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811 LaSalle Avenue
Skyway Level
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
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YOU'VE GOT PRINTING QUESTIONS. WE HAVE ANSWERS

Wondering how to turn your ground-breaking vision into a high-impact visual? Need a short run print project for your corporate event next week? Whatever the job, AlphaGraphics marketing and print professionals have you covered.

Check out the answers to some of our most frequently received questions below. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Contact us right now and a friendly team member will be happy to assist you.

ORDER QUESTIONS

HOW DO I GET AN ESTIMATE?

You can fill out an online estimate request form, or call and talk with one of our team members.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR MY ORDER TO BE COMPLETED?

Most jobs take 24-48 hours to complete once approval is received; though offset press projects take longer. If you’re working within a time constraint, let us know when you call for a quote. We can look at our print production schedule to ensure that you will meet your deadline.

DO YOU OFFER DELIVER AND PICK-UP?

Yes, we offer free local delivery and pickup of your projects within our main service areas.

Design FAQs

FILE DETAILS

WHAT FILE FORMAT IS PREFERRED FOR DIGITAL DOCUMENTS?

We prefer PDFs (Portable Document Format) with a minimum 1/8” bleed and crop marks. Most office and design programs allow you to save or export your files into a PDF format. Occasionally, the original file may be needed if artwork edits are required.

WHAT RESOLUTION DO MY PHOTOS AND GRAPHICS NEED TO BE SET TO?

Resolution should be set to 300 dpi. Pictures and graphics pulled from the internet are often low resolution, typically 72 dpi or 96 dpi. Avoid these graphics, as they will appear pixelated and blocky when printed. Also, save all photos in CMYK mode, not RGB when possible. Images saved in RGB mode may not print properly. If you are unable to save your image in CYMK mode, please let us know.

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY FONTS WILL LOOK CORRECT?

The best way to ensure your artwork fonts will print correctly is to send them as outlined objects in your original file. If your program doesn’t allow this, packaging or sending us the fonts will work as well. If you have a question about how to send your fonts properly, please call us and we’ll be glad to help.

 Design FAQs

GENERAL QUESTIONS

WHAT TYPES OF PRODUCTS AND SERVICES DO YOU PROVIDE?

AlphaGraphics is a full service marketing communications provider, and offers a wide range of print, marketing, design, and sign services. To see a full listing of our services, check out the What We Offer area of our website.

WHAT TYPES OF MARKETING TECHNIQUES CAN YOU ADD TO MY PRINTED MATERIALS?

OUR MULTI-CHANNEL MARKETING SOLUTIONS INCLUDE:

  • QR Codes
  • PURLs
  • SMS and MMS marketing
  • Video production and editing
  • Variable mapping
  • Social media marketing
  • Mobile optimized websites, and so much more!

 

Call our team today to learn more about the tools we can use with your printed communications to improve your ROI.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR MINNEAPOLIS COMMERCIAL PRINT CENTER

WHERE IS ALPHAGRAPHICS LOCATED?

We are located in downtown Minneapolis at 811 LaSalle Avenue 187, suite 207 on the skyway level.  We’ve been servicing the downtown and surrounding business community since 1985.  Our Minneapolis commercial design, print, and marketing center is excited to offer the excitement, loyalty, and commitment that comes from local ownership combined with AlphaGraphics’ high-quality standards. 

WHAT IS ALPHAGRAPHICS’ BACKGROUND?

AlphaGraphics started in Tucson, Arizona in 1970 and has grown into a worldwide company with over 260 independently owned and operated commercial printing centers.  We are considered a global leader in print, sign, and marketing communications. 

AS A BUSINESS OWNER, HOW DO I KEEP UP AS A ‘MARKETER’ IN THIS CONSTANTLY CHANGING FIELD OF DESIGN?

One of the best ways to stay up-to-date on the latest developments in design and marketing is to follow the leading experts in these fields on social media.  Our website provides some vital information on design innovation in the form of our blog and AG’s social media.  Here is a sampling of a few recent blogs posted to our AlphaGraphics blog.

Remember to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to receive the latest news and information that can help boost your design and marketing strategy.

WHAT MARKETING AND DESIGN SERVICES DO YOU PROVIDE?

We provide a broad range of design and marketing solutions.  Our portfolio of products and services range from design to marketing to sign and print solutions.  We provide top-quality design for projects that include: promotional products, logo design, branding and identity, and graphic design.  Stop by anytime and talk to one of our knowledgeable and experienced customer service reps as to what design solution makes the most sense for your project.

WHY WORK WITH ALPHAGRAPHICS?

If you want your customers to recognize your brand and associate it with quality, a professional design and marketing strategy is critical.  When you work with our experts, you get certified accuracy, quality, and consistency.  How?  Because we created a Quality Management Program that makes sure every project meets the highest quality standards every day, for every project.  Contact us and start working with us today!

AREAS WE SERVE

Our Minneapolis commercial print center offers commercial design and marketing services in Minneapolis and the west metro, including Plymouth, Minnetonka, Golden Valley, St. Louis Park and Edina. 

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