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File Specifications

  • Offset Printing
  • Digital Printing
  • Screen Printing

acceptable file types:

  • Adobe files: InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop
  • Quark files: any version
  • any other file formats must be communicated to confirm compatibility

CorelDraw and PageMaker files are strongly discouraged due to compatibility issues with current printing technology.

When sending packaged PDFs, please also send the native files; if there any errors or issues with the PDF files, the native files stand in as a resource to resolve problems encountered.

With certain print projects, a sample or laser dummy is encouraged to help plan the layout.

Common problems to consider and avoid:

  • no bleed on artwork (the most common issue); can present a major setback to your print project. Bleeds in artwork are critical to quality print projects. A minimum bleed of 0.125" is recommended; 0.25" preferred
  • mispackaged PDFs
  • lo-res packaged PDFs
  • printer-view PDF files
  • missing font files
  • missing image links
  • lo-res images
  • size of artwork (trim/bleed sizes)
  • pages laid out as "reader spreads"

To avoid inucrring additional charges and/or delays due to file manipulation, provided files must be print-ready, high-resolution PDF files (fonts, images, etc included and linked properly), along with lasers.

acceptable file types:

  • Adobe Illustrator (.ai)
  • Adobe InDesign (.indd, .inx)
  • Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)
  • Quark Xpress (.qxd)
  • Adobe Photoshop (.psd)
  • Encapsulated PostScript (.eps)
  • zipped files of above file types (.zip)

file guidelines:

Convert text to paths, curves or outlines (vector art - text that becomes an object that can no longer be edited as text.) Include the fonts you used to build your file in your upload file.

All files must include support files (ie: photos, fonts, images, etc) of anything embedded within the file. A copy of every file used in creating the document is mandatory in order to separate and trap all art on the final piece, including Photoshop layered files. Failure to provide supporting files may result in quality control outputs of the final printed piece.

When assigning a color to art or text, please use a Pantone color. This will work for process or spot colors.

When submitting non-vector (rasterized) artwork, 300-600dpi at full size of final output is preferred. Products to be viewed from a distance can generally tolerate lower dpi.

acceptable file types:

  • Adobe Illustrator (.ai)
  • Adobe InDesign (.indd, .inx)
  • Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)
  • Quark Xpress (.qxd)
  • Adobe Photoshop (.psd)
  • Encapsulated PostScript (.eps)
  • zipped files of above file types (.zip)

file guidelines:

Convert text to paths, curves or outlines (vector art - text that becomes an object that can no longer be edited as text.) Include the fonts you used to build your file in your upload file.

All files must include support files (ie: photos, fonts, images, etc) of anything embedded within the file. A copy of every file used in creating the document is mandatory in order to separate and trap all art on the final piece, including Photoshop layered files. Failure to provide supporting files may result in quality control outputs of the final printed piece.

When assigning a color to art or text, please use a Pantone color. This will work for process or spot colors.

When submitting non-vector (rasterized) artwork, 300-600dpi at full size of final output is preferred. Products to be viewed from a distance can generally tolerate lower dpi.