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Eberhardt Press provides affordable offset printing and design services to independent publishers, musicians, artists and non-profit groups in Portland, Oregon, and around North America. We do paperback books, zines, posters, postcards, business cards, covers for CDs and 7" records, album inserts and lots more. We can work with custom sizes up to 12.5" x 18".

Our price breaks are geared towards the budgets of small publishers doing short press runs (quantities of 1,000 or fewer). We offer very affordable 1- or 2-color printing with any Pantone spot color(s) or metallic ink, on a wide variety of paper stocks.

Setting Up Your Document for Printing
If you'd like to print with Eberhardt Press, get in touch about the details and a quote. Some general guidelines:

  • If your layout does not have any bleeds, it must have a 5/16" unprinted margin.
  • If your layout does have bleeds, they should be set to at least 1/8", preferably 3/16", and ideally 1/4".
  • The total printable image area is 12.25" x 17.25". All printed elements must fall within these dimensions, although the trim size can be slightly larger.
  • If you are sending a PDF, turn off all compression on graphics or text, and embed all fonts. If possible, multi-page documents should be exported as single consecutive pages, not as printer's spreads.
  • We can scan in your artwork, but there is a fee. If you scan it yourself, make sure the resolution for grayscale artwork is set at 300dpi, and that line art is at least 600dpi, preferably 1200dpi. If the resolution is lower we can still print it, but there may be some pixellation or "jaggies".
  • Just because it looks good on the screen doesn't mean it will print well. If you pull images from the web for your layout, they might look great on the monitor, but if the resolution is too low, they'll look terrible when printed.
  • If you are using a spot color (red or blue or orange or yellow, etc.), be sure to pick a swatch from the Pantone color book. Colors vary drastically from monitor to monitor and from computer to computer. The only way to know for sure that we're seeing the same color is to use a standardized reference like the Pantone system. If you are unfamiliar with Pantone colors, we can provide you with color swatches that seem to best match the computer preview.
  • If you are setting up color separations in a Photoshop file, please put each color on a separate layer. If you are setting your separations up in InDesign or another layout program, please use a designated Pantone spot color. All imported images should also contain the identical spot color. If you don't know what separations are or how to make them, just send what you got and we'll figure it out.

Offset Printing vs. Digital
Eberhardt Press prints with a Ryobi 3302 2-color offset press. Time and materials are required to set up each run (wiping down the blanket and cylinders, removing the old plate, affixing the new plate, setting the registration and paper feed, etc.). These setup costs make very short press runs more expensive; the longer your press run, the lower your cost per copy, since the setup costs are diminished by the length of the run.

Digital printing is often a better solution for very short press runs, especially if you need full color. On longer runs, offset can offer better rates. Offset can also offer a much wider range of paper options (often referred to as "substrates" by digital printers). Digital printing on some paper stocks looks awful; the range of "substrates" that perform well on digital presses is very limited. Also, digital print quality varies drastically depending on the actual equipment being used.

Offset printing is a form of lithographic printing that uses real ink and paper, a distinctly analog process in a digital world. The sound quality of a vinyl LP may not be technically as perfect as a compact disk, but any audiophile will tell you that nothing can reproduce the warmth and depth of a vinyl record. And isn't it more exciting to find a letter from a friend in your mailbox than to get another email in your bulging Inbox? Just because it's new doesn't mean it's always better in every situation.

Offset can do a lot of things that digital can't do, and vice-versa, just as letterpress printing has its unique capabilities. The choice between digital and offset depends on practical considerations such as how many prints you need, what look you're going for, and how versatile the paper and ink options need to be. If you have any questions about whether your job would be best for offset or digital printing, feel free to email.

For a quote or more information:
printing@eberhardtpress.org

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