When planning a magazine project, knowing all your options upfront helps you make better decisions and stay within your magazine budget.
1. Magazine Page Size
8 3/8” x 10 7/8” is the most economical and common magazine page size. Most press and bindery equipment is designed to produce this size efficiently and with minimum paper waste. Oversize and undersize magazines can be produced but their cost per square inch is almost always higher.
2. Magazine Quantity
Very short runs can be produced digitally. Medium run quantities are printed on sheet fed presses, while larger quantities are produced on our medium or large web fed presses.
3. Graphic Files
InDesign, Quark X Press, Photoshop and Illustrator are very commonly used software to prepare files for magazine printing production. Get a printer who is able to use these and any other standard graphic arts applications in Mac or Windows. Files converted to PDF are also common.
4. File review
The printer should use top file review technology. This is a state of the art portal system for uploading and previewing PDF files.
5. Magazine Proofs
Your files are ripped before proofing so the proof you’re seeing on your screen is the same proof the pressman sees on press. Your changes can be made directly through the system and viewed in real time. Hard copy proofs can be made at your request.
6. Magazine Paper
Your magazine printer should offer a wide selection of papers. Almost all of the “house” coated papers should be FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified. Experts should work with you to choose the best papers to meet your reproduction needs and mailing weight goals.
7. Magazine Bindery
Most magazines are glued, stapled or saddle stitched. High speed saddle stitches can also address and sort in line with the finished copies ready to mail immediately. There’s no time or money lost waiting in transporting to outside mail houses.
If cost is a factor in your magazine project, I recommend consulting with your printer early in the magazine creation process to discuss your plans, specifications, potential readers and budget. A few minutes spent with your printer at the beginning could possibly bring big savings.
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