Resources for Students

We try to regularly curate content to help you in your project’s turn out and make sure you get an efficient turnaround from us.

Free InDesign Business Card Template

For Graphic Design – LightBox Template

Library Services

For further research into book arts, and incredible art archives, VCU Libraries Special Collections and Archives holds unique and rare materials that may be utilized for learning and inspiration. Highlights of the collection located on the fourth floor of James Branch Cabell Library include a nationally-recognized Comic Arts collection and over 4,000 items in the Book Art collection. VCU Special Collections and Archives is open to the public. Visit their website for more information on the collections and how to access them.

Tutorial Videos

Wire-o/Wire Binding
Wire-o binding allows customers to punch holes and add a looped-wire to enclose the pages.

Perfect Binding
Perfect binding allows customers to bind the pages of a book with thermal activated glue.

Vinyl Preparation
In this video, we will cover weeding and taping in two parts by showing you how to weed your vinyl decal and prepare for the manual taping process.

Vinyl Installation: Dry Application Method
In this video, we will cover basic vinyl installation using the dry application method for drywall and other surfaces.

Vinyl Installation: Wet Application Method
In this video, we will cover basic vinyl installation using the wet application method for windows, glass, and various weather conditions.

Risograph Printing
Falling somewhere between photocopying and screen printing, the process of risograph printing (or riso) is a simple and economical way for artists and designers to self-publish.

Off-Campus Resources

Local Printers

Keith Fabry
Located just south of the James, this printer is capable of printing signage and banners on multiple medias and additionally runs large format and small format printing.

Uptown Color
Digital color printer located on Main Street near campus that regularly works with VCU’s students, faculty, and staff to produce quality products.

Wythken Printing
Digital full-service printer located in the Carver neighborhood; regularly works directly with VCU’s students, faculty, and staff.

Worth Higgins
Specializes in offset printing and large volume runs.

Zooom Printing
Local Printing in Richmond Virginia, Zooom Printing specializes in full color digital printing using HP Indigo and offset printing.

Digital and offset printing, signage, mailing, and imaging.

Clown Kisses Press
Local Richmond Risograph print studio, specializing in larger Risograph print runs.

Paper Merchants

French Paper Co.
Small, independent paper mill based in Michigan

Lindenmeyr Munroe
Fine paper merchant and distributor with a location in the near west end of Richmond

Paper Source
A chain store for decorative papers and crafting, they have an easy-to-access location in Carytown

Benj Franklin Printing Co.
A full service printer that works with VCU to provide its students quality papers for screen printing, letterpress, and other printing purposes

Grimco, Inc
A supplier and distributor for ORACAL Vinyl with a location in Ashland, VA

Another supplier and distributor of ORACAL Vinyl

Online Printers

Ideal for self-publishing graphic and photo books.

Ideal for business paraphernalia such as business cards and flyers (can do gold foil on small runs easily!)

Newspaper Club
Ideal for creating and printing your own newspaper.

Photo Merchants and Services

Phototech Labs
Local photographic service provider that has film processing facilities located in downtown Richmond

Richmond Camera
Offers photofinishing and photography retail

Richmond Pro Lab
Offers photographic services and photofinishing