Using standard size sheets to your advantage

Throughout the month, HPG will be blogging about how to save money on printing. The third in our series, the focus of this blog is Press Sheets. How can a press sheet save you money?

Typically, press sheets are designed to run 8 ½” x 11 sheets with little paper waste (although printers need a little room for their machine to process through the press.) If you base your project with this size in mind, you’ll waste less paper and save more money. Although not all specialty stocks (colored, textured, etc.) are available in all sizes, typical stock sizes are:

  • 12 x 18”
  • 19 x 25”
  • 23 x 35”
  • 25 x 38”
  • 26 x 40”
  • 28 x 40”

Build your printing projects around these standards for maximum efficiency and print savings. Have a small project? Ask your HPG rep about paper stocks we have left over from larger runs. You may be able to use left over paper and pay a fraction of its original price.

Keep brochure pages in multiples of 2, 4 or 8. Try to avoid multiples of 6 and gang together flyers in multiples of these same numbers. It costs about the same price to print a 16 pager as it does to print a 12 pager.

When in doubt, ask your sales or customer service rep questions like, “What size sheet are you using?” or “How much extra room will there be left on the press sheet?” Frequently there is enough room to fit business cards or table top signs on the sheet. As long as the additional pieces don’t require a lot of finishing (such as die cuts or hand folding), your added printed pieces will be virtually free.

The key to save money is to think like a printer and create efficiency around every piece you print.