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COLOUR COPYING & PRINTING

Colour Copying & Printing for Students

How to Print in Colour as a Student

  1. Load your student print account. To find out how to do that, click here .
  2. Prepare your file(s). Consult this section to find out how.
  3. Come to either Digital Print Centre, or order online . Directions to the Digital Print Centres can be found here . Instructions on ordering online can be found here .

There are no self-serve colour printers at the college.

How to Load My Student Print Account

  1. Go to the cashier in the Red Building (Rosalie Sharp Pavillion) at 115 McCaul Street in the basement.
  2. Present your student card to the cashier.
  3. Indicate that you want to add to your print account, and not your copy account.
  4. Pay the cashier the amount you want added to the account. The cashier accepts cash, debit and credit cards.

During regular cashier hours you may only add money to your print account at the cashier. You may not add money at the Digital Print Centre.

How to Copy in Colour

  1. Load your student print account. To find out how to do that, click here .
  2. Come to the Digital Print Centre: Level 2. Bring the originals you need copied. For directions, click here .

Depending on its complexity, a job may not be able to be completed immediately. Consult with the Digital Print Centre for details.

How to Save Files in the Proper File Format for Printing in Colour

  1. Save your files in TIF format when using bitmap-based programs such as Photoshop.
  2. Save your files as PDF when using vector-based programs such as AutoCAD and Illustrator, or when using mixed bitmap and vector-based programs such as InDesign and Quark Xpress
  3. Print your files to PDF when using word processors such as Word or Pages.

For more information and application-specific instruction, please see the section on file preparation .

In the interest of serving as many people as possible, we cannot accept native InDesign, Pages or Quark Xpress files.

How to Order Online as a Student

  1. Load your student print account. To find out how to do that, click here .
  2. Prepare your file(s). Consult this section to find out how.
  3. Go to the Copy & Print Services Website at www.ocadu.ca/copyprint.
  4. Click the link that says Order Online, or click here .
  5. Log into the online ordering system using your student username and password.
  6. Follow the instructions. Be sure to COMBINE SIMILAR FILES into a single file and submit one order instead of submitting multiple orders with the same instructions. Consult this section to find out how.
  7. click "submit" This sends your instructions to the print centre and you will receive a confirmation that they have been received but you still need to upload your file. Choose your file and then upload it *files are limited to 35MB and below*. For larger files, please come to one of the Digital Print Centres and print in person. 
  8. Once your file is uploaded wait to receive a confirmation e-mail. The confirmation e-mail will inform you as to whether your job has been completed OR rejected. Rejected jobs will have a message indicating why the job has been rejected i.e. no file, wrong format, improper instructions etc. 
  9. Completed jobs can be picked up at The Digital Print Centre: Level Two. For directions, click here .
  10. Don’t wait in line – just come to the front and let the staff know you’re picking up an online order.

The Digital Print Centre attempts to complete each order within an hour of its placement. As the semester gets busier this is not always possible. How to Request a Quote

  1. Contact us using one of the methods specified here .
  2. Please ensure that you supply all relevant specifications including:
    • Quantity
    • Stock (Paper Type)
    • Colours (CMYK, Pantone spot)
    • Impostion
    • Finishing
    • File format
    • Due date

Multiple competitive quotes can be arranged upon request.

Choosing Paper

How to Choose the Right Laser Paper

The Print Centre offers a line of superior laser stocks. These papers are higher quality than what you would ordinarily print on at home, at a lower cost.

These stocks, excluding transparencies, are available in the following sizes:

How to Choose the Right Large Format Paper

The Print Centre offers a range of quality papers for printing on our three large format machines.

How to Print on Custom Laser Paper

  1. Purchase custom paper from any art supply or stationery store. Examples of acceptable papers include, but are not limited to:
    • Canson
    • Mi Tientes
    • Cougar Cover
    • Craft Paper
    • Manila Bond
    • Thin Water Colour Paper
    • Fraser Papers Synergy & Passport Series
    • Thick Vellum (Card Vellum)

  2. Do not bring any of the following types of paper:
    • Any plastic paper
    • Heat Transfer Paper
    • Thin Vellum
    • Newsprint
    • Cardboard
    • Very Thick Paper
    • Inkjet Paper

  3. Cut the paper to a standard printing size. Those sizes include:
    • (8.5" x 11")
    • (9" x 12")
    • (11" x 17")
    • (12" x 18")
    • Standard metric sizes are also acceptable

  4. Remove all deckled edges.
  5. Cut sheets with 90 degree corners.
  6. Make sure it is free of dust, grease and ink.

Remember that custom papers are not guaranteed to work with the printer, and results can be inconsistent. Colour fidelity in particular can be an issue with non-standard stocks. Jamming can also be an issue. Some papers may feed properly through the machine one time, and then not another.

Students assume liability for the cost of the print regardless of the result.

How to Print on Large Format Custom Paper

Custom papers for large format printing are charged at a discounted rate. See our price list for up-to-date pricing. Follow these instructions:

  1. Check with the Digital Print Centre before purchasing your paper to make sure it is compatible with our printers.
  2. Cut paper to size. Paper must be narrower than 24". Allow for one inch margins between the artwork and the edge of the page. Use a set square to ensure that paper has 90 degree corners.
  3. Ensure paper is free of ink, dirt and dust.
  4. Bring paper to either Digital Print Centre along with your file for printing.

Matching Colours

How to Match Screen Colour to Print Colour/Make a Test Sheet

The best way to achieve a desired colour is to test before your final project. Do not waste money repeatedly printing full-size versions of your image on expensive stock. Instead, use plain, letter size paper to print test sheets of the images you want to use. The Print Centre can shrink images to fit the size of the paper. We can even print multiple pages on one sheet.

If you have printed a test document and the colour could be improved, the solution is to create a contact sheet. A contact sheet is a document that contains multiple, reduced-size versions of an image on one page. The colour settings of each version are altered in a different way. The contact sheet is then printed. By looking at the printed result, you can see which file settings produce the most desirable output.

For example, if I printed an image that was too magenta, I would create a letter-sized document that contained nine versions of my image. In Photoshop, I would reduce the magenta in each version in increments of twenty-five percent. The result would look like this:

contact_sheet

When I would print my contact sheet, I would be able to see which version looked the best on the printed page. I would then make the same colour adjustment to my final version and print it full-size.

If I were working with solid graphics, a similar process could be used. This time I would print out swatches and alter the colours using the sliders in the colour palette in Illustrator or InDesign. In this example, I am testing the magenta in my blue, yellow in my green, and exploring which background grey gives me sufficient contrast for legibility:

swatch_test_sheet

Always remember to label your contact sheets with a file name. It is easy to get confused which file was used to print which contact sheet and thereby nullify the whole process. Make sure to print the final image on the same printer you did test prints. Colour varies from printer to printer.

How to Set/Synchronize Colour Profiles in CS6

This process will match the colour settings of every application in CS4 to those used at the Digital Print Centre. You must also set your monitor profile in order for this process to be effective.

  1. Close all open Adobe applications, including Acrobat Reader.
  2. Open Adobe Bridge, found in your applications folder.
  3. Edit > Creative Suite Color Settings
  4. North American Prepress 2 > Apply

This sets the RGB profile to Adobe RGB 1998 and the CMYK profile to U.S. Web Coated SWOP 2.

How to Set My Monitor Profile

In the Finder, begin by selecting the Apple Menu in the top-left corner of your screen:

  1. System Preferences > Displays
  2. Color > Display Profile > Adobe RGB 1998

Then quit System preferences by selecting the "System Preferences" menu and then selecting quit.

How to Embed My Profiles

Any time you are saving files, make sure to embed the colour profile you are using. By following the file preparation procedures detailed here , your profiles will automatically be embedded.

How to Match Pantone Colours

When you are creating a digital image, The Pantone System allows you to select custom colours from a list of special inks. Each ink is manufactured to match an on-screen custom colour. Every time you print a custom colour, its corresponding ink is used. This allows for a great degree of accuracy, since no inks need to be mixed in order to reproduce the desired colour.

Laser printers, on the other hand, use a combination of cyan, yellow, magenta and black to create every colour. When you select a Pantone Colour for printing, laser printers must combine colours to reproduce it. The computer approximates what it believes will be a good mix of colours to duplicate the colour. Sometimes, the result is unexpected because the computer has miscalculated the appropriate mix of colours. Thus laser printers offer only a representation of Pantone Colours and cannot offer the same accuracy as the Pantone System.

In order to better match Pantone colours with laser printing, convert them to CMYK in Illustrator. This feature is available in the Illustrator colour palette by clicking this button:

Colour Palette

How to Start a CMYK Document in Photoshop CS6

To start a new document in CMYK mode in Photoshop CS6, start by selecting the File menu:

  1. File > New
  2. Width > Set desired width in inches (Change unit type if necessary)
  3. Height > Set desired height in inches (Change unit type if necessary)
  4. Resolution > Set desired resolution (300 dpi is standard for print)
  5. Color Mode > CMYK, 8 bit
  6. Background Contents > Set desired background colour Ok

How to Start a CMYK Document in Illustrator CS6

  1. To start a new document in CMYK mode in Illustrator CS6, start by selecting the File menu:
  2. File > New
  3. New Document Profile > Print
  4. Size > Select desired size
  5. Orientation > Select desired orientation
  6. Ok

How to Convert a Document to CMYK in Photoshop CS6

To change an existing document to CMYK mode in Photoshop CS6, start by opening the file, and then use the Image menu:

  1. Image > Mode > CMYK Color

Save a copy of the file after you have done this.

How to Convert a Document to CMYK in Illustrator CS6

To change an existing document to CMYK mode in Illustrator CS4, start by opening the file, and then use the File menu:

  1. File > Document Color Mode > CMYK Color

Save a copy of the file after you have done this.

Colour Copying & Printing for Staff

How to Print Something in Colour for Class Use

  1. Prepare your file for printing at the Digital Print Centre. Consult this section for more information.
  2. Obtain an account number from your faculty office to pay for the cost of the print.
  3. Come to one of the Digital Print Centres with your file on digital media. For directions, click here .

Please note that we cannot print in colour for faculty use without an account number.

Due to the increased cost of colour printing, all faculties require that you receive permission before incurring any charges. This means that faculty members cannot use their black and white print accounts for colour printing.

How to Print Something for Faculty Personal Use

  1. Prepare your file for printing at the Digital Print Centre. Consult this section for more information.
  2. Go to the cashier at 115 McCaul Street and obtain materials tickets. Consult our price list for the amount required for your print job.
  3. Come to one of the Digital Print Centres with your file on digital media. For directions, click here .

Please note that you cannot add to your faculty print account using tickets or cash. Your faculty print account is for school use only.

How to Order Online as a Faculty Member

  1. Go to the Copy & Print Services Website at www.ocadu.ca/copyprint.
  2. Click the link that says Order Online, or click here .
  3. Log into the online ordering system using your OCAD U Email username and password.
  4. Follow the instructions.
  5. When it asks you to enter a stock transfer number, please enter the account number you received from your faculty office or department.
  6. Pick up your prints at The Digital Print Centre: Level Two.
  7. Don’t wait in line – just come to the front and let the staff know you’re picking up an online order.

The Digital Print Centre attempts to complete all orders within an hour of their placement. Please contact us by phone if the job is urgent.

Jobs will not be completed unless an account number is provided. Contact your faculty office or department head if you do not have an account number.

How to Request a Quote

  1. Contact us using one of the methods specified here .
  2. Please ensure that you supply all relevant specifications including:
    • Quantity
    • Stock (Paper Type)
    • Colours (CMYK, Pantone spot)
    • Impostion
    • Finishing
    • File format
    • Due date

Multiple competitive quotes can be arranged upon request.

Colour Copying & Printing for Staff

How to Print Something in Colour for My Department

  1. Prepare your file for printing at the Digital Print Centre. Consult the file preparation section for more information.
  2. Obtain an account number from your department's administrator to pay for the cost of the print.
  3. Come to one of the Digital Print Centres with your file on digital media. For directions, click here .

Please note that we cannot complete any job without an account number.

How to Print Something for Staff Personal Use

  1. Prepare your file for printing at the Digital Print Centre. Consult this section for more information.
  2. Go to the cashier at 115 McCaul Street and obtain materials tickets. Consult our price list for the amount required for your print job.
  3. Come to one of the Digital Print Centres with your file on digital media. For directions, click here .

How to Order Online as a Staff Member

  1. Go to the Copy & Print Services Website at www.ocadu.ca/copyprint
  2. Click the link that says Order Online, or click here .
  3. Log into the online ordering system using your OCADU Email username and password.
  4. Follow the instructions.
  5. When it asks you to enter a stock transfer number, please enter the account number you received from your faculty office or department.
  6. Pick up your prints at The Digital Print Centre: Level Two.
  7. Don’t wait in line – just come to the front and let the staff know you’re picking up an online order.

The Digital Print Centre attempts to complete all orders within an hour of their placement. Please contact us by phone if the job is urgent.

Jobs will not be completed unless an account number is provided. Contact your faculty office or department head if you do not have an account number.

How to Request a Quote

  1. Contact us using one of the methods specified here .
  2. Please ensure that you supply all relevant specifications including:
    • Quantity
    • Stock (Paper Type)
    • Colours (CMYK, Pantone spot)
    • Impostion
    • Finishing
    • File format
    • Due date

Multiple competitive quotes can be arranged upon request.



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