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Digital Art File Specs

PRINTING SPECIFICATIONS:

We've learned that by streamlining the prepress process we're able to pass significant savings onto you, the customer. It also bypasses common pitfalls associated with preparing digital artwork for print: embedded fonts and images won't shift, get lost or render incorrectly. Also, we're unable to alter your job in any way. It puts you in control.

With this in mind, we request that all files sent for print be in industry standard formats. We request formats that aren't dependent on the application, fonts or other separate design elements used to create the piece. We accept the following file formats: .TIF, .JPG, and PDF. At the time, we do not accept quark files, Page maker, Corel Draw, or any similar software. These formats can be converted to an industry standard format in a variety of ways (See Below For Details) All file formats must have bit map resolutions of 300dpi/ppi and embedded or outlined fonts.

Sound Confusing? Well it's not! We have provided steps for many different programs to achieve this format. If you have any questions or are unable to supply art in this format, please call us and we will help you.

There is one step that is extremely important.

ALL PRINTED MATERIAL NEEDS 1/8" BLEED ON ALL SIDES Although our cutting staff is extremely precise, we can not guarantee any print job cuts with out the added bleed. There are no exceptions. Also, please keep your text at least 1/4" away from the edge of the piece unless it is an eighth page or smaller. This way your text is in a "safe" area. If you have any questions regarding this policy you may call us, or use our design templates located on our website.

File requirements:

Photoshop®

  • Resolution should be set for 300 dpi at the size of the piece.
  • Save files as "JPEG" or "TIF" with Maximum quality.
  • Submit in CMYK colormode.

Quark Xpress®

  • From the file menu in Quark select: "Save page as EPS..."
  • Name the file and press "Save".
  • Open the Quark EPS file into Adobe Illustrator, "Select All" and go to the "Type" menu selection and "Create Outlines". All text on files must be converted to outlines with the outline set to zero to eliminate the need for fonts.
  • Save file as Illustrator EPS with placed images included.
  • Open Illustrator EPS file into Photoshop.
  • In Photoshop set resolution to 300 dpi and mode to CMYK.
  • Save files as "JPEG" or "TIF" with Maximum quality.

Freehand®

  • Go to "Edit"; "Select"; "All" and then go to the menu selection "Text" then "Convert to Paths". All text within files must be converted to paths with the stroke set to zero to eliminate the need for fonts to be sent to us.
  • Export file as EPS with placed images included.
  • Open EPS file into Photoshop.
  • In Photoshop set resolution to 300 dpi and mode to CMYK.
  • Save files as "JPEG" or "TIF" with Maximum quality.

Adobe Illustrator®

  • In Illustrator "Select All" and go to the "Type" menu selection and "Create Outlines". All text within files must be converted to outlines with the outline set to zero to eliminate the need for fonts.
  • Save file as Illustrator EPS with placed images included.
  • Open Illustrator EPS file into Photoshop.
  • In Photoshop set resolution to 300 dpi and mode to CMYK.
Save files as "JPEG" or "TIF" with Maximum quality.
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