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Description of Services

Copying and Digital Printing

If you have a copy job of 35 impressions or more, the University asks that you utilize Print Services rather than using your department's copier. It saves time and money, and we can offer you much more. Our high-speed B&W copier and digital color printer feature:

  • B&W High-Speed Copying
  • Full Color Digital Printing
  • Collating
  • Stapling
  • Saddle-Stitch Binding
  • Square-fold Binding
  • Three-Hole Drilling
  • Finish Trimming
  • High Quality Scanning
  • Clear Spot/Varnish Toner

Paper is included in the cost of the copies. Pre-ordered sizes range from 8.5" x 11" to 13" x 19" and weights range from 20lb. text to 110lb cover. Contact us if you require a custom option. Some services may be billable. For a price quote, call Print Services at (978) 665-3394 or email printservices@fitchburgstate.edu.

Job Submission Guidelines

  1. For jobs that are ready to copy, PDF files are preferred. Email your PDF files to  printservices@fitchburgstate.edu. One attachment per email, please. Include instructions in the body of your email such as: quantity, paper choice, finishing (1 or 2 sided, staple, 3-hole drill, or booklet format), contact info, department name, projected due date, and FOAPAL (if applicable). You do not need a copy order form unless you are scanning hardcopy to us via the Print Services button on your departmental copier or submitting hard copy through campus mail. Please indicate if the printing is for a GCE course.
  2. You may be asked to approve a proof of your copy or printout, depending on the quantity or complexity of your request.
  3. Submitted jobs must meet university and copyright guidelines (PDF).
  4. If you need help designing your project, we offer design services.
  5. When submitting hardcopy, please fill out a Copy Request Form and include it with your original job. Scan and email the job to printservices@fitchburgstate.edu by using any Ricoh multifunction device on campus, or you can send it by inter-campus mail. Please avoid staples or paperclips for problem-free processing.

Turn-Around Time

  1. Most "ready-to-copy" jobs are completed within 24 hours and can be delivered by Materials Management, to your department's office. If you’d prefer to pick-up your job, please notify us when you place your order.
  2. Requests with high quantities (more than 1,000 total copies), and/or bindery work (folding, cutting, hand stapling, hand collating, binding, mailing, etc.) are likely to take longer.

Wide Format Printing & Vinyl Cutting

Print Services has three wide-format printers with material rolls varying in size from 24-60 inches wide. We also have a Graphtec vinyl cutting plotter for cutting letters or graphics from adhesive vinyl. Typical projects include, but are not limited to:

  • A-frame Signs 
  • Posters
  • Banners (up to 50" tall, grommets added where desired)
  • Pull-up Displays
  • Mounted Signs, Posters or Photos (up to 40" x 60")
  • Backdrops
  • Vinyl Lettering for Walls/Glass/Vehicles
  • Vehicle Graphics
  • Window-Perf Displays

Various posters on the windows in the campus library

Material Options

  • Standard Matte Paper: Used for most indoor, temporary sign projects.
  • Photo Paper: Best for long-term photos being displayed indoors.
  • Tyvek: Light-weight material, waterproof, tear-proof, great for indoor/outdoor banners.
  • Repositionable adhesive: General purpose, and Extra-tac for heavy/outdoor use
  • Perforated Window Cling: Allows design to be viewed externally, but does not obstruct vision through the window from inside.
  • Adhesive Vinyl: Create custom lettering for walls and signage in a choice of color. Frosted vinyl can be used on glass to create the look of etched glass. We also offer opaque adhesive vinyl for full color cut out prints.
     

Bindery & Finishing

Services include:

  • Cutting
  • Drilling
  • Folding
  • Perforating
  • Scoring
  • Collating
  • Numbering
  • Padding
  • Stapling
  • Saddle Stitching
  • Square Folding
  • GBC (Comb) Binding
  • Coil Binding
  • Mounting
  • Laminating
  • Grommets
  • Installation of Signage/Vinyl Lettering/Large Graphics

We're happy to discuss bindery/finishing options with you to help you decide what works best for your job.

Graphic Design

Services include, but are not limited to:

  • Brochures
  • Posters
  • Postcards
  • Ads
  • Programs
  • Signs & Banners
  • Pull-up Displays
  • Envelopes
  • Stationery/
    Letterhead
  • Forms
  • Report Covers
  • Invitations
  • Web Graphics
  • Handbooks
  • Artwork/Logos
  • Newsletters
  • Stickers
  • Hang tags
  • Typable PDFs
  • Vinyl Lettering Designs for Glass or Walls

We're happy to discuss design options with you. When you're ready to submit your design request, please provide the following to design@fitchburgstate.edu:

  • Finalized, edited raw text
  • Custom photos (or we can find you a photo)
  • Size specifications
  • Quantity
  • FOAPAL account number to be billed
  • Preferences or pertinent information
  • Projected due date

Once we have formatted the text and have a design to present to you, all further editing notes will need to be made on the PDF proof version itself. We discourage resubmitting the text at this point.

Proofs and Editing Notes

When a proof for your job is completed we will send an email with a PDF attachment for your review. Editing notes may be indicated by using the Markup Tools available in Adobe Acrobat. For a great presentation and tutorial on how to use the tools in Acrobat click on the following link: Adobe Acrobat Mark-up tools Tutorial.The tutorial presentation is brief and informative.

You may print the proof and hand write the edits also if that works easier for you. If you'd prefer a printed proof at any time, please let us know when you submit the job, or at any time during proofing.

Variable Data Personalization

Let us personalize that design with variable data. We can utilize information as simple as a name, major, or hobby together with specific photography and graphics, to personalize direct mail and give your message more impact.

Typeable PDF Forms

Instead of printing that form and filling it in by hand, let us design a typeable PDF for you. Electronically post or email to users and add functionality to your PDFs.

Mailing Services

Utilizing this option for multiple piece mailings can save the University a considerable amount of money on postage. It eliminates the time and labor of printing and sticking labels on mail pieces, as well as reducing mailing errors.

Services include:

  • Presorting of mailing lists to minimize mailing cost and insure prompt handling of mailing piece by USPS - this includes checking for duplicate names, processing through the NCOA (National Change of Address) service, and printing of all USPS required forms
  • Direct imprint of addresses on mailing pieces including indicia (mailing permit) as well as additional marketing messages and full color images
  • Folding and inserting of mailing pieces into envelopes and all bindery functions required to meet USPS regulations

For questions, or to submit jobs, contact Print Services at (978) 665-3394 or email printservices@fitchburgstate.edu