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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.

We have provided steps for the most used programs to achieve the correct output. Artwork created in Word or Publisher and some other non-professional art programs, are generally not acceptable for print production. If you have any questions or are unable to supply artwork in the correct format, please contact us and we will help you.

Located below you will find these sections:

Quick File Setup/Instructions:


  1. Files must be flattened, CMYK and at least 300 dpi resolution.
  2. For rich black please use C:60% / 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. Please download the print template for your job. And follow positioning guides.

Detailed File Setup/Instructions:

Here is a general example of how to layout a print job with the appropriate amount of bleed.

ARTWORK MUST HAVE 0.125 FOR BLEED AND 0.125 FOR SAFETY ON ALL SIDES.
We can not guarantee any print job cuts without the bleed.

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General File Prep Per Graphic Program:

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 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. Save file as Illustrator EPS with placed images included.
  2. Open Illustrator EPS file into Photoshop.
  3. In Photoshop set resolution to 300 dpi and mode to CMYK.
  4. Save files as "JPEG" or "TIFF" with maximum quality.

InDesign

  1. Open the document.
  2. Export your design as a "flattened" 300 dpi CMYK "JPEG" or "TIFF" with maximum quality and correct bleeds. (ie: if the design is 8 x 10 add .125 bleed to all sides of your design and export. Be sure your design is within the .125 safety area)
  3. To Create a PDF, make a new InDesign document 8.125 x 10.125 (this new size includes the .125 bleed you added). Import your bitmap. Export as PDF/X1-a 2001.

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