Frequently Asked Questions




To ensure that we continue to have the ability to expedite orders quickly, service charges are employed to help encourage effective ordering. By grouping small print jobs together and having files “print-ready” customers can save money.





This chart shows the most common file sizes for digital printing. When deciding which sizes you would like to print, consider using these sizes as they will result in a faster turnaround time as well as a lower quote cost.
Of course you may choose any custom size you like, but be aware that price, quoting times and printing times may be higher than the standard sizes.



Most of our orders are placed in-person at our store, or via email at

You can request a quote by heading to our quote request page. You can view your custom quotes and purchase estimates on your quotes page.

When emailing for a quote or print job, please attach any pertinent files along with your request specifications (size, quantity, print method, finishing, etc.).

You can upload files up to a gigabyte in size on our file upload page

To ensure that your email has reached us, we have implemented an automatic reply that will respond to every email we receive.

If you have questions, you may call us at 520-568-3098.


If you need to receive a fax at our location, have the fax sent to 520-568-2709 and it will be placed on hold until you arrive to pick it up. Incoming and outgoing faxes are only $1.50 per page.


Custom Quotes Questions

Printing Questions

Files Question

Security & Privacy Questions

Site-Related Questions

Custom Quote Questions

How long does it take to receive a custom quote?

This depends on the complexity of your quote request. The vast majority of our estimates are done within 24 hours.

How long are your estimates valid for?

Estimates expire after 30 days. The estimate will be available on our website for that period of time and it will be removed after it expires. After that period we'll have to re-do the estimate.

How do I proceed after I receive an estimate from you?

Once your estimate is complete, you will receive a link to the web page with your estimate. After you have finished reviewing the estimate, please add it to your shopping cart, upload your files and proceed to checkout.

How do I check the status of my quote request?

Please select "Quotes" from "My Account" menu to check the status of your quote request.

Can't I just email you all the information instead of using a custom quote form?

Yes, you can. However, we will respond much faster if you fill out the custom quote form. This form contains all the information we need to complete the estimate. If you send us an email, there is a chance that you might forget a piece of information that is necessary to complete the estimate.

Printing Questions

What is offset printing?

Offset printing is a technique where the inked image is transferred (or "offset") from a plate to a rubber blanket, and then to the printing surface. When used in combination with the lithographic process (which is based on the repulsion of oil and water), the offset technique employs a flat (planographic) image carrier on which the image to be printed obtains ink from ink rollers, while the non-printing area attracts a film of water, keeping the non-printing area ink-free.

What are the advantages of offset printing?

  • Consistent high-quality images. Offset printing produces sharper and cleaner images and type than digital printing.
  • The print quality is generally better than in digital printing.
  • Works on a wide range of printing surfaces, including paper, wood, cloth, metal, leather, rough paper and plastic.
  • Cheaper for high volume printing. The overall price per printed piece drops.
  • Wide color gamut. Offset printing can accurately reproduce colors from the Pantone Matching System, while digital methods only simulate Pantone color using four-color printing.

What is digital printing?

Digital printing is a method of printing in which the data and images are printed directly from the computer onto paper.

What are the advantages of digital printing?

  • Cheaper low volume printing. While the unit cost of each piece may be higher than with offset printing, when setup costs are included digital printing provides lower per unit costs for small print runs.
  • Faster turnaround time.
  • Variable data printing.
  • Better for the environment. Digital printing uses dry ink or toner, which doesn't emit any VOCs in printing. Also, this printing method produces much less paper waste than offset, because the set-up time is shorter.
  • More accurate proofing.

How big is the quality difference between offset and digital printing?

The quality difference can vary from almost negligible to significant. Most photographs and text will reproduce well on our high-end digital press. However, if a job has large solid areas of color, offset printing will achieve much better print quality. Although we print on the best digital presses available on the market, we cannot guarantee offset-quality printing on all short run jobs.

I'm not sure which printing method I should choose.

We recommend that you use offset printing if:

  • Quality is your main concern.
  • You require high-volume printing (e.g., more than 250 business cards and 1000 brochures).
  • You want to print on paper thicker than 14 pt.
  • The size of the finished product is larger then 12"x18".

We recommend that you use digital printing if:

  • You need a short turnaround time (shorter than 5 business days).
  • You require low-volume printing (e.g., less than 250 business cards and 1000 brochures).
  • You need variable data printing.

Will you send me a proof before the printing is started?

Yes, if you order one. We can provide you with a digital proof or hard proof for color critical jobs. The digital proof will be sent via email. For color critical orders, we recommend requesting a hard proof, which can be viewed in-store.

Files Questions

What file formats do you require? How do I set up my files correctly?

We need a 1-up, press-ready PDF file with crop marks and bleed. Please see the "Preparing PDF Files" section of this web page for information about creating press-ready PDFs.

Bleed Example

What are crop marks?

Crop marks are printed or drawn lines indicating where the paper should be cut to produce the correct page size.

Do I have to draw crop marks manually?

No. Any desktop publishing software can create crop marks automatically when you export your file into a PDF. In this case, you have to make sure that the trim size is the same as your document size. For example, if the final trimmed size of your business card is 3.5" x 2" then your document size must be the same.

Do I have to impose my artwork myself?

No. All files are imposed automatically by our workflow. If you submit the imposed file yourself, chances are that we will have to break it apart and re-impose it.

What is bleed?

If any element on your document layout makes contact with the document border you will have to use bleed. The trick is to place the element so that it goes over the border where the document will be cropped after printing.

The term bleed is used for all objects overlapping the border of your document.

Should I convert my files into CMYK?

No. Conversion from RGB to CMYK is done automatically on our workflow.

What resolution should I use for the images in my artwork?

We recommend that all images be saved at 300 dpi.

Security & Privacy Questions

Do you keep credit card information on file?

No. For your security, we don't keep any credit card information on file.

Is your website secure?

Yes. Our secure checkout system uses the latest secure server technology. Your order is submitted and retrieved with a secure connection to our server and remains secure at all times.

Will you share my information?

Absolutely not. We keep all customer information internal. Occasionally, you may receive offers and announcements from Impressive Imaging via e-mail. You may unsubscribe from these messages at any time.

Site-Related Questions

What browsers work the best with your site?

Our site should work with all browsers, however, we recommend the latest version of Microsoft Edge, or Google Chrome for Windows and Firefox for Mac.