Files must be in a “single ﬁle” format that we can simply download to the press,
not native ﬁles with linked images and fonts. The idea is to avoid ﬁle preparation charges.
File formats accepted are: PDF, EPS, TIFF, and JPEG. PDF ﬁles can be multiple pages.
The ﬁle should be the exact size that the ﬁnished piece will be after it is cut down. Example: A business card ﬁle would measure 3.5” x 2”.
Do not create a 3.5” x 2” business card on an 8.5” x 11” page.
Bleed: If any elements print right to the edge of the ﬁnished piece, add 0.0625” to the document size all around. The elements that print to the edge should extend this extra 0.0625” past the ﬁnal trim boundary. This is called “bleed”.
Example: A business card ﬁle with bleed would measure 3.625” x 2.125”. The excess image is trimmed off, leaving a 3.5” x 2” card.
This prevents a hairline white space from appearing along the printed area of the edge of the ﬁnished piece.
No crop marks or registration marks should appear.
Imposition is done at the press. There is no need to provide a ﬁle containing multiples of the same page image to take advantage of paper sheet size.
While the Digital Printer does an adequate job of converting RGB colors to CMYK, for more predictable results we recommend creating the ﬁle in CMYK or converting it to CMYK before submitting it.
Supply us with a hard copy print-out of your ﬁle. Not only will this show us what the ﬁle is supposed to look like, it may also alert you to any problems that may occur while trying to print your job (will it print?).
Indicate the exact name of the ﬁle(s) to be printed.
In general, here is how a PDF ﬁle should be constructed: Images should be high resolution (not downsampled). Fonts should be embedded. (Some font manufacturers do not allow their fonts to be embedded because of licensing restrictions. These fonts will not work.) Resolution is set to 600 dpi.
You will achieve more predictable results if the PDF is created using Distiller than within a native program.
PDF ﬁles created from Quark XPress using Quark’s Export as PDF feature require that all images placed in the document be CMYK, not RGB. Also, in the “Output” tab of the ﬁle’s “Print” window, the “Print Colors” setting should be “Composite CMYK”. Quark uses Acrobat Distiller to generate its PDFs, so you need to make sure that the current Job Options setting in Distiller is correct.
After you have created your PDF, open it and check to see that it looks correct.
The image area of EPS ﬁles created in Adobe Illustrator is determined by the bounding box of the illustration itself, not the page size it was created on. The image area of text on an 8.5” x 11” page is the area the text covers, not 8.5” x 11”, unless an empty 8.5” x 11” box is drawn to the page boundary.
Fonts should be converted to “curves” or “paths” and colors should be CMYK.
TIFF or JPEG Info:
Although any resolution will actually print (with varying degrees of quality), the recommended resolution of TIFF and JPEG ﬁles is 300 dpi, especially if there is text in the image.
Color mode should be CMYK. Try to avoid setting type in Photoshop. Type will be sharper if you don’t.
Die Cuts on Roles: Label maximum Width up to 8.25” and up to any length.