Variable data printing makes your life easier

What is variable data printing?

You may have heard the term get tossed around pretty often, but found it a little complicated to comprehend. Variable data printing is when you have the same design for multiple prints but wish to have an element within the design that is different. A great example of this is business cards and printed envelopes!

For example, if you want to print envelopes to send out your wedding invitations and you want everything the same except for the recipient information, then variable data printing on printed envelopes may be right for you! Learn more about envelope printing and the cost of printed envelopes!

Another use that is especially useful with variable data printing are business cards! If you have the same design for the business cards but the information for each of your employees is different, then you may be interested in variable data printing for employee’s business cards.

How can variable data printing help me?

Variable data printing will save you time! 

In the case of variable data printing envelopes, it will take away all of the pains involved in repetitive handwriting of addresses.

Can CatPrint setup my variable data job for me?

Yes! CatPrint can set up your variable data job for a $25 fee.

What does CatPrint need from me to help me setup my variable data files?

CatPrint needs a properly setup spreadsheet, which you can see below, and the font’s name, color, and size that you wish to use for the design. Email all of this in to

Variable Data Setup

Variable Data Setup Example

As always, if you have any questions, you can contact Customer Service at 877-228-7768 or and we will be happy to help you!


CatPrint Walkthrough: Part Five – Envelopes

If you haven’t been following the CatPrint Walkthrough series, now is your chance to learn about the CatPrint Walkthrough Process!

In the first part, we talked about how Customer Service does the first step in the quality check on your files!

In the second part of the series, we talked about how a Production Specialist will make a second quality check and work with Customer Service to make sure any comments are noted.

In the third part, we talked about how we make daily Printing and Color Maintenance and the importance of doing that twice a day!

In our fourth part of the series, we talked about what finishing is and how finishing is done.

Now we can move on to the next part of the series where we will talk about how the ordering and printing process changes when you request for envelopes with your order!

If you placed an order with envelopes, the last step before packaging and shipping out your printing order is counting your envelopes and including them with your prints. If you are simply ordering blank envelopes to match with your prints, the process is simple: we just count your envelopes, shrink-wrap and label them with your order number, and then send them to packaging and shipping area.

If you had elected for printed envelopes, we process the order much like we do for your prints, but we use a specific envelope printer to print onto your envelopes. We prepress your file, send the file to the printer, count out the envelopes, and then print the file right onto the envelope. The process takes a little extra diligence and monitoring to make sure that the image file is properly aligned and centered onto the envelope the way that you would want them to be. After the printing is complete, the envelopes are counted again to make sure that the correct number of envelopes will be shipped out to you.