Instant Quote Calculator
Start your order journey by getting a free quote from our Instant Quote Calculator on our Home page or every product page.
If you change your print specifications, our Instant Quote Calculator updates your quote automatically. You can choose Paper Weights, Binding options, and Finishes. You can also see available production options and estimated shipping dates. When satisfied with your quote and estimated shipping date, click the ‘Add to Cart’ button. An order summary will then appear so you can review the details.
You can add more items to your Cart by selecting an item from the Products tab at the top of the website and entering your specifications into our Instant Quote Calculator. You can learn more about how to add multiple items to order via our Multiple Artworks Support Page.
Proceed and Upload Files
When you’ve added all items to your Cart, click the Continue button to launch a pending order. Every order has a unique number; you can reference this when talking to our print experts, and it will help you keep track of your order. You can also review proofs and confirm your order for production.
We recommend opening a free Mixam account so you can access your orders and details securely and save progress on pending orders. It takes less than a minute, and when you log in, you can review open quotes, paid orders and artwork.
The Artwork Tab is the place to upload your design files, check proofs and make changes to your print specifications if necessary.
There are several ways you can upload your print files. You can:
- Drag your files into the Artwork area
- Click the ‘Upload files’ button
- Upload your files from a Dropbox account
- Paste a file link
You can upload a variety of file types, but we recommend PDFs. If your item has a spine, upload your spine artwork as a PDF file or as part of your cover spread. Visit our File Formats Support Page to learn more about the file types you can upload for print.
Extra Tips: Uploading Artwork
- We recommend uploading a flattened version of your files to ensure easy uploading.
- Avoid uploading large files, as they can be problematic and cause issues when generating a proof.
How To Change Print Specifications
- Click the ‘Wrench' icon in your specifications box.
- Click ‘Change item’.
- Click the ‘Change item’ button again, and it will open the Instant Quote Calculator within your order to enable changes. Your quote will change automatically on the right-hand side of your screen.
- Click the ‘Update Order’ button to save your changes.
We’ll save your changes and redirect you to your order’s Artwork tab. If you've manually moved pages via the thumbnails, your artwork may revert to the original order, so please review your design files and page order when you change specifications.
Once you've uploaded your artwork, we recommend viewing the ‘Preview’ and ‘PDF Proof’. The ‘Preview’ is a virtual flipbook or 3D representation of how your final prints could appear.
For Bound items like Booklets or Magazines, you can flip through the pages to ensure all your pages are placed correctly in the correct order. For flat items like Postcards, the preview lets you view both sides to ensure your design has the correct orientation. Our printers will use the PDF proof to print your project, so please fill all gray boxes with artwork or blank pages for the ‘Proof’ button to appear.
To ensure your artwork appears correctly in print, we recommend downloading the PDF Proof to your desktop and viewing files in Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Acrobat Reader. You should also set the Overprint Preview to ‘Always’ and note that viewing your artwork in an internet browser may affect artwork quality and color.
Our intelligent software will notify you of potential print issues, such as resolution, incorrect page sizes, etc. It will also recommend solutions to resolve the issues before your project goes into production.
All artwork should include the required bleed and additional recommended file setup specifications. You can also reference our CMYK vs RGB Support Page to ensure your printed colors are as accurate as possible.
The Details tab contains the following information: your Billing address(es), preferred Shipping method, Cost Summary and taxes on applicable print items or delivery address(es).
Split shipping lets you send prints to multiple addresses. You can add more delivery addresses by clicking the ‘Add another delivery address’ button and choosing how many prints you want to send to each address. Quantities for your original address will adjust automatically. If you have issues, please review the auto-filled information carefully and manually input it.
The Payment tab will become accessible when you have filled in the Details tab. Check out our Payment Support Page to view the full range of options.
After filling in your Artwork, Details, and Payment tabs, the last step is to confirm your order at the top of the page. A print expert will check your confirmed order before sending it to production. We can only print your order once you confirm it, so please review your PDF Proof thoroughly before confirming.
For queries regarding shipping or production timeline, please contact us.
We are happy to answer any questions you have about your order in the Messages tab. If we need to contact you regarding artwork, production updates or inquiries, we’ll also contact you in the Messages tab. Every time we contact you, you’ll get an email, so please check your Spam/Junk folders for emails from us, as they can sometimes land there.
Please note that the Messages Tab is not a chat feature. We reply chronologically to customer messages and emails and will respond as soon as possible. However, we recommend using the Chat feature on our website or calling us for immediate assistance.
Production and Shipping
At Mixam, we don’t solely rely on our system to check your artwork files for you. Our print experts will also review your files and tailor their artwork checks. If you are placing a proof order before a large offset print run, let us know in advance, and a print expert will review your files accordingly.
- Paused Orders
If we find issues that we believe could impact your final prints, we will change the status of your order to ‘Paused’ so you can make corrections.
We do not send paused orders to production. But we’ll send you a message recommending changes you can make to ensure optimum print results. You can reconfirm your order without making the suggested changes, and please send our team a message to let us know you are happy to proceed.
- Print Production
Confirmed Orders will enter production provided no further changes are needed. From prepress checks, to printing, binding, and packing, they all have an essential part in the production timeline. We will notify you if there are any changes to your estimated production timeline. If your order contains an odd number of copies or needs more to meet your shrink-wrapping/bundling request, we will bundle the remaining copies together at the discretion of our production facility.
- Tracking Information
We will send you tracking information via email so you can keep updated on delivery and timings via the shipper’s website.