Print Specifications

Please submit files in industry standard formats, that are not dependent on the application, fonts or other separate design elements used in creation. We accept the following file formats: .TIF, .JPG and .PDF. All file formats must be flattened, have a resolution of 300dpi and embedded or outlined fonts.

We have provided steps for many different programs to achieve this format. If you have any questions or are unable to supply in this format, please contact us and we will help you.

Located below you will find these sections:

Quick File Setup/Instructions:


  1. Files must be at least 300 dpi resolution
  2. For rich black please use C:50% / M:40% / Y:40% / K:100%
  3. CMYK Color Mode : If you do not send us CMYK artwork we will convert your files to CMYK and "color shifting" may occur!
  4. Artwork should not contain any crop marks!
  5. Keep anything you do not want cutoff at least 0.125" away from all edges

Detailed File Setup/Instructions:

Here is a general example of how to layout a flyer with the appropriate amount of bleed. Please follow these instructions for any size flyer.


ARTWORK MUST HAVE 0.0625" FOR BLEED AND 0.0625" FOR SAFETY ON ALL SIDES.
We can not guarantee any print job cuts without the bleed


Postcard Template Example
Good Card Bleed setup

Bad Card Bleed setup


General File Prep. per Graphic Program:

PLEASE NOTE - Free vector / image editing software such as Inkscape and Gimp DO NOT allow you to save in CMYK and are NOT recommended at this time to create any artwork to be used for printed materials. Certain exceptions apply for a small amount of our sign / large format printing products which use Raster Image Processor (RIP) software to generate the color profiles. Most products printed on a paper base will need to have the files created in CMYK. If you need help or are uncertain, please feel free to contact us for help.

Photoshop

  1. Resolution should be set for 300 dpi and mode to CMYK.
  2. Save files as "JPEG" or "TIFF" with Maximum quality.

Quark Xpress

  1. From the file menu in Quark select: "Save page as EPS..."
  2. Name the file and press "Save".
  3. Open the Quark EPS file into Adobe Illustrator, "Select All" and go to the "Type" menu selection and "Create Outlines". All text on files must be converted to outlines with the outline set to zero to eliminate the need for fonts.
  4. Save file as Illustrator EPS with placed images included.
  5. Open Illustrator EPS file into Photoshop.
  6. In Photoshop set resolution to 300 dpi and mode to CMYK.
  7. Save files as "JPEG" or "TIFF" with Maximum quality.

Freehand

  1. Go to "Edit"; "Select"; "All" and then go to the menu selection "Text" then "Convert to Paths". All text within files must be converted to paths with the stroke set to zero to eliminate the need for fonts to be sent to us.
  2. Export file as EPS with placed images included.
  3. Open EPS file into Photoshop.
  4. In Photoshop set resolution to 300 dpi and mode to CMYK.
  5. Save files as "JPEG" or "TIFF" with Maximum quality.

Adobe Illustrator

  1. In Illustrator "Select All" and go to the "Type" menu selection and "Create Outlines". All text within files must be converted to outlines with the outline set to zero to eliminate the need for fonts.
  2. Save file as Illustrator EPS with placed images included.
  3. Open Illustrator EPS file into Photoshop.
  4. In Photoshop set resolution to 300 dpi and mode to CMYK.
  5. Save files as "JPEG" or "TIFF" with Maximum quality.

Corel Draw

  1. Click Layout > Page Setup. In the Rendering Resolution box, choose 300 dpi
  2. Go to tools > Color Management > Document settings and choose CMYK
  3. Convert Text to outlines by selecting Arrange > Convert to Curves and Create Outlines. All text within files must be converted to curves with the outline set to zero to eliminate the need for fonts.
  4. Save file as PDF/X-1a with images embedded.

PageMaker

  1. From the menu select: "file"; "print"
  2. Select the page to convert.
  3. Select the "option" button.
  4. Select the "Write Postscript to file" box.
  5. Select the "EPS" button
  6. Set the "Download Font:" to "PostScript and TrueType"
  7. Press "Save as" button, then name file and set destination by pressing the "OK" button.
  8. Press the "Save" button
  9. Open the PageMaker generated EPS file into Illustrator.
  10. In Illustrator "Select All" and go to the "Type" menu selection and "Create Outlines". All text on files must be converted to outlines with the outline set to zero to eliminate the need for fonts.
  11. Save file as Illustrator EPS with placed images included.
  12. Open Illustrator EPS file into Photoshop.
  13. In Photoshop set resolution to 300 dpi and mode to CMYK.
  14. Save files as "JPEG" or "TIFF" with Maximum quality.

Publisher

  1. Open the document
  2. Go to the tools menu and look for the Commercial Printing Tool sub-menu.
  3. In the Commercial Printing Tools sub-menu, select the fonts sub-menu.
  4. In the window that will open you want to check "Embed True Type fonts when saving publication" and UN-Check "Do not embed common system fonts."

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