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File Guidelines

File Guidelines

Before uploading your files, make sure they meet the requirements:

RESOLUTION: 300 DPI for small prints. 100 DPI for large format prints (banners)
BLEED: 1/8th inch
COLOR MODE: CMYK not RGB. RGB is for web images. CMYK is for print.

Please keep in mind that converting from CMYK is to RGB or from low DPI to 300 DPI will lead to a distortion in resolution and colors. Always start off the design by following the guidelines. Paper will shift when printing and cutting. Please add a bleed of the background to the outside of the printing area, and allow for an equal safe area on the inside of the trim line, so that should the paper shift no text is cut off, and no white lines are visible on the corners. For any design questions, please open a support ticket for an immediate response.

Files Types We Accept Are:

PSD & TIFF: 300 DPI Resolution (100 for banners), 1/8th inch bleed, CMYK color
PDF: 300 DPI Resolution, 1/8th inch bleed, CMYK color. MAKE SURE TO EMBED THE FONT AND SAVE AT 300 DPI RES.
EPS Vector: Everything must be outlined and images embedded (not linked).
You may also upload in JPEG or AI.

 

Files Types We Do Not Accept Are:

POWERPOINT: We can not print from or use any elements used in a PowerPoint file.
EXCEL: Any Excel files must be exported as text (txt) file. This will remove all formatting and will require art charges to re-format the information.
FREEHAND & COREL: We do not support native Freehand or Corel files. Files must be exported as an EPS with all fonts changed to outline, with all clip art/ photos/ logos supplied along with the EPS file. In Corel you may also export your files as TIFF then select 300DPI and CMYK from the next menu of options.
PAGEMAKER: PageMaker files (if usable) will incur art charges to convert to InDesign files. All fonts/ clip art/ photos/ logos must be supplied along with PageMaker file.

*We also can NOT print directly from Microsoft Word files. Word files are used primarily for supplying text that we use in the other two page layout programs. Artwork in Word Documents can sometimes be converted but may incur a graphic design charge.

 

What to do when the artwork is ready?

Click on "upload artwork" in the member panel to upload the front and back side files. For single sided jobs, one art file is sufficient. More info.

 

Additional Information:

VECTOR BASED ARTWORK
Art created in illustration programs such as: Adobe Illustrator, Macromedia Freehand, CorelDraw are vector based. These programs are meant for creating artwork, logo design, drawings,illustrations, etc. Artwork createdin these programs can be scaled to any size without loss in quality. Theseprograms are not meant for page layout. Using these programs for page layout creates extremely large, complexfiles that usually do not print properly, if they print at all. These files can also be saved with fonts used in the file intact,or they can be broken into outlines. Files with fonts intact need to have the fonts used included with the file so that theywill print. It is best, and we prefer that the fonts be broken into outlines. This eliminates font problems. Keep in mind thatonce turned into outlines the text cannot be edited for typographical errors, or changes on our end.
       
RASTER BASED ARTWORK
Created in programs such as: Adobe PhotoShop, Corel Photo Paint, Microsoft Paint, (different names for raster filesare: TIFF EPS, PSD, and JPG) all create raster based file. These file types should never be used for setting type, or as pagelayout as everything in the file will have soft, fuzzy edges. Text cannot be edited, or changed in the file. Scanned art orart created in these programs MUSThave a minimum of 300 pixels per inch resolution at the size it is to be printed at.These files cannot be enlarged from the size that they are scanned (or created) without a loss in quality. TIFF and EPSfiles are the preferred file formats for scanned images. These file types are the highest quality, uncompressed, supportCMYK file separations, and work with all page layout programs.

FILETYPE TIPS
GIF files are not acceptable for printing purposes because they are a compressed file format, they support only 256 colors or less, and they aregenerally low resolution (72 pixels per inch). In addition, GIF files are not supported by page layout programs and cannot be separated into 4-color process forprinting. The web and the printing process are very different technically and what looks good on the web will NOT when reproduced in the printing process.
       
BMP and WMF are not acceptable because they are not supported by page layout programs, and they are compressed files with limited color palettes.

Jpeg files are only acceptable for printing when saved at a high resolution (lowest compression). JPEG is a compressed file format. It's in RGB color, and is generally of a low resolution (72 pixels per inch) which results in a lack of sharpness and detail in the image. RGB color separations do not representthe full color spectrum that is reproducible with 4-color process, so changes in color will occur.