HOW DO I GET BETTER PRINTING RESULTS
There is no exact recipe, but here are a couple of good advices. Every project has at least three sides and they have to work together as a team: designer, printer and paper merchant.
How to choose the right printer
ask for samples
ask for samples with special techniques which you are planning to use for your project
ask what their turnaround time is
ask if they have direct imaging press, which makes making film unnecessary
ask what line screen they use
ask what kind of ink they use, if the ink is chemical free or not
ask if they have in-house pre-press and bindery
ask how they control quality
ask yourself if you are comfortable with your sales rep
How to choose the right paper
It is a good idea to call your paper merchant early and discuss with them your project. Their experience will help you select the right stock. Also they can help you with samples and finishing tips. Do not forget to ask your printer as well. Sometimes printers can be more useful. It is very important to know what you can do with different paper finishes. If you are planning to mail your piece, keep in mind postal requirements about sizes and thickness!