Once you’ve completed editing your funeral program, you will need to determine where you want to get it printed.
You basically have 3 options:
1. Print it yourself on your own home printer.
2. Take it to a local printer or office supply store for printing
3. Use our professional printing services.
If you decide to print them yourself, you will want to make sure you have enough ink and paper on hold to accommodate the amount of programs you plan on printing. Enlist the help of a friend to assist you with folding and/or assembly. Make sure you also do a test print to ensure all prints the way you want it to look.
If you do not have a borderless printer and want to achieve that edge to edge printing, you will need to trim off the excess white border around the perimeter of each page. If your printer does not have a duplex or print on both sides feature, you will need to flip the paper over after each page is printed. Much will depend on your printer and what it is capable of doing so you will need to be familiar with the print and physical properties of your printer.
The important thing is to make sure you are prepared to print it yourself otherwise if you are unprepared, you will run into much frustration in the process. if you take your program to a local printer or office supply store, make sure you call them first and ask how they would like the file sent to them. Often they will accept the native Word document or PDF file and emailed or brought to them on a USB drive.
If you bring them the Word document make sure you do not use any special fonts they may not have installed on their computer. If you do, when the print shop opens your document, the fonts will be substituted and will not look like the way you intended. There is a possibility of the text boxes shifting as well. To play it safe, its best to create a PDF file after you’ve done completing your program to ensure it looks the way you want it to.
It is imperative that you ask for a printed proof before having the print shop print all your copies. You must proof it before they print everything or if there is an error, you will have to pay for the programs regardless. If you obtain a proof, you can then have a chance to make your revisions, if needed.
If you follow these guidelines, your funeral program printing experience will go more smoothly. If you decide to use our print services, we will walk you through everything and guide you through the whole process.