Artwork Requirements to be Print Ready
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 production.
►Ink bleeds over the trim line.
► Safety margins are set.
►Art is in CMYK mode.
►300dpi is the minimum resolution
►Vector files (pdf,ai,eps) vs. Raster files (jpeg,png,tif) are preferred (see image below)
►Artwork matches the specified dimensions.
►All images are linked, fonts are outlined, embedded or included with submission.
►Transparencies are flattened
►Borders are recommended to be .25" minimum
- Multi-page PDF file (not printer spreads)
- In sequential page order from the reader's view
- NO Bleeds allowed - Artwork must be .25" (envelopes) -.50"(NCR) from edges due to machine printing requirements. If bleed is required please request a quote
- Printing entire envelope or NCR in full coverage color is not possible
Add .125" or 1/8th inch Bleed on all sides when ink is going to the edge of the trim line - bleed is printing that goes beyond the edge of where the sheet will be trimmed. In other words, the bleed is the area to be trimmed off. The bleed is the part on the side of a document that gives the printer a small amount of space to account for movement of the paper, and design inconsistencies.
Safety Margin for Text/Graphics
Keep text and important graphics at lease .125" inside the trim box. Paper may shift slightly upon cutting and this distance ensures important items are kept from getting trimmed during the production process.
Print previews are not a safe and sure measuring tool for color accuracy. Colors on the file might be effected by monitor calibration, screen resolution and lighting, just to name a few. Many Pantone colors show a marked color shift when converted to four color process.
HARD COLOR PROOFS ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST IF COLOR IS HIGHLY CRITICAL
Resolution - Minimum of a 300dpi. Resolution, also known as DPI (Dots Per Inch) or PPI (Pixels Per Inch), can be described as the number of dots that fit horizontally and vertically into a one-inch space. Generally, the more dots per inch, the more detail captured and the sharper the resulting image.
DO NOT ENLARGE a 72 dpi file to a 300 dpi document.
Raster Vs. Vector
Artwork is to Size
Submit artwork at the size it is ordered. When we do any edit or correction to scale changes may occur. IF this is still a correction you would like please use the hire a designer feature.
Fonts, Links, and Transparencies and other effects used in vector format softwares (Illustrator and InDesign) must be flattened or linked and the fonts outlined. Not flattening transparencies, not having images linked or not outlining fonts may result in some text or graphics dropping out from your artwork.
The cutting process for printed materials has a mechanical tolerance of about .0625 or 1/16 of an inch. When using a border in your artwork, it is essential that your design use at least .25 or 1/4 of an inch of white space from your border to the cut line to maintain a symmetric appearance.