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Hi there, I am looking to get some calendars printed but I would first like to ask if anyone has sent calendars away to be printed and who they would recommend this is my first year of doing one so any help would be great. andy
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I get mine done by Fileprint - look good to me
Hi do they come printed like professional landscape calendars as you would buy in a shop that's what I am after?
Possibly not quite so glossy as some, but otherwise yes.
Thanks chris, Do you have to make your own templates?
I've recently designed from scratch an A3 calendar of my landscape images for the first time, it was quite a learning curve but very satisfying. Asking similar questions like yourself I found the best way was to approach a local printing firm (AlphaGraphics was my choice) to discuss options and actually go down and see what the paper/printing quality was like. They even proof printed/finished one of mine to see what the final product would look like, in the end they never charged me for that as I placed an order with them. So my advice would be to look for someone local so you can physically see an end product before committing to batch prints (the more you print the cheaper it becomes per unit). It may depend on where you get this done, but note that although you want an A3 calendar the paper size may actually be something they call SRA3, which is slightly larger. This allows the printers to trim to size so you will have to include crop marks if you design it yourself. Don't forget to check what colourspace they use, the preferred dpi and margin measurements for bleeding/trimming.
To give you an idea my specification was:
A3 Portrait calendar (12 month pages, plus front/rear cover)
200gsm digital silk paper
shrink wrapped with grey board back
I've attached an image to give you an idea of what it looked like, I was very happy with the end product. They have sold very well, I think I only have 4 or 5 left from a batch of 100.
I hope this helps, and good luck with it.
I use Lulu.com. Very satisfied with results for the past 4 or 5 years. They are ideal as there is no minimum quantity but may be more expensive than others if you were wanting hundreds rather than just a few for friends.
Quote: Thanks chris, Do you have to make your own templates?
I believe they have templates on their website, but I've always done my own as a single multi-page pdf to upload.
Thanks everyone for the help on this post!
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