Getting Started on your Project Estimate
How to Place an Order, Get Art Templates and Upload
Getting an Estimate on Your Project - Minimum Qty and Specification
The minimum order for manufacturing is 300 to 500 units, depending on the product. Usually the cost for doing 300 units is about the same for doing 500 units. Can we make fewer than 300 to 500 units? Yes, but the cost will be the same as 300 to 500 units. If you are looking for cost effective per unit production costs, you probably want to make at least 1000 units.
If you know your spec already , we can work up the estimate for your spec. Here is what a blank spec looks like:
Shipping: INCLUDED standard shipping is about 5 days, and we include the shipping cost in your quote. If you need it shipped to more than one address, or to an address outside of the US, please let us know the details/address so we can include it in your costs.
Proofing: INCLUDED PDF, Test disc (glass/mastered & printed) and color matchprint sent FedEx
Additional Proofing: You want to order an unprinted mockup or a press proof if your job is complex. Let us know if you need something special along these lines.
If you do not know what your spec is, please email us and arrange a time to speak with Graphics. Or you can email us a photo of what you want to make. If you saw a photo on our site, or several that you liked, that's helpful. It's also helpful if you can give us an idea of your budget so we don't make suggestions that aren't helpful. We can make just about anything, but not all budgets can handle that level of customization.
OUR PHONE NUMBER: 888 234 2283
OUR EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Samples are free but we do ask for you to pay the shipping. Once we have your spec defined and have done an estimate for you, we can look at sending out samples. We'll want to go over details to make sure you are seeing the features you need to see.
Getting an Order Form & Placing Your Order
If you are ready to get started, please let us know:
PROJECT NAME (what you want to call this run)
YOUR CONTACT INFO
We'll pdf you over the order form. You can sign and send it back via email or fax, along with payment information. We accept bank wires, checks, or mastercard/visa (jobs under $10,000 only). We offer a cash discount for jobs paid with wire or check.
Note that the order form spec will match your estimate spec. There are details you'll be asked about later on the process that do not affect the cost, but do have impact on the overall look - things like finishes.
If you need a bar code, please let us know. They are $25 each. We can create one for you and send it to you for you to use in your art layout.
Art Templates - Disc and Packaging
Once the order is placed, we set up the job internally and create the templates for you. These include the disc and the packaging. The template email will also give you some basic information on how to do the artwork. When you are done, send your art back to us on the templates.
Uploading Art and Disc Image
Both your artwork and your disc image file can be uploaded to us. The upload page is here:
Disc image and Artwork Upload Page
Proofing starts with PDF softproofs and then progresses to the physical proofset if you have one in your order. The physical proofset consists of a completely glass master and printed test disc, and a color matchprint for your packaging. The standard color matchprint is cmyk on gloss paper.
If you find errors from your source material that need corrected, we can help you with that but note that the further along you are in the proofing process, the more expensive it is to submit new source material.
Production & Shipping
Production typically takes 2-3 weeks, depending on the project and level of customization. If you have special schedule needs, please let us know and we'll work with you to try and meet them.
Shipping is typically 5 business days on the final product. If you have a very larger quantity, we may be doing commercial freight for you which takes longer. If we are doing expedited shipping for you, it is usually 2-3 days.
What are some GOOD TIPS you can give me for my project?
SEND YOUR ARTWORK EARLY. If you have your artwork files before your disc data, send them to us so we can start processing them and handle any bleed, cropping, etc., issues that may need to be addressed, and we can get that film made and start the printing. Doing your printed products early will help enormously.
Proofing is very important! If you really have to, we can skip it but we've seen proofing save a lot of projects so our recommendation is DON'T SKIP THE PROOFING.
When you send your source material (image file or master disc), TEST IT FIRST. Test it on all platforms (Mac, PC, cd players, dvd players, etc.). Try your master in different computers or players. We will make a physical test disc for you (this is a glass mastered/pressed disc) that you can test again, just to make sure, but there are charges to submit new source material after we started.
You don't want thousands of discs with bugs. We hurt for you when you call back and tell us you found a bug on your original, we hate it when that happens. We really do. Those additional orders have all the fun taken out of them. Please...test thoroughly
If you have never made a replicatable disc before, don't wait until two weeks before your deadline to try it for the first time- inexperienced premastering can wreck your schedule. Not all CD or DVD writing software is created equally. Some software is better suited for archiving and doesn't do perfect ISO images with all the right formatting or RedBook with all the right p's and q's. DVDRs especially, have some ISO differences from pressed dvds, and may play differently. Some items with DVD9's may work differently than expected. Try to allow for extra time to account for these things.