Overnight Prints is another great online printing service with a compelling lineup of features, efficient ordering, and good quality. The “overnight” moniker is a bit misleading as it only refers to printing turnaround and not shipping time, but it’s still a speedy and high-quality online printing service. Overnight Prints may not be the best overall online printer we reviewed, but they’ve got a lot going for them and are certainly one of the most popular alternatives (and with good reason).
Designing and ordering are both easy with Overnight Prints. The whole process is pretty intuitive and efficient. There are three general design workflows; express, advanced, and upload your own design. The express designer walks you through a step-by-step process of choosing and customizing a pre-made template. The advanced designer takes advantage of their cutting-edge online interactive graphics tool to help you bring your design idea to life. And the Upload Your Design tool is pretty self explanatory (supporting TIF, PDF, JPG, EPS, and AI files).
Overnight Prints has “start files” with bleed and trim guidelines that can be downloaded for Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, Macromedia Freehand or Fireworks, Corel Draw, WordPerfect, Paint Shop Pro, Microsoft Word, or even OpenOffice. Alternatively, you can follow their step-by-step instructions on creating your own start file template within the specific program.
Overnight Prints offers a pretty good selection of actual printable products, as well as a good selection of additional finishing features. They print business identity materials like business cards, letterheads and envelopes. Overnight Prints also prints marketing documents like rack cards, postcards, and brochures. They also can produce customized self-inking stamps or custom designed t-shirts.
Overnight Prints’ express designer has a large selection of predesigned templates and backgrounds to choose from and customize. The advanced online design tool has the same backgrounds, but gives you much more design flexibility. The Overnight Prints online designer is very straightforward, and includes basic text tools, shape creation, align and rotate tools. The utility also has some very advanced features (as far as online design tools go), including transparency controls and layer controls.
After you’re done designing you can view a preview (this also serves as your proof and approval) to check for design accuracy. You can save completed designs (uploaded and online created) in your shopping cart to order (or edit) later. Overall, the design features of Overnight Prints are quite good and add a good deal of design flexibility.
The various products are printed on product-appropriate paper grades (typically 15 pt cardstock) and can be gloss or matte coated for free. Overnight Prints offers UV spotting to make particular designs really stand out and shine. They also offer rounded corner cutting and perforation for easy folding.
Overnight Prints has single-day turnaround on actual print times, after which your prints are packaged and sent to a UPS Hub. If you order next day air shipping and 1 business day print time, your orders can be delivered within two days (order Monday, receive Wednesday). If you’re not in a hurry, you can order prints with a 3-day or 5-10 day turnaround.
Overnight Prints is a one-stop print and mail solution, offering postcard marketing mailing. You can rent a mailing list (from infoUSA) or upload one of your own and have your products shipped directly to potential customers through standard USPS. The mailing list service includes ink jet addressing, CASS certification, postal standardization and presorting, and postage.
The quality of the sample prints we had delivered was quite good, Overnight Prints delivered high-quality prints on a number of products. The various finishes and spot UV coating look good, and the cutting and perforation was precise.
Overnight Prints maintains professional true offset lithography presses for most of their prints, with up to 4800 dpi resolution.
Unfortunately, Overnight Prints does not utilize hard copy proofs and cannot guarantee match-product color consistency. As long as you use CMYK colors you should be fine. Overall, the quality of Overnight Prints finished products is top-notch.
Online, you can find answers to a number of questions in the company FAQ section. There are also several resources that can help you understand the ordering process, common printing mistakes, and other professional printing terms. Additional questions can be directed to their support team via email or by calling them on the phone.
Overall, Overnight Prints is a great way to go for online printing. They print a number of products, have a flexible design process, and deliver quality prints. Their speedy prints and efficient ordering process set Overnight Prints above most of the online printing competition.
Overnight Prints offers efficient ordering services with a high-quality product.
The turnaround time may be overnight, but the shipping is not.
This is a very easy-to-use service that delivers excellent products.