Scheduling is an important part of the printing process.  Our turnaround time ranges from 24 hours for a simple photocopying job to a few weeks for a large scale project featuring colour printing and specialized bindery service.

Tips for Planning Your Printing Job:

Good planning goes a long way to ensuring a successful project.

  • It is important to provide detailed and precise timelines for the completion of all print requests, including the foapal you will be charging your request to.
  • Supply "print-ready" requests to Print Services.  Public Affairs has full-time graphic artists on staff to assist employees with design and formatting issues for college-related printing, and authorization from Public Affairs is required for all new college promotional print requests before Print Services can complete your request. 
  • Complete the Print Services Request Form in full.  If unsure about filling out the order form please contact Brad Haberstock at local 4242.
  • If the project is a reprint, include a sample of the last job.
  • Cost estimates can be requested regardless of the size of the project, and are more accurate when the preliminary specifications closely match those of the finished job.
  • Consult Print Services before making last minute design decisions.  Small changes in design can sometimes make a substantial difference in the cost (and, if your printing is college-related printing, may also require re-approval from Public Affairs).
  • Cost estimates are generally valid for 30 days.
  • There are many things that can be done to eliminate time-consuming obstacles and confusion that create unnecessary costs, and to facilitate efficient production of printed materials.  If you are unsure of a specification, or have a question, please contact Carly Chute at local 4545.
  • Use only specified programs in designing your work.  See Digital Printing/Copying for a listing of specified programs.

If your project has to be completed by a certain time, we will do everything in our power to help you meet your deadline.  Obviously, the bigger (or more complex) the job, the more lead time we require.

Turnaround time is based on three factors:

  • Our volume of work at the time of your request.
  • The complexity of your job - a job that requires design and special bindery work will take longer than a small photocopying job.
  • Our ability to plan ahead - consulting with Print Services is recommended.

A general rule of thumb is that photocopying will normally be completed within three working days after we receive the job.  Most offset printing jobs are completed within seven working days after final artwork approval.

If you are in a rush, you should consider selecting from our wide selection of in-stock papers.  Our inventory includes various weights, colours, and textures of paper.  Special orders can increase turnaround time.

 Last Updated : Thursday, June 19, 2008