisher allows you to package your project for sending it to a commercial printer. Here are the basic steps for “Pack and Go” in Publisher: Under “File” select “Pack and Go”. Then select “Take to a commercial printing service”. Follow the Wizard and select all the options that are available. This will create 3 or 4 files. Send all of them to us along with a final FAX or hardcopy print out of your file for us to proof against. Again, be sure to keep Publisher up to date.
If you are beginning a project in Microsoft Publisher to have us print, call us first. We would be happy to explain some of the “ins” and “outs” of the program when used for prepress work which can save you a lot of time and money in the long run. Publisher files can move through our process without problems if a few guidelines are followed.
Print-ready PDF files
Adobe’s Portable Document Format (PDF) is great for a multitude of uses. It caused a revolution in printing. Everything needed for high resolution printing can be packed into one file that can be opened and printed using Adobe’s free Reader on almost any computer. The trick is, because a PDF can be created many different ways, to create it the correct way and pack it with the essential information for printing. Here are a few of the minimum requirements for a PDF to be usable for high-resolution printing using our process.
- All fonts used in the document should be embedded in the PDF file.
- The preference for “Subsetting” the fonts should be set to 100%.
- For CMYK printing, all color in the document should be CMYK. This goes for ink colors as well as photos and illustrations. The PDF output options should be set to “leave color unchanged”.
- Make sure that the photos and line art in the document do not have their resolution reduced (downsampled) when the PDF is created. Photos should retain their 300 dpi resolution. Line art should be 1200 dpi(optimum), but no lower than 600 dpi (minimum)
- The compression should be fine set on “automatic” but some say “zip” is better than “jpeg” for quality. You can also choose “none” and the photos will not be compressed when the PDF is created but this will result in a larger PDF.
If you follow these guidelines, your PDF will work for high-resolution CMYK printing. The same PDF will also work in all the processes that require less resolution as well.
We accept files on the following media:
- DVD and CD
- Flash Drives
New Life Press also has a Dropbox account. If you prefer to upload your files via Dropbox, please contact us.
CD, DVD and Flash Drives can be dropped off or mailed to:
New Life Press
2971 9th Avenue
Monroe, WI 53566