Technology with multi-function color printers and copiers has come a long way. And because copiers use toner and not ink, it’s more cost-efficient than ever to use them for many printing projects you would have sent to an offset printer in the old days. (Not that long ago, right?)
You say, “Give me examples.” No problem! Although I work mainly with Sharp color copier and printer equipment, I know other brands also offer the capabilities to create these products.
But before you read any further, it’s important for you to keep the following things in mind:
- Use the “thick” setting when using “thick” paper. High quality color printing depends greatly on your paper settings. You want to avoid streaking, which can happen if you use the wrong setting. (Always follow manufacturers recommendations for paper types in your copier/printer).
- Always follow your manufacturer’s directions on paper settings. For example, with certain Sharp all-in-one color printers, you must use the manual feed tray for postcards, tab paper, glossy paper and other specialty stock. Other models can handle up to 110 lb. card stock in the main unit tray and optional drawer. So, don’t waste paper! Check before you start printing.
So, without further ado, here’s my big bad list of cool things to do with a color copier (in no particular order):
- Invitations – Personalize them easily and at no extra charge!
- Thank you cards – Skip the trip to the store over your lunch break. You’ll never run out.
- Holiday cards – Surprise customers with a photo of your office staff (or not).
- Booklets – Print educational materials on demand.
- Raffle tickets – Now it’s easy to make your own for that big fundraiser.
- Table-top advertising – Publicize your upcoming events at upcoming events.
- Brochures – Update them as often as needed and print small quantities.
- Flyers, pamphlets and leaflets – Create handouts on the fly and print them up just as quickly.
- Posters (up to 12″ x 18″, cropped to 11″ x 17″) – Hang them up everywhere or place them on easels for eye appeal.
- Programs and bulletins – Control your costs and create just enough.
- Event tickets – Grab yourself a perforation tool and get started.
- Event signs – Tell everyone where to go and what to do.
- Name tags – Make sure everyone gets to know everyone else.
- Back stage passes – For the privileged few.
- Certificates – Give credit where credit is due.
- Magazines, newsletters and catalogs – Yes indeed, the quality is that good!
- Business cards – So everyone can be into your business.
What kinds of projects have you used your color copier for? Tell me about them below in the comments. Or send me a tweet at @CopecoCopiers.