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.


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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




A 1/8" to 1/4" artwork bleed outside of the cut area. The bleed is to ensure there is no white border showing after the cut. Again, No white space or border should be shown between the artwork and the bleed line. Make sure text is 1/4" away from the cut edge to prevent accidental cropping of those text.


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.

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 at least 200dpi to 300dpi. 
In rare cases the image can be accepted as 150dpi on large banners.


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, in CMYK with 1/8" to 1/4" 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