WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING
Wonderful communication, great prices and great product!
Your are convenient, very very prompt, excellent execution, polite, friendly and fairly priced. I will always come to you when I have the need.
I am so impressed with the speed, accuracy, and responsiveness at Alpha Graphics. Keep up the amazing work.
Ali has been awesome. Fast response and superb service! Thank you.
Britta was wonderful to work with and she was on top of it! We received our product in a very quick manner.
Great customer care and communication with me when I was ordering my stickers. Also ready very quickly and I was very happy with the stickers!
A straight forward job with a straight forward solution.
Fantastic quality and service.
I mostly corresponded with Ali at the Apple Valley location during my ordering process. She was lovely to work with and always prompt in her responses. It was my first time ordering from AlphaGraphics, so I didn’t really know what to expect. I’m thrilled to say my project came out infinitely better than I expected. I ordered a 16 x 20 print that included a photo and script. The print was crisp and the color was vibrant. Overall, I’m incredibly happy with my experience.
Everyone that has helped us, especially Jessica, has been amazing. Very timely follow-up in every order and they go the extra mile to try to get you everything you want / need. No complaints here!
I live in Northern Utah and needed something printed for my aunt who lives near Minneapolis. Angela helped me get the document resized and ready for large-format printing. She also recommended lamination, which was genius! I also needed this on a deadline! Angela was amazing at getting things ready and printed - especially with her client at a distance! I am very impressed and my aunt was thrilled with the finished product. Thank you so much for your hard work and incredible customer service! Big kudos to Angela!!
It was convenient and easy to work with Ali and the graphic design. My needs were addressed and our final product is perfect.
Did the whole thing by email and post. Thanks for making this as easy as possible!
I had a wonderful experience working with Angela! She was incredibly knowledgeable about your products and available services, as well as options available to hang our finished product!
Kellie and the team went over and above to do a great job for me! It’s very appreciated!
Quick response, quick action, professional and clear commmunication. Excellent final product!
Jessica M was great and made sure everything was perfect about our order, including printing details and shipping times.
Kelli Anderson was very helpful! We had a weird request and she was able to find the right product for us!
Fantastic service during quotes & working with installer.
Working with AlphaGraphics was amazing. We had a vision of what quality and style we needed in order to meet our marketing needs and AlphaGraphics delivered!
Alpha Graphics is a fantastic service partner to work with. We coordinated a large, high profile project that required additional support and planning. Alpha Graphics stepped up to meet the customer's needs with outstanding product quality, reliability, and customer service. They went above and beyond to make our project a success. Thank you!
Responsive, courteous, and timely -- we have a great relationship with AlphaGraphics.
great customer service and quality for this very last minute job.
My project was small, a one time thing, and I really appreciated your working with me so we ended up with a great final results of the 2 Grad posters, but within a reasonable cost. Great job. Thanks
Amazing service. So kind and friendly!
Great service & great product results!
Service was great. I was in a bind and needed help pretty quickly. From the time the telephone was answered until I picked up my documents two hours later, everything was quick and smooth. Customer service was great. I was at a FedEx Kinkos office getting poor service when I did a search on my phone on google, found you and telephoned. Thank you!
Just a great experience -- Kellie was professional, knowledgeable, helpful, responsive, polite. Will be getting in touch with her for any future printing needs. Thanks!
Very fast response time and they make sure the products are exactly what you are looking for!
Response time is always so quick and the final product never disappoints!
I had top notch service and help with my request. Ali was prompt with getting me the information I needed and then following up.
Simple, friendly and efficient.
Excellent customer service from start to finish. Project came in very timely and superior quality.
Jessica was timely and efficient! She understood our needs, and she was able to pivot last minute when we needed to change our order from a pickup to a delivery.
The team at AlphaGraphics is always wonderful to work with. They make every effort to accommodate any request.
I've gone through multiple reps there, all have been great to work with!
Very quick customer service. I remember when I submitted my quote with them, I received a phone call within 5 minutes. Will definitely use again.
Kellie and Britta were awesome! The on-site installer did an amazing job too.
Many thanks to Steve and his team for taking care of our clients' needs, great job!
Kelly was super helpful and friendly
My experience has been very positive. Staff is extremely friendly and helpful.
Very accommodating I had to order more product. They got it ready for me the same day.
Always a great experience working with alphagraphics.
It was so easy to get a quote, work with the graphics template, and pick up our order. Thank you!
Great responsiveness and great quality.
Steve was very helpful solving one "small /big" problem we had. I really appreciate his diligence to solve the problem.
Kellie was the customer service specialist who helped me put together a few posters and programs for my wedding. She was very helpful and extremely efficient in her communications to ensure that my expedited timeline was met. I would recommend working with Alpha Graphics to anyone who has any creative/printing needs.
Professional and Prompt! Thank you!
Britta is always very helpful, flexible, and quick to respond. We are provided with high quality products.
ALL ABOUT PRINTING
ARE THERE PRINT SIZE LIMITATIONS?
Yes, and no. Our digital copiers will take sheet sizes as small as 4.25” x 5.5” up to 13” x 19”. Traditional offset can accept sheet sizes up to 12” x 18”. Our in-house large format printers can produce graphics up to 41.5” wide. If you have specific questions about our sizing options, please do not hesitate to give us a call.
WHAT IS A PROOF AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
In printing terms, a proof is a one-off copy of your document after all modifications and printing setup processes have been completed. It is your last, and best, opportunity to make sure that your print job comes out the way you envisioned. By carefully inspecting the proof, you can help ensure an accurate, flawless delivery of your print job the first time.
DO YOU REQUIRE MINIMUM QUANTITIES ON ANY OF YOUR PRODUCTS?
Nope! Some printing methods may be more cost-effective than others, but our professional staff are happy to work with you to determine which printing method is best for your project.
DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COLOR SEPARATIONS OR HALF-TONE PRINTING TO GET MY JOB COMPLETED?
Absolutely not! We handle all the "back-end" production for you.
The terms are pretty easy to understand, though. Color separation refers to our offset printing process, where we use cyan, magenta, yellow, and black in four separate plates that go directly to the press. These four colors can create almost any color you can imagine!
Half-tone printing refers to converting a solid tone of black ink or one color into tiny dots that are invisible to the eye to create your image. You see a solid image, but it’s really created from the spacing of these tiny dots.
IS WHITE CONSIDERED A PRINTING COLOR?
Not typically. Because white is the default color of paper, it is simply recognized as the absence of ink.
WHAT PAPER TYPES DO YOU OFFER?
We have a large collection of “house” stocks in our production area. If you have a specific style in mind, we can check our in-house inventory to see if our selection is able to match your tastes. Or, we’ll check with our paper vendors to see what they have on hand. Keep in mind that special stocks or materials may require bulk purchasing from suppliers.
WHAT IS THE PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM?
The Pantone Matching System (PMS) is a color reproduction standard in which colors all across the spectrum are each identified by a unique, independent number. The use of PMS allows us to precisely match colors and maintain color consistency throughout the printing process.
WHY DO THE PRINTED COLORS LOOK DIFFERENT THAN THE COLORS ON MY SCREEN?
In short, printers and monitors produce color in different ways. Monitors use the RGB (red, green, blue) color model, which usually supports a wider spectrum of colors. Printers use the CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) color model, which can reproduce most—but not all—of the colors in the RGB color model.
Depending on the equipment used, CMYK generally matches 85–90% of the colors in the RGB model. When a color is selected from the RGB model that is out of the range of the CMYK model, the application chooses the closest matching color. Programs like Adobe Photoshop will allow you to choose which color will be replaced; others may not. We’ll provide you with a sample print right before we print your job to ensure a "what-you-see-is-what-you-get" final product.
COMMON PRINTING TERMS
BIND: To fasten sheets with wire, thread, glue, or by any other means.
BINDING: A name given for any of many procedures used to put pages together.
BLEED: Printing that goes to the edge of the sheet. Trimming is required to make the printing run to the edge of a sheet.
CAST-COATED: Coated paper with a high- gloss reflective finish.
COATED PAPER: Paper with a clay or other coating applied to one, or both, sides. The coating can be dull, gloss, matte, or a number of other finishes. Coated paper generally produces sharper, brighter images and has a more refelctive quality than uncoated paper.
COLLATE: To put pages in a certain order for binding.
COLOR CORRECTION: Methods of improving color separations and definition.
COVER PAPER: A heavy printing paper primarily used to cover books or make presentation folders.
SIDE-STITCHING: Stapling through the spine from front to back. The publication will not lay flat when opened.
CROP: To trim a picture, image, or printed sheet.
CROP MARKS: Printed lines showing where to trim a printed sheet.
GLOSS: A shiny paper coating that reflects light.
LAMINATE: To cover with protective film. Also used to bond or glue one surface to another.
MATTE FINISH: Dull paper or ink finish.
OFFSET PRINTING: Printing which involves a plate that makes an inked impression on a rubber-blanketed cylinder, which, in turn, transfers it to the paper.
PERFECT BINDING: An unsewn, flat-spined book binding made with glue.
RESOLUTION: The degree of sharpness of a computer-generated image as measured by the number of dots per linear inch in a hard-copy printout or, the number of pixels across and down on a display screen.
SADDLE-STITCHING: A type of binding that uses wire stapling at the center of a magazine or pamphlet.
SCORE: Creasing paper to help it fold more neatly.
WHAT TYPES OF PRODUCTS AND SERVICES DO YOU PROVIDE?
AlphaGraphics is a full service marketing communications provider, and offer a wide range of products and services. To see a full listing of our services, check out the Products & Services area of our website.
WHAT TYPES OF MARKETING TECHNIQUES CAN YOU ADD TO MY PRINTED MATERIALS?
OUR MULTI-CHANNEL MARKETING OPTIONS INCLUDE:
- QR Codes
- 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 in concert with your printed communications to improve your ROI.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR MINNEAPOLIS COMMERCIAL PRINT CENTER
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
We are located at 811 LaSalle Avenue 187, suite 207 (skyway level) in downtown Minneapolis. We’ve been servicing the downtown and surrounding business community since 1985. Our Minneapolis design, print, sign and marketing center is excited to offer the loyalty, commitment and excitement that comes from local ownership backed by the high-quality standards of the world-wide AlphaGraphics company.
WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF ALPHAGRAPHICS?
AG was founded in 1970 in Tucson Arizona. Since then it has developed into a worldwide company with more than 260 independently owned and operated business centers. Our dedication to print and marketing communications has established AlphaGraphics as a global leader. If you’re looking to increase your brand visibility, contact your local AlphaGraphics center to learn more.
HOW CAN YOU HELP ME KEEP UP WITH THE CONSTANT CHANGES IN PRINTING TECHNOLOGY?
One of the best ways to keep up with technological advancements in our field is to sign up for our blogs. Our leading experts in printing are constantly writing blogs for us on topics that can increase your printing acumen. Here are some recent blog entries.
- Three Reasons Direct Mail is a Powerhouse Marketing Tool
- Go BIG with Window, Wall and Floor Graphics
- Cut Through Message Clutter with Unique Brand Tools
WHAT PRINT PRODUCTS DO YOU PROVIDE?
Our extensive print portfolio of products and services are part of a broad range of marketing, sign, and print solutions. Examples of just a few premium quality printing projects we do are brochures, presentation materials, catalogs, letterhead, and postcards. Contact us to talk to one of our knowledgeable and experienced reps as to what paper, color and print process makes the most sense for your project.
WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE TO WORK WITH ALPHAGRAPHICS?
Because we are industry leaders when it comes to our team of experts, our cutting edge technology and our innovative print, marketing and design solutions. When you choose AlphaGraphics, you get certified accuracy, quality, and consistency. How? Because we created a Quality Management Program that’s designed to ensure that every project meets the highest quality standards. Let us know why our motto is “can do”!
AREAS WE SERVE
Our Minneapolis commercial print center offers commercial printing services in Minneapolis and the west metro, including Plymouth, Minnetonka, Golden Valley, St. Louis Park and Edina.