Sheetfed printing should be a reliable process really. A sheet comes in, the sheet fed printer prints within the bounds of the sheet and then you get the result. It is simple and in most cases, this kind of sheetfed printing should produce good results. However, in the off chance that your prints still did not look good after printing, you should realize that there might be some more significant changes that you need to make in your process.

In this article, I will tell you about a few of the common reasons why your prints may not look good after sheetfed printing. These are more systematic mistakes that you might want to avoid and check for in your own printing processes. So read on and check.

1. You didn’t use common standard templates – A sheetfed printer of course will always have to accept a specific type or size of sheet. In fact, most sheet fed printers have pre-set device structures to precisely position standard sheets for perfect printing each time. What trips this system off and of course what may be the cause of bad type printing is when you do not use common or standard templates.

Using a more customized template of course means that the sheetfed printing will just try its best to adapt that uncommon design to the standard sheet it has. This results in misaligned prints that just do not look good after printing. That is why in sheetfed printing, it is highly recommended that you use common standard templates in your designs.

2. You failed to follow the margin guidelines – Another probable mistake that will cause bad looking prints for you would be to fail to follow the main margin guidelines. Those guidelines are placed of course for a reason. They mark where your main content elements are limited to. If you go beyond this, then you will guarantee yourself bad looking prints that may not be worth printing. So make it a point to always follow margins and guidelines.

3. You didn’t add printing bleeds – You might also have forgotten to add printing bleeds. The printing bleed is an extension of your design (more particularly its background) that is added to compensate of irregularities in the printing and cutting.

This allows the designs to look seamless even though some of the sides might have been printed or folded in a slightly crooked fashion. If you forget about these bleeds, you will run the risk of having off white spots or lines in your prints leading to bad looking materials.

4. You did not proofread your design and content – Another common reason why your prints might not look good is because you did not proofread your design and its contents. While it might look good at first, there are many small type errors and mistakes in your design that might still make your designs and content look less than ideal. Proofreading allows you to minimize and even totally eliminate those errors. That is why it is important to always do this, otherwise, your prints will not be ideal for mass consumption.

5. You did not check your printing options – Finally, the error might be that you did not check your printing options. Your choices for printing of course should be very specific. Make sure that you review and check them, so that you know exactly what you will be expecting form your prints. Otherwise, you run the risk of getting prints with the options that are too expensive or too ugly for your taste.

So are these one of the reasons why your own prints do not look as good? Just read the articles above and see. Good luck!

Author's Bio: 

Irene Thonpson spent 5 years guiding businesses to get new customers and increase sales. To experience fast, full color and high quality commercial printing, visit