WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING
Accommodating with special requests and prompt to respond via email.
Charles was incredible!! He made the impossible happen with a very short time window and did what our three full time designers could not do. We will recommend to everyone, and, seriously, Charles is amazing.
Love the high level of service and attention to detail with creating the direct mail piece and flyers.
Ali & John were great to work with!
The AlphaGraphics team was amazing ! I had a rush order that they happily walked me through, executed perfectly, in the timeline needed! I was very impressed and will definitely recommend them for use.
the work was very good and timely
The experience I have had is GREAT!!
Very accommodating most of the time.
We absolutely love working with Britta and the team!!!
The young woman who assisted me with my order was knowledgeable and professional and knew the business. The designer had recommendations to make my Christmas card design look great.
I have now worked on a few projects with Eileen and she has always delivered! The cards and brochures we’ve received have always been of excellent quality. I had an order that had a tight deadline and they came through right on time. Wouldn’t go anywhere else!
Every time I use AlphaGraphics, I can rest assured that my products will be high quality and speedy turn around time.
Every time I have used Alpha Graphics it has been a professional experience. My project gets done exactly as requested in a timely manner.
Alpha Graphics responds promptly and handles our request perfectly with no delay. They are a great printer
Friendly, quick service.
Ali is easy to work with and listens to our feedback to understand our needs. The I.T. recruiting banner turned out nice.
Thanks for the quick turnaround on our poster request!
The AlphaGraphics team always goes above and beyond to get the project done and make the tight deadline for my client.
Staff was friendly and knowledgeable, turn around time was good, great overall service.
Everything looks good and professional
I came in at last minute and printing job done quicker than expected. During the holidays!
The team at Alphagraphics went above and beyond to deliver my project on time, despite a very tight deadline and during the holidays. I highly recommend their services and know who to call for my printing needs in Minneapolis!
Ali McMann was the person took my order and did a very good job. She was very courteous and efficient. Thank You. Forrest
Everything was done promptly and reasonably priced. I would use Alphagraphics again if the situation called for it. Thank you.
Ali was great help with quick an effective follow-up!!
Britta is awesome, the turn around, design help, and overall experience was great.
Ali was responsive and very knowledgeable regarding the process.
I had a last minute (very last minute) request and Britta Bader was the best. She was so helpful - giving me the reassurance I needed that the request will be filled and taken care of in the time I needed. Thank you!
We use AlphaGraphics on a regular basis - they are our preferred vendor.
Britta has been great.
It has been a pleasure to work with Britta - she is very responsive and highly professional.
Everyone was very easy to work with and turned my order around quickly.
Staff confirmed before printing the order was correct, and promptly notified me when it was done.
Top-notch service with high-quality output. I am also in the printing business, as our in-plant for the company. Alphagraphics helps me with the specialty and large format things that I don't have the capability to produce. The team in Minneapolis always goes the extra mile for me and my demanding needs!
Customer service is excellent. Karen Kerrick always is ready to help when needed.
It all worked so well I will be using you again this week! Thank you so much for personally delivering the printouts at the hotel for me!
People were very helpful and friendly.
Always quick, responsive. Very happy with services and products.
Alphagraphics does a really good job in getting orders to our business in a timely manner and the finished product is always great quality!
Mikaela went above and beyond customer service for me! She made sure my sign was done to my satisfaction and she personally delivered it to me since I could not make it to pick up. Thanks so much! I appreciate her!
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!
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.