Magazine Printing: The Basics

Magazine Printing

Magazine Printing starting in 1704 and has grown into a booming industry.

The first magazine, Review, was published in 1704 in England. Now there are over 200 different national magazines, that collectively gross about $749,525,828 a year. ( 82% of the U.S. population reads one or more magazines a month and the magazine industry is continually growing to meet the niche demand. Local magazines are becoming more popular lately to cater to the niche demand. The magazine reader, no longer wants to know about pop or hip hop music, but the specific genre of music coming out of or to their city. Local magazines also can cater to their readers more personally, because the ads can be regional and local instead of national. Providing local ads also aids in building a strong local economy by promoting businesses. From the increase in business, businesses will need to meet the demand by hiring more employees, by hiring more employees, more people are making money to spend on local magazines and local businesses. Whether it’s a local magazine or national magazine, the amount of magazines that are in circulation is ever increasing. With so many magazines it’s interesting to know how they are printed!




Magazine Printing: The Basics

  • An aluminum plate is created before a magazine is printed.
  • A plate puts the ink onto the paper.
  • The plates go onto a 200 foot long press machine, where one end takes huge rolls of paper in and feeds them through the four presses.
  • There is one press for each of the four colors.
  • The pages are then cut, stapled, and trimmed.
  • The magazine is now bound and ready for distribution!

To watch the magazine printing machines in action check out YouTube’s How Stuff Works.