General Guidelines :
Please follow these important guidelines when creating your digital files for submission to print. Electronic files that are improperly configured will not process correctly and could affect your deadline.
Build your file to the correct scale. If building on a small scale, specifically for posters, be sure to clearly indicate the percentage the document should enlarge to and make sure your file is set up proportionally.
Since files are exchanged between computer platforms, it is important to have consistent file naming guidelines. Always include file extensions. For example, all EPS files should end with the proper extension, such as "Myfile.eps". Because InDesign (.indd) are cross platform, please append the proper extension.
Do not submit a document in "reader spreads" or "printer spreads". Keep the document as single sequential pages.
All fonts must be supplied with your file, we do not have every font available. To ensure that your copy places properly, please adhere to the following guidelines:
Always include copies of your screen and printer fonts with your files. If your document is a Word, Publisher or Excel file, it is generally preferred that you convert your file to high quality PDF format for submission. This should eliminate many font differences between computers and computer platforms. Always check your PDF file to make sure the fonts converted correctly.
Mac OSX users should not use dfonts*. Use only Type 1 fonts or TrueType fonts from a reputable distributor.
Always supply a composite hard copy laser proof or equivalent when submitting your file. Windows fonts are not cross platform and might be replaced with an equivalent font. When we replace a Windows font or vice versa, the document text may reflow. Hence, it is important to carefully review your printers proof.
Use actual font weights instead of InDesign faux styles. If you have applied a faux style, such as bold or italic, to a font and there is not an actual bold or italic printer font, the type may look bold or italic on your screen but is likely not to print that way.
*dfonts are fonts used by Mac OSX Operating Systems and are located with the System Folder.
Digital Images :
When creating your document, do not copy a file from one application and
All TIFF and EPS files must be placed into a page layout program, such as InDesign. Illustrator, Photoshop and other vector art programs are not page layout programs. If supplied, it will be necessary to place them into a page layout program and will incur additional charges for production art time.
Save all files as TIFF or EPS formats with no alpha channels. TIFFs should not have LZW compression and EPSs should not have JPEG encoding. Please do not compress any graphic or digital links. Please flatten all images.
All Photoshop files must be saved as CMYK, gray scale, monotone or duotone. Do not save files as RGB, Index or LAB.
Image resolution should be no lower than 300 dpi and not scaled more than 175% when placed in your document.
File Tips :
Below are some helpful tips for you to consider when planning, designing or submitting a job to Print.
Colors vary from PC to Mac to the print output device. What you see on your computer screen is not what will print, as most computer monitors are not color calibrated. The same Pantone color will look differently printed on coated paper versus uncoated paper. Always carefully review your proof before the final printing stage of your job.
To achieve the best black, always build it with 100% black only.
Keep in mind that an 8.5x11 inch page does not proportionately enlarge to an 11x17 page. An 8.5x11 page will proportionately enlarge to 11x14.25,12x15.5, 14x18 and larger sizes if needed.
An image, color block or background that runs off the trimmed edge of a page is a bleed. All bleeds should generally be set to .125 inches (3mm) and be included in your file. When creating PDF files, be sure they include bleeds and crop marks.
To make a booklet, your document must be in multiple pages of 4. For example, a 6-page document will either have to be shortened to 4 pages or expanded to 8 pages in order to make a booklet.
A JPEG file downloaded from the web is usually not a print quality file. Normally JPEG files uploaded to the Internet are only 72 dpi to allow for quicker viewing. A high quality JPEG file for print should be at least 300 dpi. For best image print quality, it is always best to have a professional scan from an original image whenever possible or, when taking digital photos, make sure you select the highest resolution your camera will allow.
When designing a tri-fold brochure, the inner margins must be double that of the outer margins so that when the brochure is folded, all panels have the same right and left margin. For example, if you have an 8.5x11 page document and you wish the outer margins to inches, then your inner margins will need to be 1 inch so that when the brochure is folded, each panel has a right and left margin of .5 inch.
If your document is perfect bound, spiral bound or 3-hole punched, you must leave ample room on the inside margin, i.e. the left side of a right-handed page or the right side of a left-handed page.
Always bring a hard copy print of your file it is a helpful tool for our prepress staff to assure your file outputs properly.
InDesign Users: Under the "File" menu, select "Package". This feature will check your publication for font/image/color problems and display them in the "Summary" window. If your program indicated a problem, do not ignore it. Go back and correct the problem prior to packaging your document.
Once everything checks out, "Package" the file for output.