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flourish dude
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Does anyone know where the best place is to have posters made?
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Do you mean printed or designed?

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Frank Simpson
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There are a few magician/professional graphic designers here at the Café, myself and Kyle Peron (magic4u02) to name but two.

I recently did a poster for Jared Sherlock here at the Café, and his avatar is a miniature version of it.

When it comes to printing, well that can be another topic unto itself. Usually quantity and paper stock are the two biggest factors in choosing where to have one run.
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flourish dude
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I have the design, I need them printed.
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I have looked into some digital print folks that I found on the web. The great news is that this is a very competitive industry, so prices are comparable for the same process, size, and paper quality. We were shocked at the cost of four-color process posters, so for an upcoming event we are designing a poster in stark black and white (no grays or halftones). Getting these printed is cheap! A run of 200 11" x 17" on good paper from a local printer is only $27 plus shipping.

Do a little poking around; try your yellow pages. Most printers will be delighted to work with people who give them digital files to their exact specs.

Yours,

Paul
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Bill -

Ask Ken Scott. He answered that question a while ago, on a TDL thread (and maybe also on a KidAbra forum thread), if I recall correctly. He had ordered his online, I think in full colour.

I think that Living Illusions (Kevin) has also participated in discussions about this topic, too. He might be another person to ask.

For me, I had 2 colour 11x17 posters printed up on either 100 lb. or 90 lb. gloss white stock, at my local printers a few years ago. I was very happy with the results. I am now down to my last 100 or so.

I think the KidAbra thread mentioned www.zooprinting.com

I've had no personal experience with them.

- Donald
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Frank Simpson
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Paul brings up a very good point in that if your digital files are created accurately to the printer's specifications you stand to save a good bit of money. Some years ago I worked at a print shop where I used to actually give discounts to every job that came into my department (prepress) with clean digital files. Sadly I was not able to give too many such discounts. Just because something looks great onscreen certainly is no guarantee that it is press-ready.

If you are doing single-event posters you would likely have very good luck with a local quick-print shop, as most have the capacity to do short-run full color digital output. This tends to be more cost efficient for shorter runs, and I tend to do most of my printing for theatre posters that I design for local productions this way.

If you are looking to lay in a stock of posters, then printing on a press will be far more cost-efficient. For these I design the basic poster leaving an area for local sponsors to "strike in" the specific information such as venue, dates, time, box office info, etc. Most of the time my clients will send their local presenter a stack of posters, where they are then responsible for having their information printed onto the posters.

As for where to have said printing done, there are about a million printers who are capable of doing the job, and it can be difficult to compare apples to apples, so try to make sure that all the specs you compare are really the same.

My personal favorite has been printingforless.com. I've had them do everything from catalogs to CD inserts to posters and brochures. They've always done an excellent job at very reasonable prices, and they're just really nice peiple as well.

Good luck!
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