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Print Times
My book includes color images. Which color option should I choose?
Image types and suggested products
Should I choose Standard color product for my book?
What will happen if I choose to print image-rich content using Standard color?
What should I do if my book arrives with one of these defects?

Print Times

All printers in our global network have a 3-5 business day print time. Business days are considered Monday - Friday, and the first printing day is the day after the order was placed. For example an order placed on Monday will be sent to the printer on Tuesday and is expected complete printing between Thursday (day 3) and the following Monday (day 5). 

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My book includes color images. Which color option should I choose?

Glasstree prints color books in both economical inkjet and premium toner options:

  • Standard Color – Inkjet and Toner | Uncoated, White #60 paper.  An economic color option printed on uncoated #60 paper. This product is suitable for printing color and grayscale (B&W) diagrams, tables, graphs, line drawings, and small graphics. This product is not suited for full-page color coverage or photo quality printing.
  • Premium Color – Toner | Coated, White, #60 paper. Soon, this will also include at an option for 80# paper. This option is best for large graphics, full page images, photo books, portfolios, and highly saturated color printing.

Note: At this time, Standard color products are printed in the USA and UK.

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Image types and suggested products

Image

Example

Color Option

Standard Color

Premium Color

Color Text

 

 color text.jpg

YES

YES

Graphs

 

 graph.jpg

YES

YES

Diagrams
(Grayscale)

 diagram B&W.jpg

YES

YES

Diagrams
(Color)

 diagram color.jpg

YES

YES

Diagrams
(Full Color)

 diagram full color.jpg

YES

YES

Screenshots

 Screenshot.jpg

YES*

YES

Frontispiece

(Line drawing with light shading)

 frontispiece.jpg

YES

YES

Small graphics and text

 graphics B&W.jpg

YES*

YES

Large graphics and text

 heavy graphics and  text.jpg

NO

YES

Full page B&W image

 full coverage B&W.jpg

NO

YES

Full page color image

(Photo quality)

 full coverage photographic.jpg

NO

YES

*For best results, images should not exceed 20% of total content in Standard color books.

 

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Should I choose Standard color product for my book?

Standard color is intended to provide an affordable color printing option for authors who want to incorporate color text, graphs, diagrams, and small imagery into their books, instruction manuals, and supplementary materials. For high quality, saturated color we recommend the Premium color printing options.

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What will happen if I choose to print image-rich content using Standard color?

The paper used for Standard color printing is uncoated meaning the ink absorbs into the paper. Large quantities of ink applied to this type of paper causes the pages to become wavy when they dry - just as if you spray water onto the pages of your favorite book. Therefore, if your content includes too many images, it is likely your printed book will arrive with defects such as warped pages, streaking, and/or image bleed through.

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What should I do if my book arrives with one of these defects?

If your book arrives with wavy pages, streaking, or image bleed through it is likely your content is too image-rich for Standard color printing. You should consider reprinting your content using or Premium color printing, which is intended for high quality, image-rich content.

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