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Hey there, I've been looking through info on the forums on this site as well as at resources on a few other sites. Most info seems a bit old or outdated, so I thought it might be helpful to start a discussion here. How do you go about printing your photo zines? I'm getting prepped to do a full color run, maybe 50 or so pages with an edition of 50. I have gone through a lot of fuss and frustration in the past printing zines on an inkjet with full color and I'm trying to determine if it's worth it to go through that again for this one and/or for possible future works. I prefer to do my own binding and to screenprint my covers, so I'm not really looking for information on places that do those things for you. 

If you print at home, what printer do you use? (model, inkjet or laser, etc). Do you recommend it? 

If you go to a copy shop (online, commercial chain, local), what is the pricing like? 

Are there other options that I'm not aware of? 

Thanks y'all. 


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Hi Lauren,

I am in the same boat as you. I'm working on a one-off zine that is to be the catalog for a photo show I am doing. I laid out the zine in Photoshop and then generated a high quality PDF form there. I had it test printed at a few local copy places. Color xerox can get pretty pricey (my zine was all color throughout) but even beyond that, I just don't like the waxy look and feel of most color xeroxes, and even if I carefully used the same color profile as the copy shop, I found the results wildly uneven.

I have never tired printing at home with my inkjet. I think that would be very frustrating business.


Ed Tillman




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