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Preparing Files

Digital file preparation

For best results please follow our guidelines. If you have questions regarding these guidelines or artwork submittal, please email us at


    We accept the following file formats: .ai, .eps, .indd, .jpg, .pdf, .psd, .qxp, .tif, .zip.


    Current versions of: Quark XPress, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop.


    Document/Layout file(s), Fonts (screen and printer), Graphics (embedded and nested images), .tif photos/scans, .eps files and fonts used in the .eps files. For files created with InDesign use "package" under the "file menu". For Quark use "collect for output" also under the "file menu".

  • Image resolution

    Convert all type in Illustrator to outlines or paths Do not specify a rule weight of hairline. Define as .25 point rule Clipping paths should be created in Photoshop Page/panel sizes should be created in Photoshop Save graphic files in .EPS or .TIF format. Not PICT or GIF Place all scans/photos at 100% or smaller (enlargements compromise quality) Rotate, scal and crop all images before placing on page Include bleed, at least .125” (1/8”) up to .25” (1/4”) Proofread all your files. We are not responsible for errors in submitted files.


    All photo/scans (CMYK/grayscale) must have a minimum of 300 dpi (dot per inch) resolution at 100% size. The images
    designed for the web are done at a low screen resolution of 72 dpi.
    Print images need to be created at 300 dpi at 100% size or there will be a
    substantial drop in the image quality. Use 1200 dpi for bitmap line art.

  • File bleed
  • BLEED:

    What's a bleed? Bleed is the portion of the product that will be trimmed off when it is cut to the final size. Why bleed? The purpose of a bleed is to continue a color, image, or design to the edge of the product. Due to the possibility of shifting in the trimming process, a bleed is required to ensure that a white line does not show on the edges of your product. We automatically trim the bleed off of each side, which will result in the desired trim size. Please build your print-ready digital files by adding the appropriate bleed to your file. Bleed size is at least .125” (1/8”) up to .25” (1/4”).


    In both graphic & page layout programs, all color artwork and/or images must be provided in either “CMYK” (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) color mode or as “SPOT COLOR” and must be specified using the spot PMS color number. All black & white artworks and/or images must be provided in grayscale color mode. Heavy black ink might cause smearing. Make black type 100% black. For vibrant black backgrounds, use “rich” blacks: 60%-C, 40%-M, 40%-Y, 100%-K.


    Please build your press-ready digital files by adding crop marks. Lines indicating where the paper should be cut to produce the correct size.

  • FONTS:

    Fonts must be embedded in PDF files. Fonts must be outlined or converted to paths or curves in EPS files. Some fonts have copyright restrictions and will not embed in PDF Files.


    All critical elements (text, images, logos, etc.) must be kept at least 0.125" inside the edge. Anything left close to edge may be cut off during trimming.

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