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How can I have a color laser print of my file made?

Inexpensive color printing can be done through the Service Bureau or Library using one of the color laser printers.

For printing on nicer paper, custom paper, and press quality prints, use the full-service ImagePress Color printer in the Service Bureau:



a. File size/dimensions saved as your final print output size

b. High-Res (ideally 300dpi, no less than 150dpi)

c. Include any necessary bleed area

2. Name your file(s), using appropriate file naming conventions

e.g. BKnowles_ticketmaster_11x17_July42021.pdf

3. Save your document as one of these file types:

a. PDF (preferred)

b. TIFF (must be flattened/layers merged)

c. Packaged InDesign Folder (compress into .zip prior to sending)

4. Upload or attach folder/file(s)

a. Service Bureau Dropbox Server: Finder>Go>Connect to Server>

Drop file into the ImagePress Folder

b. Google Drive (turn on sharing permissions so we have access to edit)

c. Attach smaller files directly to your email

5. With Adobe Acrobat, fill all appropriate fields in order form, include as much detail as possible

6. Email the completed order form, with any attachments, to


• NO books or booklets with this order form, please use a book binding order form

• File must be saved at print size, we do not scale or make other alterations to your work (we suggest opening your tiff/pdf files in Photoshop to double check image size and resolution prior to submitting)

• We will cancel your order if we are missing information, if your file is incorrect, or otherwise unprintable

• Once we receive your file and completed order form, we will get started prepping your files to print

• We may have questions, or run into issues while printing, please keep an eye on your MCAD email, we will contact you there if we need any additional information, or need you to resubmit the order

• Once your job is complete, we will charge your PaperCut account/department listed on the order form (please ask for a quote in your email order if necessary prior to printing)

• You will receive an email when the job is completed and on the pick up shelf

• See Knowledgebase and sample booklets for Paper Types we have available.

• You may use your own paper (we may ask to see a sample before approving it to print), make note of that on your order form and email us to coordinate drop off

• We encourage you to set up an appointment to discuss your project 


For printing on plain copy paper, use the self-service HP color printers in the Service Bureau (this printer is currently located in the studio area on the second floor by the Emeritus Room) and Library:

    1. File>Print
    2. Choose the Printer: SB-HP-Color for the 2nd floor studio area, Library-HP-Color for the Library
    3. Check your Page Setup
    4. Format for: the Printer you chose
    5. Choose your Paper Size: US Letter (8.5x11") or Tabloid/Ledger (11x17") are the only options
    6. Hit Print!
    7. A printer icon will appear in your dock, wait for that to disappear before shutting your laptop! (the print is "spooling" or processing still)
    8. Go to the 2nd floor studio area or Library and locate the printer
    9. Log into your Papercut account from your laptop or your phone, go to Jobs Pending Release, and hit print!



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