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Commercial printing I: Understand your printing options

The right printing option for your publication depends on your schedule, budget and your publication's graphics
Choose the right type of printing for your publication. In Publisher 2007, you can print your publication to a desktop printer or prepare it to take to a commercial printer. Find out if commercial printing is best for your publication.

About this course

This course includes:

  • One self-paced lesson.
  • A short test at the end of the course; the test is not scored.
  • A Quick Reference Card you can take away from the course.


After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Understand how commercial printing works.
  • Understand the different types of commercial printing.
  • Decide which type of printing is best for your publication.
  • Know what to discuss with your printer to successfully prepare your publication for printing.

This is the first course in a five-course series about preparing a publication for commercial printing.

When you've completed this course, go on to Commercial printing II: Publisher and color printing.

You’ve spent a lot of time and effort creating your publication. You want your printed copies to reflect this, yet you probably have a budget you need to stick to. In many cases, you can print your publication quickly and economically by using a quick print or copy shop. However, if your print job needs a high-quality professional look, a commercial printer is your best choice.

In this course, you’ll learn what commercial printing is and how to decide whether it’s right for your publication.

To learn more about this course, read the text in Goals and About this course, or look at the table of contents. Then click Next to start the first lesson.

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