232 Thimbirigasyaya Road, Colombo 5

Anim8 is an expensive but fast print shop. It's a really bare bones operation carved out of a residential house on Thimbirigasaya Road (ignore the big Anim8 sign on the opposite side, the working shop is actually on a narrow alley).

They have this giant, intimidating Terminator printer - an HP Indigo Press 5000 - which does everything from business cards to A3 prints to who knows what. They do almost everything it seems, from X-Stands to big plastic prints. We went to just get a business plan printed, something which can baffle ordinary print-shops, and they handled it fine.

What set Anim8 apart was that they had a Help Desk which actually knew something, they directed us to a graphic designer within a minute, they had graphic designers, and we were able to get our job printed. This sounds basic, but many print shops - we're looking at you Softwave Gallery - can't master the basic art of printing something in less than an hour.

That said, our bill was Rs. 120 per double-sided A4. For the whole business plan the total was Rs. 1680, which is quite high. But such is the price of print these days. Anim8 may take your money, but at least they don't waste your time.



Their website is actually quite helpful and you can upload the files you want printed before you head over there.


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  • Ruvi

    I have got a research poster and a 'bride to be' sash printed from Anim8. Their quality of service is just great. We can simply send them file we want to get printed and go collect it once it's printed. And we are also free to go sit next to one of the graphic designers and get the printing job done in the way we want. Everyone is quite helpful there.

    12 June 2013 04:42 AM Reply
  • Theena

    I've used their service for around 4 years now. No complaints. Their manager/owner, Chaminda Madarasinghe, is a very decent and sincere man. He resolves issues instantly. You are left with an impression that he cares about the quality of the work his organization puts out. Rare in this country sometimes.

    I've noticed service has slowed down a tad, but I am not complaining. The staff is very helpful too. I wish more print shops were as well organized as these guys are.

    13 June 2013 03:50 AM Reply
  • Angel

    I have been going there for more than 5 years and they have been excellent. Yes, service has slowed a little bit recently (? new staff) but they are efficient, quick and high quality. Win!

    25 October 2013 03:30 AM Reply
  • Az

    I'll say, Anim8's service might be fast. But their finishing department is so sloppy and have no craftmanship whatsoever. And the environment itself is so stressful with everyone running around like their pants are on fire.
    Also, they seem to have hired some newbie graphic designers who don't know what they're doing. Very dissapointed with that.
    And their prices are so high its very unfavourable for students. Anim8 makes a huge gaping hole in your pocket guys! especially if you're a design student and have to print everything all the time.
    Maybe a student discount?
    I agree with softwave being slow, but at least their prints and finishing isnt sloppy AND they give a student discount! double win.

    09 May 2015 10:33 AM Reply
  • roy_mustang

    Printed my wedding cards at Anim8 and their printing and customer service was great!. And they had them ready in less than 2 days. However when it comes to cutting and pasting things - their work is not that neat.

    06 November 2015 04:52 PM Reply