PDF Printing Service Explained

With printMe1.com, we have created a simple print service to print, bind, and ship your high page count PDFs.

Just upload your PDF and checkout in a few clicks, then receive professionally printed documents in your US mailbox as inexpensively as doing it yourself. No required log-in's or confusing options. Simple!

We also have some free tools to make it easy to compile and edit your PDF's before printing, and for instructors, we created an easy way to distribute Open Educational Resources in print to students and bookstores.

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Read on to find out more about printMe1.com’s simple pdf printing service!

Example color PDF with comb binding, our default option is all black and white

How to print and bind PDFs

While this is a very detailed explanation of our process, please keep in mind that your ordering experience will take less than two minutes once your PDF file is uploaded. Just upload a PDF and checkout. Simple!

Step 1: Upload your PDF

Click "Try us now" to open a finder window on your device, then find the PDF you would like to print. Select that file. It will upload automatically. If you have different PDFs you would like to print at the same time, you can select the other files later in this process.

Step 2: Choose your print type option

When you choose the type of printing for your PDF, note that we always print to fit an 8 ½” x 11” page. This means that no matter what size any page is in your PDF, it will be enlarged or reduced to fit the US Letter 8 ½" x 11" page size. Usually the pages in the PDF are always the same size, but sometimes they aren’t and can cause complicated issues. Our PDF print service fits them all to one page size,so they can all be bound together.

With our service, you can print in all color, all black & white, or Black & White with the 1st Page in Color. These are what we call the print type. Here are the print types:

Full color printing and binding


Color printing is best for PDF’s on subjects that involve color photos, but color printing costs more. Color printing is on a heavier 24# laser print paper so heavy coverage on one side of the page will not be as visible when reading the other side of the page. We print at high resolution 1,200 x 1,200 dpi, with 8 bit/ 265 gradation for maximum color depth.

Black & white

Black and White printing is very high resolution but less expensive then color printing, and uses a standard 20# bright white paper. We print at 1,200 x 1,200 dpi with the highest 265 gradation.

First page in color

If you prefer to have the cover page in color, and the rest black and white, we have that as an option.

One thing you won't see from our process is a question about printing double or single sided. Since we are printing your PDF like a book, we are always printing double-sided.

Step 3: Choose your binding type option

Next up is to choose the binding type for your print. Before you choose, please note that binding types all have a size limit based on the number of pages that can fit in the binding, and our system will only display bindings that will fit your document. We only print double-sided, like a book, so we automatically count the pages in your pdf, and calculate the sheets of paper that will fit the binding, and display the binding choices that will fit your page count.

Here are the binding types we offer: (Please note, our references to pages is based on the number of pages in your PDF, not the sheets of paper. A page in a book is ½ sheet of paper.)

Plastic coil binding

GBC Comb- Our "Standard". The GBC Comb bind is the Classic. It's hefty. Sturdy. Docs can lay flat. Our largest size holds 800 double-sided pages.

Plastic Coil-This type is a plastic coil spun onto pre-punched paper. Docs can lay flat. Our max size holds 400 double sided pages.

Wire-o- This is a metal comb that bends around the pre-punched sheets. The comb is like a metallic outline of the GBC Comb. It has a cool style to it, and the document will lay flat also. Our max comb holds 400 double-sided pages.

Velo- This is a unique binding. Two plastic strips are welded at 3 spindle points that hold it all together. This binding holds the most pages of all the bindings we offer at 900 double-sided pages. This binding is firm and difficult to lay flat. Behaves more like a book.

3 Hole Punch (3HP)- Our last one is 3HP. Use this for stuff you already have a binder for. There’s no limit on the number of pages we can punch. Binder Not Included.

No Binding- If you don’t want any binding and just want unpunched pages, choose this.

Step 4: Add other PDFs to the same order.

If you have other PDFs to add to the same order, click the link “Add another PDF”, and repeat steps 1-3. When you have added all of the PDF’s you want to print, go to the next step.

Step 5: Choose your shipping

We use the USPS to deliver your PDF directly to your US address. Most people choose our free standard shipping.

We also offer priority for an additional fee. Standard shipping takes 2-9 days according to the USPS. Priority shipping is 2-3 days. The shipping time is in addition to the printing time of up to 2 business days. With standard shipping, most orders in the US are received between 6-8 days on average, but please allow 2 weeks. Priority shipping will save time if you live in a remote area of the US, or need your print in 6 business days or less.

Step 6: Submit payment

We accept major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express), and also Paypal.

When you submit payment, you will be asked for your shipping address. Please make sure to include the correct recipient name and shipping address.

Our site will ask you if you would like to create an account which will then save your email address & shipping address for future orders.

Submit your payment and you're done! Now we go to work.

How we print and bind your PDF in 2 business days or less.

Step 1: We receive your order with all PDF’s you submitted to print.

Our process creates a job ticket with your order details for each PDF you printed. The following description refers to a single PDF, but if you had different PDF’s to print and bind, they would be following the same process.

Step 2: We print your PDF.

Printing options

Our printshop uses digital printing equipment that is toner based, and can easily print any quantity. A special feature of our toner is it contains a unique polymer made from a renewable biomass, designed to replace solvent based materials.

We send your PDF to the printer, and input the quantity. Our process will also input the binding here if you chose a binding that can be done in-line during the print process.

The other important detail about printing your PDF is we always print to fit an 8 ½” x 11” page. This means that no matter what size any page is in your PDF, it will be enlarged or reduced to fit the US Letter 8 ½" x 11" page size.

Print Type Details:


If you choose color printing for your PDF as your print type, those PDFs go to a high volume digital color printer. We use a state of the art, 1200x1200 dpi color printer that prints at 70 pages per minute on 24# bright white paper.

Black & white

If you chose black & white printing as your print type, those PDFs go to a large black & white digital printer. We use multiple state of the art 1200x1200 dpi printers that print 120 pages per minute on 20# bright white paper.

Black & white with 1st page color

If you chose Black & White with 1st Page Color as your print type, our process will send the 1st page of the PDF to the digital color press, then the rest of the PDF pages to the black & white press. The cover is matched up to the black & white pages after they are printed.

Step 3: Binding your printed PDF

Once your PDF is printed, next up is to bind it.

For any binding that we could not punch in line on the printer, we do this manually in our bindery.

We also add the clear front cover and black back cover at this step to protect your pages, and make it look like a book. If you chose 3 hole punch or “no binding” for your PDF, we do not add covers, and instead shrinkwrap the print so it stays together when shipped.

Step 4: Packaging

Our packaging materials are all paper based, and from manufacturers that verify that their packing & shipping products are sustainability sourced.

Each printed PDF is wrapped in a protective paper layer, and then placed in a cardboard literature box. The box is about 12” x 9“, and about as high as needed for your prints.The heights vary based on the number of PDF pages printed in your order. Packaging for larger orders to bookstores may differ.

Paper filler is used to fill any extra space in the package to keep the prints in place during shipping. All of our packaging materials are easily recycled.

PDF packaged and ready for shipping

Step 5: Shipping your printed PDF

The cardboard box is sealed and we create the shipping label from the address you provided when you placed your order to print the PDF.

Our shipping carrier visits our shop once per weekday to pick up everything that’s ready to go.

Your PDF is on its way!

Additional PDF tools and services

Do you want to combine multiple PDFs, remove pages, or add features like page numbers or a Table of contents automatically?

Start with our comprehensive PDF Builder and upload multiple PDFs that you want bound into a single document.

Are you teaching from Open Educational Resources (OER) in a PDF format and want to provide a print option for students or bookstores in the US?

Upload your PDF into our PDF Hosting facility, and once we've reviewed it (for copyright reasons), we'll provide a link to a unique landing page for your PDF. You can then distribute the link to bookstores or students for them to order a print without needing to upload the file themselves.

If you have any questions about any of our products or services, please contact us now.