Why It’s Worth Getting Bulk Printing Done Professionally

24 October 2018

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One of the lesser known services offered at PlanPrintSA is bulk printing of a variety of documents. Regardless of what your industry or requirements are, we can accommodate any large scale printing projects.

Our Equipment

We utilise a production digital printer for bulk printing jobs. These machines can print on up to 300gsm quality paper as well as with high gloss finish if required. Fiery, our pre-production image processor, ensures colours are perfectly matched. This results in a much higher print quality as well as increasing productivity, to get your bulk printing job out faster.

Who Needs Bulk Printing?

Most organisations will need to do bulk printing at some point in their lifespan. However, there are certain industries that tend to require bulk printing more often. Here are a couple examples of the kind of mass printing projects we do on a regular basis:

  • Training Industry – businesses that provide training to corporates require bulk printing of training manuals for delegates. These need to look uniform, professional and most importantly, be legible.
  • Corporates – both private and public corporates require company brochures and annual reports. A brochure is an important customer/client touchpoint before they decide whether to do business with you, so ensuring these are high quality it vital. Annual reports are presented to shareholders and investors, so also need to be professional and neatly presented.
  • Built Environment – building contractors, architects and construction companies will often need to put tender documents together for big project proposals. We ensure these are legible and beautifully presented to help you land that big job!
  • Events – event companies need bulk printing of invitations, programmes and tickets.
  • Travel Industry – travel agencies put regular brochures together with specials and destination advice. These tend to contain many images, so printing needs to be high quality and most likely with a gloss finish to give it a “magazine” appeal.
  • Education – schools and particularly universities often handout study guides or appendices to study material. We can bind these to make them easy for students to work with.

Benefits of Professional Bulk Printing With PlanPrintSA

  • Time saving – imagine how long it would take to print 1000 documents on a regular printer? FOREVER! We offer quick turnaround times to get your documents ready for dissemination sooner!
  • Cost-efficient – printing using your office printer will use a number of ink cartridges. It is far more cost effective to get bulk printing done by a professional.
  • Experienced Team – our production team are very experienced and can easily troubleshoot any problems that may arise during printing. You’ll also have access to a talented team of graphic designers who can tweak your documents to ensure the finished product is perfect.
  • Convenience – you don’t need to step foot out of your office when ordering through us. We deliver your finished order to your office via courier anywhere in South Africa. We also offer delivery into Africa via DHL.

Get a quote on bulk printing with us by popping us a mail at office@planprintsa.co.za or fill in our contact form here. One of our friendly customer service experts will be in contact shortly with all the information you require.

 

3 Advantages of Laser & Inkjet Printing

26 August 2018

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In order to produce your beautiful posters and signage, we use our state-of-the-art Canon printers. Inkjet and laser printers are commonplace in almost every office due to their reliability and ability to produce top drawer output.  These machines are not only able to produce black-and-white documents with high-resolution graphics and text but process a wide variety of media as well.

But wait…what’s the difference between Inkjet and Laser?

Inkjet printers create documents by spraying precise droplets of ink onto the paper. These printers are programmed to determine the precise location, the amount of ink to be used and the mixing of ink colours to create thousands of different shades. The printer cartridge merges an ink supply with an intricate spraying mechanism, moving the cartridge back and forth over the paper to produce the finished product one line at a time.

Laser printers have a very different mechanism, more similar to a copying machine. They use a drum-and-toner system, wherein a laser beam copies the document contents onto the metal drum onto which toner powder clings. A combination of heat and pressure force the toner off the drum and onto the paper, producing the output.

So now that we know how these machines differ, let’s take a look at the advantages of both.

  1. They Produce High-Res Outputs

Both inkjet and laser printers create images as collections of tiny dots…the more dots that make up an image, the clearer they will appear when printed out. Generally, inkjet and laser printers have resolutions of 600 to 2400 dots per inch (dpi). A resolution of 1200 dpi – in which the dots are clustered together tighter than the human eye can detect – will result in beautiful quality text and images.

  1. They’re Quiet

Old printers were very noisy and often had to be in another room altogether to avoid disrupting an entire office every time someone printed! Modern laser and inkjet printers are quiet and tend to produce very little noise when in use, making them suitable for open plan office environments.

  1. They’re Flexible

Inkjet and laser printers accommodate a variety of sizes and therefore can be used in a variety of applications including large format plan printing, posters and other signage. Depending on the machine, the paper tray adjusts accordingly depending on required output size.

 

If you require black-and-white or colour plan printing, flyers, banners, posters or manuals printed, order through our easy-to-use website. Upload your files here, pay by card or EFT and have your order couriered to your door.

 

 

8 Steps to Launching Your Interior Design Business

17 July 2018

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You’ve graduated and have the certificate to prove it but what now? You may be itching to put those carefully honed interior design skills to good use, but your first order of business is getting your brand off the ground. It may feel overwhelming but by following these 8 simple steps, you’ll be ready to wow clients in no time.

  1. Get A Professional Website Built

It may be tempting to DIY a website, but your first investment in your business should be hiring a professional to create one for you. This is where most of your customers will get their first impression of you. It is imperative your website is sleek, professional and informative. Include shots from your portfolio, your services and contact information.

  1. Build A Portfolio

You can’t charge premium fees straight out the gates, especially if you’ve got nothing to show potential clients. Spend some time building up a portfolio by offering to do some projects for free. Examples of this are styled shoots and small jobs for family or friends.

  1. Take Killer Pictures

There’s no point building a portfolio filled with blurry, unappealing pictures. Once you finish a shoot-worthy project, hire a student photographer to capture your hard work in a way that will attract potential customers.

  1. Define What You Offer

There are many spheres within the field of interior design…are you an interior architect who designs kitchens, fixtures and furniture? Or are you an interior designer who creates detailed renders before a décor job is started? Or are you simply an interior decorator who gives clients advice on colour and décor elements? State this clearly in all your messaging and on your website – they are worlds apart!

  1. Know Your Target Market

Depending on which direction you’ve decided to go in (as per point number 4), will determine who your target market is. If you’re an interior architect you’ll want to get in touch with building contractors and architects, to work hand in hand on projects. If you’re an interior designer, your clients will include the above as well as individuals and businesses who may want to revamp their homes or offices.

  1. Sustainability is Key

While it is a noble idea to want to service people who want interior design help on a budget, it is not sustainable or good business practice. You’ll end up not making a profit which means you’re basically working for free. You’ve got bills to cover too…

  1. Promote Your Business

Market your business however possible…flyers, brochures, magazine ads, social media, YouTube videos, blog posts. Do them all! It would once again be worth your while to hire a brand manager or social media manager to do this for you to ensure content is consistent and professional.

  1. Build Connections

Relationships are key in business.  Constantly build connections with industry experts, designers and makers. Collaborate with one another, help one another and you’ll see positive results in all your businesses.

We hope that got you excited to get your interior design business going! If you require your interior design plans or renders to be printed, visit PlanPrintSA. Simply upload your file on our easy to use website, make payment and get the plans delivered in 1-2 working days.

Indigenous Plants To Include in Your Garden

28 June 2018

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If you’re about to plant a whole new garden or give your existing one a facelift, it can be hard to decide which plants to include. However, creating an indigenous garden with little to no alien invaders is ideal, ensuring your garden will thrive! Before you get those landscaping plans printed, be sure to include these indigenous plants.

  1. Strelitzias

Certainly, one of our favourite indigenous plants, the bold and striking strelitzia will make a fine addition to any garden. It is also commonly referred to as ‘bird of paradise’ do to its resemblance to this bird species! Besides its large, bright flowers, its foliage is just as beautiful and lush. As a bonus, Strelitzias are evergreen which means you’ll have a bright and cheerful garden all year round.

  1. Proteas

A garden is not complete without the national flower of South Africa! From creamy white to deep burgundy and soft blush, the king protea has many delightful shades to choose from. And as a bonus, they attract a variety of bird and insect species, increasing chances of pollination. King proteas grow best in full sun in areas that experience hot, dry summers and chilly winters.

  1. Aloes

These hardy, succulent-type plants are also a must for anyone trying to create an indigenous garden. Their bright orange blooms will add vibrancy to dull gardens, while their spiky leaves provide low-maintenance ground coverage. The sap found in their leaves can be used for a host of ailments, which means a natural remedy is always handy.

  1. Peppermint-Scented Geraniums

Here’s one for the foodies and foragers! The leaves of this particular species of geranium give off the fresh fragrance of peppermint, while the bright purple flowers add a pop of colour. Use the leaves in your tea, as an ice-cream flavour or crush the leaves to soothe bruises. The flowers make a beautiful garnish on cakes and salads.

There you have it! 4 stunning indigenous plants to give your garden some pizazz! Once you and your landscaper have hashed out the final details, get your landscaping plans printed by PlanPrintSA. Based in Durban, we offer an online printing service and deliver nationwide for your convenience.

Order your Plan Prints, Plots or Full Colour Posters Now!

Amazing Architecture To Inspire Your Next Project

13 June 2018

As an architect you may think you’ve seen it all and done it all. But think again! There are some incredible buildings all over the world that take architecture to the next level with their crazy angles, shapes and colours! If you’re knee-deep in plans or renders, take some time out to get inspired with a few of our top pics for the craziest, coolest buildings in the world.

  1. Dancing House, Prague

Aptly nicknamed ‘Fred and Ginger’ due to its resemblance of two dancers, Dancing House can be found in the heart of Prague. Designed by a Croatian and Canadian duo in 1992, the baroque-style building was completed in 1996. 99 concrete pillars support the ‘dancer’ structure and a twisted metal structure sits atop the building which has been dubbed ‘Mary’ by locals. Dancing House certainly caused a stir in its early days but since has become a must-see for tourists, even appearing on a gold Czech coin.

  1. Lotus Temple, New Dehli

The flower-shaped Lotus Temple in New Dehli, India is one of the city’s most well-known and loved structures. Despite being a place of worship, the temple is open to all who wish to visit. Created in 1986 from 27 marble-clad petals, the building has been dubbed the most-visited site in the world by CNN. Lotus Temple (and its humble architect) have won many awards over the years.

  1. Fallingwater, Pennsylvania

Fallingwater in rural Pennsylvania (USA), is one of the most famous private residences in the world. Designed in 1935 by an American architect, the home – built partially over a waterfall – has been named the architect’s ‘most beautiful job’ by Time magazine and was listed on the Smithsonian’s “Life List of 28 Places To Visit Before You Die.”

  1. Skylodge Adventure Suites, Peru

Skylodge is Peru was likely one of the most challenging projects this architect ever worked on. The adventure hotel consists of 3 pods suspended on the side of Peruvian mountains. Each pod includes a bedroom and bathroom – however travellers must reach their pods through a treacherous climb. We’d certainly be sleeping with one eye open!

We could literally go on and on listing inspiring buildings across the world but we’d be here for days! Hopefully this got the creativity flowing so you can get back to those architectural plans and renders. When your project is complete, remember PlanPrintSA offer full colour as well as black and white plan printing. Simply upload your file on our site and wait for your plans to be delivered to YOU!