What file format should I save and send my file?
Recommended: Save as a .PDF
We prefer that you send .PDF and/or .AI files with outlined fonts. These files are easier to handle and will likely speed up your turn-around.
Other Acceptable Formats: jpg, jpeg, psd, tif, tiff, eps, ai, and png
Before saving your print-ready version you must:
Outline all live text
Embed all Linked Files
Turn off or delete Template layers and layers that are not part of your design
How to export your print-ready file:
Name your file, Select PDF & click Save.
On the PDF Options Box:
What resolution should my artwork be in?
We only formally accept and print artwork that is at least 300 DPI. However, it is possible that a lower resolution file may be printed as is or will be placed on hold until we receive new files, slowing your turn-around.
Remember: images for the web or taken from the web are usually in 72 DPI resolution and will not print well. You must make sure that you are using a 'high resolution' image of at least 300 DPI.
What is a "BLEED" and how do I set it up?
We require 'Bleed' for most products that we print. Bleed is the term for printing that goes right to the edge of the paper, with no 'white' around the edges.
To make sure your image 'bleeds' all the way to the edge of the paper, you MUST design your job slightly LARGER than the final cut size. This will ensure that when we cut it, all color extends to the edges.
To create a bleed, create your document .125" larger on all four sides. That means that all images, boxes, and color will extend past the edge of your final printed document.
For example, artwork for a 4" x 6" postcard should be submitted as 4.25" x 6.25" - which is .125" (1/8") larger on each side (i.e. "BLEED"). If you do not want any white on your edges, all color should extend to the bleed line.
Color and Coating Details:
What color mode should my artwork be in?
Save and send your files as CMYK. You should always start and finish your print designs in CMYK color mode.
RGB formats are best for web, not print. If you send us an RGB file, it is likely that a color shift will occur and you may not be satisfied with your job.
Printing BLACK - Special Considerations:
Black type should have the following values: C0, M0, Y0, K100.
Select High Quality Print
Uncheck "Preserve Editing Capabilities"