Preparing Files

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High quality and accurate printing begins with accurate file preparation. We have simple standard print specifications for your use, along with expert advice for your project from our prepress/design department. Please call if you have any questions regarding your file preparation.

When you supply your artwork files on flash drive or CD or make arrangements to present your files via email, please supply ONLY the job you want printed. Include all fonts and any linked graphics or logos.

We accept digital artwork created in the following programs:

Adobe InDesign CC or older
Adobe Illustrator CC or older
Adobe Photoshop CC or older

Adobe Illustrator
When providing artwork in Illustrator, please indicate colors as spot colors (Pantone). Include any fonts or linked graphics that go with the job, or convert your fonts to outline before saving. Include crop marks. Please call with any questions.

Adobe Photoshop
Resolution should be 300 dpi minimum at actual print dimensions. If the artwork extends to the edge of the print (bleeds), please include 1/8 inch of extra space on all sides. Any important text should be within the safety zone of 1/8 inch from the edge of the print. Please call with any questions.

Adobe InDesign
Please provide artwork one-up. Export to PDF including bleeds and crop marks. If we need to make any adjustments, we will need the entire InDesign project files. For this, please “Package” the file including any fonts or linked graphics that go with the job.

Hard Copy Originals
If you only have a hard copy and no native file, we are able to create electronic files by scanning your hard copy — get us your hard copy and we’ll do the rest.

Artwork Recreation
If the graphics part of your job is not your “thing,” or if your current artwork is in some form other than those described above, do not despair. More than likely, we can recreate all or part of your artwork to meet your specifications. All of this can be determined with a consultation with our graphics department. Our highly trained staff will determine the best way to accomplish your job in the most effective, economical manner.

Tips for Creating Print Ready PDFs
Most people don’t realize that there are many helpful applications out there to enable easy PDF creation! PDFs are an excellent way to export content you may build in Microsoft Word, Publisher, or really any program that has a printing feature!

The Acrobat Distiller
Adobe Systems has an application called Adobe Acrobat. You may find this for purchase at Adobe’s website. On top of being able to view and edit PDFs with this software, it is also bundled with an application called the Acrobat Distiller, that is essentially a “printer” that, when you send your document to print, you may select the Distiller and choose where to save your newly created PDF.