Files sent in for digital printing, offset printing or oversize printing should adhere to these guidelines as closely as possible. These requirements are simple and if taken into consideration prior to starting a job, there is a greater opportunity to reduce the overall cost and errors of your job through reducing the amount of time that we spend altering, correcting or preparing your file.
When submitting files to print, our preferred format is PDF.
Make sure the PDF is high resolution, at least 300 dpi.
Make sure all documents, if required, have a minimum of 1/8” (0.125) bleed on all sides.**
Submit full color files as CMYK. Files created as RGB will be converted to CMYK before printing. Always remember that the image as it appears on your screen and in your printout may vary from the actual printed product.
Print a copy of your PDF on your desktop printer to double check accuracy.
What is a PDF?
The Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) has revolutionized the printing industry and has become the universal file format for preserving source document fonts, images, graphics and layout, regardless what application or operating system was used to create the file. PDFs are widely available, compatible, and easy to distribute. PDFs are intended to make sure that your job looks and prints the same no matter who opens the file.
If you supply us with a low resolution PDF, the output results may not be what you desire. Make sure it is at least 300dpi.
Also, check the Document Properties in Acrobat (under the File menu) to confirm that fonts are embedded and subset.
Common Ways to Generate PDFs:
This approach offers the least amount of user customization. Office applications, and low-end graphics software will give you little to no control over several crucial settings and will not generate the best PDF’s. High-end graphics applications, such as Photoshop and Illustrator, can correctly create PDFs using this method.
Some current design applications have an export feature built right into them. QuarkXPress and InDesign offer this capability. Certain applications will allow you to convert fonts to outlines. This will provide better accuracy when creating pdfs.
What is Bleed?
Bleed is a printing term that refers to printing that goes beyond the edge of the sheet after trimming. In other words, the bleed is the area to be trimmed off. If the design calls for images or color bleeds, there should be a minimum of one-eighth of an inch (0.125) on all sides that trim. This prevents white lines from showing when sheet is trimmed.