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Color Copies / Color Printing

Cheap Color Copies, Priceless Quality.

Someone once said life is a series of compromises, but you don't need to sacrifice on quality color copies to stay within your budget. Cheap color copies don't have to look cheap.

We offer top-quality color printing at competitive prices (as low as 5¢ per piece), plus a wide range of paper weights, coatings and finishing options to bring your color copies to life. If you're not sure what to pick, read on for tips on getting the most out of your cheap color copies.

Cost vs. Quality: If you're new to printing, you may want to start by checking out our detailed paper descriptions. While the cheapest color copies can be produced on our 20/50# white laser bond paper, we suggest upgrading the paper for a better product if it's in your budget. Heavier paper also reduces show-through to the backside, which can be crucial if printing double sided.

Expert Advice A good cost-vs-quality paper is the 28/70# Text Smooth - heavy enough to give your audience the assurance of high quality and professionalism, but cheap enough to keep your budget boat afloat.

Make It Pretty: For graphically-rich color copies, gloss always looks better. Try our 32/80# Glossy Text paper, or go even heavier with the 100# Glossy Text. Because the toner sits on top of the glossy finish, the fibers and texture of the paper remain invisible, making colors brighter and more saturated, and photos more lifelike.

Make sure to send us high-resolution graphics (300dpi is good) and stay on-par with our other best practices. Review our File Setup Help section to get an in-depth look at how your files should be setup for the best print quality.

"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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Below you'll find JPG templates for color copies in various sizes. Please let us know if you need additional sizes or file types.

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8.5" x 11" Color Copies TemplateJPGJPG
8.5" x 5.5" Color Copies TemplateJPGJPG
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6" x 9" Color Copies TemplateJPGJPG
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4.25" x 5.5" Color Copies TemplateJPGJPG
4.25" x 11" Color Copies TemplateJPGJPG
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FAQ

Are color copies affordable?

Digital printing has made color copies much cheaper than they were in the past. Your price will depend on the number of originals, quantity and paper type. Our best price break for color copies is for 10,000 copies of 1 original on 20/50# Bond at just 5¢ each.

Enter your job details on the calculator to see your color copy prices.

Why print online instead of getting 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 low-price color copies and other online printing services 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 1,000. For a custom quote with one side color, one side B&W, please enter your job details in the calculator as Full Color, then click Save as Quote and contact us to customize your color copy job.

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.

Paper Catalog

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