We have prepared the following guide to assist you with your electronic file preparation and submission. If you have a specific problem that is not covered in this guide, or have other questions, please feel free to contact us. Improperly prepared files can cause delays in manufacturing.

 

Quick Checklist

 

  • All fonts are outlined and included in the packaged file
  • Type is legible at 100% and crisp
  • Page layout and direction are correct
  • Margins, bleed and type safety are set
  • Artwork matches the specified dimensions
  • All linked files, images and fonts are placed in separate folders
  • Colours are in CMYK mode

 

Bleeds

 

A 1/8" or .125" border must be added on top of the final printed size and designs must bleed to the edge. No white space or border should be shown between the artwork and the bleed line. Make sure text is 1/4" or .25" away from the artwork edge or the trim line to prevent accidental cropping.

 

Color Specifications

 

Print previews are not a safe and sure measuring tool for colour accuracy. Colours on the file may be affected by monitor calibration, screen resolution and lighting. Many Pantone colours appear different when converted to a four-colour CMYK process.


For one-, two- or three-colour jobs printed in Pantone spot colour, make sure your colours are specified as a spot colour and they separate correctly. You can test this by printing separations on your laser printer.


To achieve the desired colour on press, digital files must reflect accurate colour models and percentage. Please make sure all colours and images are in CMYK mode for colour accuracy and a better quality output.

 

Image Resolutions

 

All images and pictures should be 300dpi. Rasterized text and logos should be 1200dpi. Screen values should be between 133lpi and 150lpi.

 

Final Submitted File

 

The following outlines the specific file requirements needed to print. If you have any questions, please contact our graphics department.

  • High resolution 300dpi PDF, CMYK with 1/8" or .125" bleed and crop marks
  • Trim size should be at 100% final size
  • All fonts outlined, images linked and packaged

 

Digital Proofs

 

We provide PDF files as electronic soft proofs. These digital proofs intend to show you the layout and design elements of your job, but cannot be a guarantee of colour accuracy. If colour accuracy is of extreme importance to you, please ask for a hard copy proof. Scan all transparencies and line art at 100% of the final size unless data size is prohibitive. In this case, you should scan at 1/4 or 1/2 of the final size