The following online references will help you more efficiently access helpful information for everyday tasks in graphic communication. We cannot endorse or guarantee these tools, but we believe this is a good place to start. We will add more over time. Comments or suggestions are welcome.
|PRINT INDUSTRY SEGMENTS
|Copy Express Glossary of Printing Terms.
|Printing Industries of America’s PrintAccess search tool allows users to find print service providers by specialty and geographic region.
|PrintingCompany.com’s Connect with Printing Companys search tool allows users to find, contact, and rate print service providers in their area.
|Sustainable Green Partnership’s Certified Facilities listing allows users to find SGP-certified print service providers, by process, in the U.S. and Canada.
|DESIGN & PREPRESS
|99design’s handy Prepress Checklist lists 9 important steps in preparing jobs for print.
|Shannel Wheeler’s Medium article, Pre-Flight Checklist for Printing, is a great overview for designers who work with print service providers.
|w3schools.com Color Converter, one of many online color model converters (e.g., CMYK, RGB, Hex) written for Web developers, but generally useful for multi-channel designers. This is NOT a color management tool but it will help you make color choices without opening Photoshop!
|PAPER AND INK
|Paper Calculators, published by Graphic Communications, a North American paper broker. (Includes basis weight, caliper, yield, and other paper-related calculations.)
|Basis Weight Table, based on data from Pocket Pal (International Paper).
|Sappi Paper Calculator App for Apple iOS mobile devices
|Sappi Paper Calculator App for Google Android mobile devices
|Neenah’s Paper Math Calculator is one of many helpful calculators and design resources.
|The Canopy Ecopaper Database is a list of eco-friendly papers available in the United States. (Note: The table is easier to read on larger-screen devices.)
|Graphic Ink’s Ink Calculator estimates the amount of ink (in pounds) required for a print job.
|Printing Industries of America’s Cost Calculator, an Excel spreadsheet, will help users make prudent decisions when deciding to run a job on offset vs. digital. (Note: When downloaded to a mobile device, you may need to forward it to your PC, as an email attachment.)
|This list of Printing Equipment OEMs will help you learn more about the conventional and digital equipment being manufactured for the graphic communication industry.
|PrintNinja’s Spine Width Calculator for hardcover and softcover books.
|Bridgeport National Bindery’s Glued Hardcover Calculator.
|Time and Date Time Zone Converter (because you can never seem to find one when you need it)
|USPS Postage Price Calculator for postcards, envelopes, boxes, etc.
|XE Currency Converter
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