FILE PREPARATION 

For best results, send your file as a print-ready pdf (Portable Document File). Adobe PDFs are a universal file format that can be viewed on virtually every computer, regardless of fonts or software that might be installed on the computer. PDF is an ideal format for print documents as they will most accurately reflect the printed outcome. Depending on the software you are using to create your file, you can usually convert your file by looking for something that says, “Save As” or “Export As” and setting the outputted file type to pdf. Some programs have a “Convert to Adobe PDF” button built-in.

If images or colors bleed, be sure to include 1/8″ bleed on all sides. For example, a full bleed business card would be 2.25″ x 3.75″. Your project needs bleed if the print needs to extend to the edge of the project/page (e.g., no white border). Also, be cautious of the “Safe Zone” on any project involving cutting… make sure any text or other item you don’t want to have cut is at least 1/8″ in from the trim line. Learn More.

When possible, send your pdf document with outlined fonts, or flattened. If you are sending a Word Doc, Publisher, Illustrator, Photoshop, or inDesign File, it is important to also send us any font files we might need.

While your computer screen will display low-resolution images well, when printed they will look rough, blurry, and jagged. For best printing results, a resolution of at least 300 dpi is recommended. Files with resolution lower than 300 dpi can be printed, but the results may be unsatisfactory.

Make sure your file is sized correctly for output. If you are printing 8″x10″, you’ll want to make sure your file is sized that way.

Whenever possible, ensure you are using CMYK color space for optimal color output. Our equipment can make this conversion for you in most cases, but to ensure the best output, send your files in CMYK.

Not all files will require crop marks. Crop Marks are typically required if you are sending your file already imposed. If you are sending it this way, crop marks should be offset from the finished image by 1/8″.

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