Big news: short-run colour newspapers are here!

In our last blog post we hinted that there was some big news on the way. Well, it’s here. We can now print small runs of newspapers in full colour. Here’s one, hot off the press, hastily photographed by Engineering:

From now on, all orders under 300 copies will be printed on a brand new digital colour printer. Here are some things you might need to know.

How much will it cost?

As we’re trying all of this out just now we’re keeping the prices the same as black and white for one more week. After that, the prices for larger papers will rise slightly. A new price list will be available next week.

How should PDFs be set up?

At the moment, the page size for digital colour papers is the same as the old black and white size – 317mm x 457mm. In a few weeks it will change to 289mm x 380mm, the same as traditional colour. There still needs to be a 15mm margin around each spread (otherwise it can’t be printed).

To get the best from your colours, set blacks to rich black – unlike traditional newspaper there isn’t an optimum limit for ink coverage.

There are no changes to papers made in ARTHR. They’ll be created in the same way as before.

What about printing in black and white?

It’s still possible to produce a black and white newspaper, but from now on it will be printed in colour on the colour printer. To get blacks looking nice and dark set them to rich black rather than 100%K.

Printing dates and turnaround times

Print dates and turnaround times are the same as before. The print deadline is every Tuesday at 2pm and the papers should reach you within 7 days, often sooner.


If you’d like a sample just drop us a line at and we’ll get one out to you.

Posted by Anne | Comments (4)

Filed under: developments, news and press


  1. Mon, 16 May 2011 at 10:29 pm
    Debbie Cooke Permalink

    Is it possible to have papers stapled in a4 size – i.e more like a booklet?

  2. Mon, 16 May 2011 at 10:43 pm
    anne Permalink

    Hi Debbie. We don’t do this just now but we may be able to in future. Could you send us an email with the details of how many copies you’re looking for and what your timescales are?


  3. […] we mentioned a little while ago, the page sizes for our digital colour newspapers will be changing. From next week, the digital […]

  4. Thu, 3 May 2012 at 3:48 pm
    James Permalink

    Are you able to print true white onto the paper? Or is it restricted to the page colour, i.e. the page colour will be substituted for white?

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