FAQ | Towson University

What services do you provide?

We provide the following services:

Full Color and Black & White Digital Printing

Printing Services is equipped with one full color Ricoh digital press and two black
& white digital Konica-Minolta Bizhub production publisher printers. These high-speed
state-of-the-art devices are networked to campus, providing an ultra-sharp 1200 dots-per-inch
(dpi) resolution for full color and black & white copies. For the customer, this means
high quality printing and fast turnaround time.  Files for printing can be uploaded directly to our printers from the convenience of
your home or office through our Digital Store Front on-line ordering system. When submitting on-line orders, please make sure that printing funds have been approved
by your department head.  Most completed work will be delivered to your office within 1 or 2 business days.  Some complex black & white jobs, full color work, and Towson University stationery
may require additional turn-around time. 

Offset Printing

Printing Services offers convenient and cost-effective offset printing options to
the university community. The two-color Heidelberg offset press can provide you with
PMS colors, screen tints, quality halftones, duotones, solids, reverse, bleeds and
more. We stock a large variety of paper in sheets that range from 3″ by 5″ to 12″
by 18″.  We also stock standard smooth sheets and coated gloss paper. We can order and receive
specialty papers within two working days.

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Printing Services Auxiliary

Finishing/Bindery

In addition to printing and copying, Printing Services can perform a wide variety
of auxiliary work including: collating, stapling, folding, booklet making, envelope
stuffing, numbering, three-hole punching, laminating, cutting and trimming, tabbing,
addressing/labeling, padding, perforating, and scoring. We also offer two options
for bindery: GBC spiral binding and coil binding.

 

How much will my printing cost?

Please contact Larry Dernetz (410-704-2010) for a cost estimate, or see the Price List.

What do I need to provide to Printing Services?

Work can be submitted via Print Services’ Web-To-Print Ordering System.

What electronic file formats do you support?

  • Media: Flash/Thumb Drive
  • File Transmission: TU File Delivery Service or they can be placed in the Printing Services Drop Folder, which can be accessed
    by mapping to the network drive: \customsharedapsdrop$. OTS offers step by step
    instructions on mapping network drives via their self-help documents page.
  • Publishing Software: Adobe InDesign or Press Quality PDF.
  • (PC files from MS Word, MS Publisher, etc. can be submitted via Printing Services’ Web-To-Print Ordering System)
  • Illustration/Graphics Software: Adobe Illustrator and Adobe PhotoShop
    Platforms: Macintosh or Windows

How do I submit design files for printing?

We accept a variety of file formats, including Adobe Creative Cloud (InDesign, Illustrator,
Photoshop, etc.), PDF and Microsoft Office. These files can be delivered to us via
flash drive, Towson University File Delivery Service, or they can be placed in the Printing Services Drop Folder, which can be accessed
by mapping to the network drive: \customsharedapsdrop$Printing Services Drop Folder.
OTS offers step by step instructions on mapping network drives via their self-help
documents page.

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How can I reduce printing costs and expedite completion time?

  • When possible, use Adobe or OpenType fonts.
    (True Type and third party fonts can be unreliable when translated by a RIP)
  • Avoid using stylized or menu fonts.
    (These features are designed for laser printers and may not output correctly on some
    devices)
  • Convert fonts in eps files to outlines or paths.
  • Delete all unused colors in your files.
  • Use spot colors instead of process separations for Offset Print jobs.
  • For 2-Color Offset Print jobs, make sure spot color names are consistent for all elements
    within the documents and check separations to be sure that all elements will print
    correctly.
  • If a job has a landscape orientation on one side and a portrait orientation on the
    other, specify the proper orientation for two-sided printing.
  • If you specify a print sheet size, include an outside border or provide bleeds of
    .125″.
  • Include designer’s name and phone number in case there are any problems or questions.

View more information: https://www.towson.edu/printing/faq.html

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