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Due to global supply chain delays, your paper may have a slight variation in appearance between jobs.
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Color Copies

Cheap color copies and color printing.

Color copies print as low as 5¢ each.

Color copies are high-quality and affordable at any quantity. Digital printing makes color copies as cheap as 5¢ each. Order color printing today for great quality, speed and service.

Color copies print on custom paper options, from budget copy paper to specialty linen and metallic options. Choose print finishing options like folding, stapling and more. Enter your job details on the calculator to see your color copy prices. Or see more online printing services here.

Color printing as cheap as 5¢ per color copy

Color printing from 5¢/copy

Color Printing:

Cost vs. Quality

Color copies print cheapest on budget paper.

For the lowest color copy prices, print on 20/50# Bond. This is basic copy paper like you would find in a walk-in copy shop and gets the best high-volume color printing discount.

Bond paper has an uncoated surface, which subjects the print output to the natural grains and fibers of the paper. This makes it ideal for cheap high-volume color printing, but is not recommended for projects where the color, photos or graphics need to look their best, since the surface fibers can be fairly noticeable under solid toner coverage.

Gloss makes color printing "pop."

Printing on paper stocks such as 32/80# Text Gloss or 100# Text Gloss ensures the most vibrant photos and graphics. The semi-gloss finish makes colors and photos look more alive and eliminates show-through to the backside when printing double-sided.

For an even shinier finish, the 12-pt Cover High-gloss C1S has a photo-like gloss on one side and is uncoated on the back (like many postcards).

💡 Expert Advice

Strike a balance between print quality and affordability with 28/70# Text Smooth. This medium-weight, 98-brightness paper feels substantial and displays color printing beautifully, while affordable enough to keep your project within budget at high volumes.

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To get the best quality color printing, make sure to send us high-resolution graphics (300 pixels per inch is good) and stay on-par with our other best practices. Review our File Setup section to get an in-depth look at how your files should be setup for the best result.
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"You guys ROCK! We do a charity car show each year to benefit teen suicide prevention. Cost of materials is obviously a concern. This is the second year we have used you for our flyers and will continue to do so."Jeff L. - NC

"It's amazing to me the ease with which I get my letters printed by you. The quality is always wonderful. And the price is very reasonable. The service you offer is a perfect fit for me. Thank you!"Galen S. - FL

"As a non-profit organization, we have a very limited budget and have struggled with the cost of color copies. Your pricing for color copies has made having color copies possible. The process is amazingly easy. Thanks"Richard J. - KS

"I have placed several orders for flyers and all have been printed correctly and arrive quickly. Thanks!"Kimberly L. - CO

"We had priced color copying locally and were told that if we ran the copies ourselves it would be 49 cents per impression, and if our order were run by the supplier the charge would be 59 cents. We are a local government and struggling with costs like so many others, so finding a source for our limited use of color copies that is both reasonably priced and efficient is very important. Your service was great."Tara N.

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Color Printing Templates

Color copies are typically 8.5x11, but other sizes can be ordered.Please let us know if you need additional sizes or file types.

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Color Printing FAQ

Common questions about printing color copies:

Are color copies cheap?

Color printing is high quality and affordable at any quantity, thanks to major advances in digital printing technology. Your price will depend on the number of originals, quantity and paper type. Our best price break for color copies is 10,000 copies of 1 original on 20/50# Bond at just 5.3¢ each.

Color Copy Prices:

(1 original, single sided)
Paper Type# Color Copies

Price per Color Copy

20/50# Bond1000$0.083/ea
2500$0.073/ea
5000$0.063/ea
10,000$0.053/ea
25,000$0.05/ea
Prices do not include any time-sensitive promotions/coupons. Enter job details on the order form for a custom quote.

Is color printing the same as color copies?

Color copies are printed on high-quality digital presses. Digital color printing uses toner instead of ink, which decreases the cost substantially for small to mid-volume print runs. Our color copies cost just pennies a piece and are produced on flagship, state-of-the-art machines that produce quality color printing at the lowest price possible.

For the highest quality color printing, we suggest glossy paper, which is available in a variety of text and cover weights.

Why not print color copies near me?

Professional printing companies are all charged a 'click rate' by their suppliers. This is the cost they are charged for each sheet passed through the machine (per printed side) to cover maintenance and other terms of their contracts.

Companies like DocuCopies, who are printing hundreds of thousands of sheets per day or more, are able to negotiate a much lower click rate than local walk-in copy shops because of the volume. This means we can charge you less.

Sometimes you need printing fast or even same-day printing. While we do offer Rush Services as fast as next-day delivery, we know sometimes going local for color copies near you is unavoidable. But if you're printing any serious color volume and have a day or more to wait for delivery, searching for color copies near me will almost always cost you more than color printing at DocuCopies.

What is bleed printing?

A bleed is when printing extends to the edge of the finished sheet. By default, digital printing leaves 1/4 inch blank margin around the edge. To print to the edge, the file must be setup in a special way so that the printers can print it slightly larger than the finish size. Printed copies are then trimmed to remove the extra print and white space, leaving you with borderless color copies.

Because of the larger paper and additional finishing involved, bleed printing does add cost to the color copies. If you're trying to keep your costs as low as possible and don't mind the white borders, avoid printing with bleeds. But if your design only looks right printing to the edge, make sure your files are setup correctly and choose Bleeds: Yes, print to edge.

Bleed Setup Guide

How fast can I get my color copies?

Typically color copies take 2-4 days for production plus shipping. If you add bleeds, folding or any other finishing options, this typically adds 1 day for production.

Rush delivery is available! Place your item(s) in your shopping cart, select your billing and enter shipping information to see the estimated delivery times, rush options and costs.

Will double sided copies show through to the backside?

To avoid any showthrough whatsoever from one side to the other, we recommend the 32/80# Text (gloss or smooth).

If you want to keep the costs lower, most people are happy with the 28/70# Text Smooth. This is a mid-weight paper and has minimal show-through, which is much less noticeable if both sides have roughly equal amounts of coverage.

How do you make such cheap color copies?

The biggest key to our cheap color copies and color printing service is volume. A typical walk-in copy shop is lucky to print a few hundred copies in a given business day. But because we're regularly printing in the hundreds of thousands, we're able to negotiate ultra-low click rates (the cost we're charged to pass a sheet through a digital press) from our vendors, which allows us to slash prices for color copies and other products.

One side is color and one is B&W. How do I price this?

We do have a formula for saving money if one side is black and white / grayscale. This does not come into play if your quantity is less than approximately 2,500. For a custom printing quote, please enter your job details in the calculator as Full Color, then click Custom Quote Request and enter your request. We will price out your custom color printing quote and get back to you.

What paper should I use for a resume?

You want to leave a strong first impression, but you don't need to go overboard. We suggest the 32/80# Text Smooth if you're printing color copies for your resume, business proposals or anything else that requires gaining the confidence of your audience.

For a complete list of our paper types and suggested uses, check out our paper catalog.

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