Printers in Raleigh-Durham

It can be an overwhelming process to decide what print company to work with as a designer, especially if you are a freelancer. You want to give good advice to your clients about paper choice, color matching, overall quality, and pricing. But how do you know who to use? and how do you know who will provide the best quality for the money? or simply who can you trust to be affordable and honest about what they can deliver?

In the hopes of saving you some time, I have (loosely) compiled a list of local/online printers and paper suppliers that I have used for one project or another — and have been happy with the quality for the money we’ve spent. Good luck and let me know if you find a company that you think should be added to the list!

RDU Printers

I suggest requesting samples of completed work from the company and getting your hands on a client list that you can call for references. Ask about pricing, how they come up with their bids, and have them explain the budget behind the projects they show you. Sometimes the pieces they “show-off” turn out to be expensive and completely unrealistic budget wise. By no means is the list below all-encompassing or complete — but hopefully it gives you a place to start as you navigate the landscape of printers here in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Online Printers

If you’re working with an online printer, you can also request samples of their work and they’ll send you a free packet in the mail. It’s usually as simple as filling out an online form and you are less likely to speak to a “real person” during the entire process (that could be a positive or negative depending on what you prefer). Generally speaking, you’ll also have less available paper choices, generic page sizes, and you’ll have to take into account the cost of shipping. But some of these factors are the very reason the prices are so affordable.

CD/DVD Printers:


Paper Suppliers

Normally I work with a local paper representative assigned to a particular printer, but occasionally I have contacted the paper company directly for an order. Here are a few of my favorites: