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Printing Estimates

17 Jul

A sample list of various online places for printing wholesale/retail:

To obtain your own printing estimate:  If you are sending material to be printed yourself (aka., a designer is not submitting the printed material for you),  go to a printer’s website, such as the ones I list below. On the site, you will select (1) what you will be printing (ex., postcards, magnets, save the date announcements, etc.) and then (2) how you will need that item printed. For example, you will need to select: glossy or matte, print size, where folds are located, weight of paper, coating for paper, days to ship. It gets a bit confusing with options such as “bleed”, “slug” and “spot color”, so if what you are printing is important, it’s best to talk to a designer before you even design anything.

*** = Services I have used

Photo Printing: For photos, I suggest Adorama over Kodak, but Kodak over Snapfish (if that is still in business)

Note: I am not affiliated with these shops in any way, nor do I vouch for them. This list is here only to generate ideas about what various printed items cost over the internet. When the price is included here, it is an EXAMPLE of a quote I got from entering info on printer’s websites; the quotes above don’t include every specification I entered into printer’s websites and are personalized to the project I was doing. Please seek your own quotes.


Why I got a MacBook and not a MacBookPro

1 Aug

Recently I was faced with the dilemma: Should I buy a MacBook or a MacBook Pro? I needed a laptop because I wanted to be able to edit images on-the-go. I was using a rigged-up gaming Dell PC at home and at the office an Intel Mac PC. Both machines are super powerful. For a laptop, I needed something not as fast but capable of running CS5 in an efficient manner.

A google search on the question turned up an answer. A survey of message boards suggested that people with the highest functioning MacBooks could run the newest Adobe software without issues.

When I went to and ran through the options for both the highest functioning MacBook and the lowest level MacBook Pro 13” laptops. To obtain the specifications, I selected 4 GBs of RAM and a 2.4 GHz Intel Core Duo processor and 320GB space for both. With the configurations exactly the same, the “regular” MacBook was around $200 cheaper.

The snow white MacBook is not as sleek in appearance as its silver-colored “Pro” sibling, and it is not upgradable in RAM after 4GB. However, if you are the type of person who prefers to replace a machine and not upgrade the hardware, it is by far a better deal economically.

I’ve owned a MacBook for a month and have no complaints…