Designing For Print
Collected here are printers that are available throughout the entire United States (and also do some shipping abroad). I still highly recommend finding a local printer whenever you can.
Custom letterpress plate manufacturer based in the U.S.
Czar Press — Highly recommended
Top-notch letterpress printer; located in California, U.S. but ships internationally
Eco-friendly online printer; prints on kraft paper; ships within the U.S.
Database for finding local letterpress, offset, digital, and screen printers in the U.S.
Printer with an exceptional range of business card options; based in the U.S. and Canada but ships internationally
A spot color print shop offering custom letterpress, hot foil, and screen printing; based in Florida, U.S.
Database for finding all types of printers
Decent quality for very fast turnarounds on low budget jobs; based in the U.S. but ships internationally
A wide array of modern, semi-custom stationery and greeting cards; based in the U.S.
Printed.com — Highly recommended
A versatile online printing company; based in the U.K. but ships internationally
Mass producer of custom stationery, perfect for creating your own stationery line! Only ships within the U.S.
Printing for stationery and a range of products including wrapping paper and notepads; ships only within the U.S.
Printing Books & Products
Awesome Merchandise — Highly recommended
Custom, small-run printer of merchandise and paper products; especially fine screen printing of apparel and tote bags; based in the U.K. but ships internationally
Blurb.com — Highly recommended
On-demand traditional, photo, and cook book printing based in the U.S. but ships internationally
A producer of natural products using beautiful fibrous papers; products range from CD cases to photo albums to jewelry boxes.
Printer of photo books and photos of glass, metal, and more; based in San Francisco, California, but ships worldwide
Custom printed stationery and photo albums; ships to the U.S. and Canada
Offers a huge variety of high-quality printed items from booklets to calendar, signs to banners, window clings to posters; only ships within the U.S.
Your Box Solution
Customizable white and kraft boxes in hundreds of sizes; white and kraft; based in Oregon, U.S., but ships worldwide
Print Design Help
Free service for creating cohesive color palettes
Coolers — Highly recommended
Color palette generator with features like pulling color schemes from photos you upload and integrating with Photoshop. Press the spacebar to generate color schemes at random
Fonts in Use
A simple but inspirational site telling you what fonts were used in real designs
Foto Rx | Shopkeeper's Helper — Highly recommended
Super easy Photoshop actions for production photography; a fantastic time-saver for bloggers and e-shop owners from the founders of Besotted Blog
Foto Rx | First Aid Kit — Highly recommended
"A cure for the common capture," these Photoshop actions turn photography from lifeless to artistic, without being overly "Photoshopped" looking; from the founders of Besotted Blog
An invaluable resource for learning the nitty-gritty tools and tricks of Adobe InDesign
Lettering Rx | Paper to Pixel — Highly recommended
The world's first and best automated lettering clean-up tool, taking you from paper to pixel in seconds; great even for users with no Photoshop skills; from the founders of Besotted Blog
Pantone Color Swatch Books
For precise color-matching and printing, these are essential!
Wordmark.It — Highly recommended
A website that accesses all the fonts on your computer and lets you easily browse any text you input in all your fonts