My wife, Marilee's work experience has been in the advertising world; print and digital. We both have a keen eye for color and her techy knowledge helped us with our decision.
Selecting digital printer is a very personal matter. You need to trust then handling your origanal pieces, experience, and judgment when it comes to producing your original work. You will also want to count on their ability to produce your order in a timely manner and to provide great service.
We had a check list of what we were looking in selecting a digital printer:
- Years of experience – at least 4 or 5 years. Will they be around in five years?
- How is your art stored at their studio
- Scanning technology: ask to see system. Check-out lighting if photographed
- Color accuracy/color management
- Set-up fees: scanning and proofs
- Type of printer, latest model, high-resolution, archival inks
- Final prints are on watercolor paper
- Cost of prints. Bulk discount
- Storage fee: keeping your files and how long
- Will they burn to DVD and cost for that
- Do they have a minimum order
- Buy local (our personal belief)
- Any added value services: print-on-demand and drop ship to your customers
- How often do you backup their files?
- Office cleanliness
These websites can be a help in our search for a digital printer.