File Prep

File Preparation is one of the most important aspects of having a piece produced well and in a timely manner. By following some simple guidelines, you can assure your job will print as it should.

Full Color Process

  • All images must be at least 300 dpi at 100% of actual size 72 dpi images are not acceptabe for print.
  • All color images must be in the CMYK color mode. RGB, LAB, etc. are not accepted.
  • Grayscale images should be in grayscale mode.
  • Images that need to print black should be a Grayscale or a bitmap and must be 100% black and not a mix of CMYK.
  • Set large blocks of small black type to 100% black and to overprint in vector-based programs.

Spot Color

  • Your job must be set up with any spot colors specified for each element. CMYK or RGB is not accepted.

Packaging Files

  • All fonts, images, and layout files must be included when sending master files for print (both InDesign and Quark have a collect for output option. InDesign refers to it as “package” and Quark refers to it as “collect for output.” These scripts will collect the images and fonts necessary for your document to print correctly.)
  • Convert all text to outlines when possible.
  • PDF files are accepted, but they must be setup correctly for either spot or four-color process printing. They also must be written as a Press Quality PDF.

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