We have prepared the following guide to assist you with your electronic file preparation and submission. If you have a specific problem that is not covered in this guide, or have other questions, please feel free to contact us. Improperly prepared files can cause delays in manufacturing.

 

Quick Checklist

 

 

 

All fonts are outlined.

►Type is legible and crisp.

►Page layout is correct.

►Margins are set.

►Artwork matches the specified dimensions.

►All files are flattened

►Colors in CMYK mode.

 


Bleeds

 

 


A 1/8" border must be added to pictures and designs bleeding to the edge, so that there is no white space or border showing around the artwork. It is also important to keep text at least a 1/8" away from the paper edge or the trim line to prevent accidental cropping.
 
 

Color Specifications

 

 


Print previews are not a safe and sure measuring tool for color accuracy. Colors on the file might be affected by monitor calibration, screen resolution and lighting, just to name a few. Many Pantone colors show a marked color shift when converted to four color process.
 
For one, two or three color jobs printed in Pantone spot color, make sure your colors are specified as spot color and they separate correctly. You can test this by printing separations on your laser printer.
 
To achieve the desired color on press, digital files must reflect accurate color models and percentage. Please make sure all colors are in CMYK mode for color accuracy and a better quality output.
 
 

Image Resolutions


 

►All images and pictures should be 300 dpi.

►Rasterized text or logos should be 1200 dpi.

►Screen values should be between 133 lpi and 150 lpi.

 

Guidelines by Application


 

The following outlines the specific file requirements by application. If you have any questions, please contact our graphics department.
 
 
 

Adobe Photoshop

 

►Files should be 300 dpi at 100% of actual size for quality offset reproduction.
►Files saved in PDF format must embed all fonts and set the screen value to 133 lpi. Saved as a Photoshop format (tiff, jpeg, psd, etc.) must be 300 dpi.
►Files must be flattened, with no layers other than a Background Layer.
►Files must have 1/8" bleed where applicable and 1/8" minimum margin.
 
 

Adobe Illustrator

 

►Color Mode must be set to CMYK.
►All fonts must be outlined.
►All layers must be flattened.
►All images must be embedded and at least 300dpi at size used.
►Document Raster Effects Settings should be set at "High (300ppi)".
►Files must have 1/8" bleed where applicable and 1/8" minimum margin.
►Files saved in PDF format must be saved at the Press Quality preset, embed all fonts, include bleeds, and must not downsample images.

 


Digital Proofs

 


We provide PDF files as electronic soft proofs. These digital proofs intend to show you the layout and design elements of your job, but cannot be a guarantee of color accuracy. If color accuracy is of extreme importance to you, please ask for a hard copy proof.