PSD Graphic Arts

PSD Graphic Arts

The University of Chicago

773-702-3800

Open Monday – Friday

8.30 AM – 4.30 PM

The John Crerar Library
5730 S Ellis Avenue
Chicago IL 60637

PSD Graphic Arts

Division of the Physical Sciences

The University of Chicago

Primary Contact Info

Location

The John Crerar Library
5730 South Ellis Avenue
Chicago IL 60637

Graphic Arts is located on the basement level of the John Crerar Library.

The John Crerar Library is located on the campus of The University of Chicago, at the center of the Science Quad found at the 5700 block of Ellis Avenue, behind the bookstore.

Office Hours

Open Monday – Friday from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Graphic Arts is closed on weekends and holidays.

Graphic Arts may be subject to unexpected closures in the event of extreme weather or an emergency situation.

Services & Pricing

PSD Graphic Arts is a recharge service center dedicated to providing print and design services to the University of Chicago.

Pricing for services is based on operating costs with no intention of profit.

Payment Methods

Payment must be provided upon receipt of the services rendered.

Forms of payment accepted:
  • FAS Account Number

    Contact information for the account owner/signer is required to set up an account.

  • cash

    Exact change may be required.

  • check

    Checks must be made out to ‘The University of Chicago’

Forms of payment NOT accepted:

credit or debit cards

Posters & Flyers (Flat Prints)

File Formats Accepted:
Paper Options:

All posters and flyers are printed on our House Stock, unless otherwise requested.

A wide variety of premium paper options are available upon request.

Print Sizes:

Listed print sizes are based on industry standards and most frequently requested items.

Custom sizes are available upon request.

Pricing:

Pricing for posters and flyers is based on a per unit basis:

1 poster = 1 unit

1 double-sided flyer = 1 unit

Price breaks are given to orders of 100+ units, 250+ units, 500+ units, 1000+ units, and 10,000+ units.

Orders of fewer than 20 units are subject to a set-up fee of $10.

Cards (Cover Stock Prints)

File Formats Accepted:
Paper Options:

All cards are printed on our House Cover Stock, unless otherwise requested.

A wide variety of premium paper options are available upon request.

Print Sizes:

Listed card sizes are based on industry standards and most frequently requested items.

Matching envelopes are available for listed card sizes.

Custom sizes may be available upon request and are subject to equipment restrictions.

Pricing:

Pricing for cards is based on a per unit basis:

1 card = 1 unit

1 double-sided card = 1 unit

Price breaks are given to orders of 250+ units, 500+ units, 1000+ units, and 10,000+ units.

Orders of fewer than 100 units are subject to a set-up fee of $10.

Brochures & Programs (Folded Prints)

File Formats Accepted:
Paper Options:

All brochures and programs are printed on our House Stock, unless otherwise requested.

A wide variety of premium paper options are available upon request.

Print Sizes:

Listed print sizes are based on industry standards and most frequently requested items.

Custom sizes may be available upon request and are subject to equipment restrictions.

Pricing:

Pricing for brochures and programs is based on a per unit basis:

1 brochure = 1 unit

Price breaks are given to orders of 100+ units, 250+ units, 500+ units, 1000+ units, and 10,000+ units.

Orders of fewer than 20 units are subject to a set-up fee of $10.

Books & Copies (Bound Prints)

File Formats Accepted:
Paper Options:

All books and copies are printed on our House Stock, unless otherwise requested.

A wide variety of premium paper options are available upon request.

Book Sizes:

Page dimensions for books and copies are based on restrictions presented by the available types of binding.

Custom sizes may be available upon request and are subject to equipment restrictions.

Page Counts:

Page counts for books and copies are based on restrictions presented by the available Binding Options.

Pricing:

Pricing for books and copies is based on a per page basis:

1 side of a single sheet = 1 page

both sides of a single sheet = 2 pages

Price breaks for books and copies are based on counts of 100+ pages, 200+ pages, 500+ pages, 100+ pages and 10,000+ pages.

Binding Options

The various machines used to produce books create a variety of restrictions on the page sizes, page counts, and paper options for each type of binding:

  • Perfect Binding:
    • page size:

      minimum: 4 × 8 inches (bound edge: 8 inches)

      maximum: 12 × 13 inches (bound edge: 13 inches)

    • paper weight:

      minimum: 20# Copy

      maximum: 70# Text

    • page count:

      minimum: 80 pages

      maximum: 400 pages

  • Saddle-Stitch Binding:
    • page size:

      minimum: 4 × 7 inches (bound edge: 7 inches)

      maximum: 10 × 13 inches (bound edge: 13 inches)

    • paper weight:

      minimum: 80# Text

      maximum: 80# Cover

    • page count:

      minimum: 8 pages

      maximum: 40 pages

  • Wire-O Binding:
    • page size:

      minimum: 8.5 × 11 inches (bound edge: 11 inches)

      maximum: 17 × 11 inches (bound edge: 11 inches)

    • paper weight:

      minimum: 20# Copy

      maximum: 120# Cover

    • page count:

      minimum: 40 pages

      maximum: 400 pages

  • Plastic Comb Binding:
    • page size:

      minimum: 8.5 × 11 inches (bound edge)

      maximum: 17 × 11 inches (bound edge)

    • paper weight:

      minimum: 20# Copy

      maximum: 120# Cover

    • page count:

      minimum: 40 pages

      maximum: 750 pages

  • Staple:
    • page size:

      available for 8.5 × 11 inches only

    • paper weight:

      minimum: 20# Copy

      maximum: 100# Text

    • page count:

      minimum: 2 pages

      maximum: 23 pages

  • minimum print size:

    2 × 2 inches

  • maximum print size:

    14 × 26 inches

  • maximum print size w/ bleed:

    13 × 25 inches

Request a custom size.

Digital Press Paper Options

  • House Stock:
    • Cascades Rolland Enviro100 (100% PCW)

      available weights:

      • 60# or 80# Text
      • 80# or 100# Cover
      • 20# Copy

    Uncoated paper stock made from 100% Post-Consumer Waste; FSC and EcoLogo Certified; processed Chlorine Free; manufactured with BioGas energy)

    We chose this as our House Stock because it represents the highest level of commitment to sustainability and the environment available in a high-quality paper.

  • Color Cover:
    • Neenah Astrobrights (30% PCW)

      available weights:

      • 65# Cover
    • Springhill Vellum Bristol Cover (10% PCW)

      available weights:

      • 67# Cover
  • Premium Coated:
    • Sappi McCoy Silk

      available weights:

      • 100# Text
      • 100# Cover
    • Sappi McCoy Gloss

      available weights:

      • 100# Cover
  • Premium Uncoated:
    • Neenah Environment PC100 White (100% PCW)

      available weights:

      • 80# or 100# Text
      • 80# or 100# Cover
      • 120# Cover
    • Neenah Environment PC100 Natural (100% PCW)

      available weights:

      • 80# Text
      • 100# Cover

Color, Cover, and Premium paper options may require additional costs.

Additional paper options may be ordered upon request.

How To Prepare Your PDF Print File

Failure to provide a print-ready, high-quality PDF file may result poor print quality, or in some cases additional fees for digital prepress to resolve printing issues.

  • File Format:

    Adobe PDF

  • Adobe PDF preset:

    High Quality Print

  • Compression/Resolution:

    300ppi (pixels per inch)

Set file to single page format rather than to spreads.

Do not attempt to ‘gang-up’ multiple pieces per sheet as this will be done during the prepress process.

Files for designs containing any image, color, background, etc., that extends to the edge of a page must be set to include a bleed of 1/8-inch and crop marks.

Bleeds and Crop Marks

A bleed is any file designed with an image, color, background, etc., that extends to the edge of a page. Crop marks give direction to the printer for cutting the document to the intended size.

In order to produce the best results, the inclusion of a 1/8-inch bleed and crop marks is required. Follow these guides to set up bleeds and crop marks:

How to set up bleeds and crop marks using Adobe Illustrator
How to set up bleeds and crop marks using Adobe InDesign

Large Format Printing

File Formats Accepted:
Print Sizes:

All large format prints are printed from a 42-inch roll of paper with an unprintable margin of approximately 1/2-inch.

Sizes not listed on the website are available upon request and may be limited to available large format paper options.

  • minimum print size:

    14 × 26 inches

  • maximum print size:

    42 × 100 inches

  • maximum print size w/ bleed:

    41 × 72 inches

Large Format Paper Options:
  • semi-gloss
  • uncoated
  • vinyl
  • canvas
Turnaround Time for Research Poster Printing:
File received before noon:

Your poster will be ready for pick up in the afternoon.

File received after noon:

Your poster will be ready for pick up the following morning.

turnaround for Research Poster Printing is based on an order of one poster from a single individual requested during posted Office Hours.

Photo Printing

all photos are printed on gloss photo paper to size requested

File Formats Accepted:
  • TIFF
  • JPEG
Suggested Resolution:
  • 300ppi
Passport Photo Package:
  • photo taken
  • photo edited to US Passport guidelines
  • two photo prints
  • digital file provided upon request

UChicago Stationery (Business Cards, Letterhead, Envelopes)

Design templates for University of Chicago business cards, letterhead and envelopes are based on identity standards set forth by the office of University Communications. The use of the templates is encouraged to promote a consistent brand across the University.

Design modifications not adhering to University templates will require additional fees for graphic design.

Information required:
  • Name
  • Job Title
  • Department
  • Primary Affiliation (Department or Division)
  • Street Address
  • Building/Room
  • City, State + Zip Code
  • website
  • email address
  • office phone #
  • mobile phone #
  • fax #
Pricing:

based on packages of 100, 250, 500, or 1000

Ephemera

Sizes:
  • bookmarks:

    2 × 6 inches

  • stickers:

    2.5 × 3.5 inches

  • magnets:

    2.5 × 3.5 inches

Custom sizes may be available upon request.

Graphic Design & Creative Services

creative services offered:
  • graphic design:
  • branding/logo development
  • advertising/promotional design
  • page layout/book design
  • environmental graphics
  • illustration:
  • scientific figures/information graphics
  • digital imaging
  • photography:
  • events
  • portraits
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