New Projects:

Planning a publication? It's our job to help you get started on a new project or help you revise an old one. We'll work with you so your material can be presented effectively in print.

We'll help you . . . Call 895-3213 to meet with a Publications professional.

Living Within Your Budget:

Printing can get expensive, particularly when you want to use full color or lots of photos. It also gets expensive if you haven't planned ahead and allowed enough time for the type of printing you need.

Types of Printing:

Offset Printing - a multi-step process
In the offset printing process an inked image on a press plate is transferred to a rubber blanket that in turn "offsets" the inked impression on to a sheet of paper. Offset printing is the most cost-effective way to print large qualities - a minimum order of 500 is usually required. Offset projects require several steps to prepare them for the press. They also need adequate press time to complete the entire run, drying time for the ink, and bindery time to be finished (cut, folded, collated, bound, or tabbed) correctly. Your project is probably an offset printing job if it . . .

  • Requires a large quantity
  • Displays several colors
  • Needs special treatments (die cutting, embossing, engraving, foil stamping)
  • Prints on paper larger than 12 x 18
  • Requires better quality reproduction than copiers provide

Average turnaround time is 5-7 days.

Quick Printing
In quick printing, high-speed copiers produce images from originals (paper or electronic) you provide. Your project is probably a quick print job if it . . .

Color Copying
Quick color copies can be produced from your color original or electronic file. The paper selection for color copies is limited, but turnaround is quick. Color copies are great for short run posters or presentations. Your project is suited for color copies if it . . .

Will I save money if I create my own design?

This is a good question. It may, if you know . . .

Or it may not, if you . . .
Making Deadlines:

Every printing job is a custom-made product. What may appear to be a simple task can actually be a complex process that requires several stages and can take several days. Please allow enough time for designing and proofing your job, then printing it.Have an important deadline you need to meet? Here are some tips:

  1. Plan ahead
    Please leave enough time for the artists and printers to do their jobs properly. We'll do our best to help you make your deadlines, including the tight ones. It's best to allow 7-10 working days for an offset printing job after design and typesetting have been completed. Quick print jobs that are camera-ready can take from 1-3 working days.
  2. Organize your project
    Have an idea about how you want your job put together. Determine if you want to use graphics or photos. Know what your most important material is and where you want to position it. Think about how you want to distribute your project - handed out, mailed, posted?
  3. Submit a work order
    When you fill out a work order completely, you are telling us what your deadline is, what kind of paper you want and what color of inks we need to mix. If you're not sure how to fill out part of the work order, please call 895-3213. We'll be happy to help. Without a work order, we cannot start or track your job.
  4. Spell check
    Proofread carefully and spell check your document before you send it to us. This will save you time and money because it makes the proofreading cycle shorter.
  5. Digitize
    It speeds things up to have your text in some kind of digital form. Any kind of word processing format is fine. You can email it to us or bring it over on disk. Send along or fax over a hard copy as well in case there's a glich.
  6. Sign and return proofs promptly.

We will not move to the next stage of your project until we have received your signed proof telling us how we should continue.

Going Postal - USPS Considerations:

How do you plan to distribute your publications?

On Campus Only
We can deliver your project to the mailroom for campus distribution. Be sure to tell us on the work order what quantity you want delivered to the mailroom. It you have something that needs priority distribution on campus, please contact Mail Services directly at 895-3786 to discuss your needs.

Mail Codes
All university mailing must properly display the university return address and use zip+4 codes, business reply codes, and bar codes for certain kinds of envelopes and post cards. Postage paid zip codes for business reply mailings are different from department zip + 4 codes.

U.S. Postal Regulations
The post office has strict rules regarding the size, colors, layout, folding and tabbing of pieces that go through the U.S. Mail. UNLV needs to follow these rules to retain its permit and secure the most economical postage rates. We know how to lay out publications to conform to these rules.

Get Stamp of Approval
Postal rates and indicia are determined by the content of the mailing and how automated the address list is. Mail Services will check your project's layout to make sure it meets postal standards and will tell you what to type of permit your project requires. Please provide a copy of the Non-Profit/Bulk Rate Status Form issued by Mail Services to Design Services so we can make sure the proper permit is printed on your piece.