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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. Please note that improperly prepared files can cause delays in manufacturing.

QUICK CHECKLIST

 
All fonts are included.

 

    ►  Type is legible and crisp.
    ►  Page layout is correct.
    ►  Margins are set.
    ►  Artwork matches the specified dimensions.
    ►  All linked files, images, and fonts are placed in separate folders.
    ►  Colors in CMYK mode.

 

BLEEDS


A 3mm border must be added to pictures and designs bleeding to the edge. This ensures there is no white space or border showing around the artwork. It is also important to keep text at least 3mm away from the paper edge or the trim line to prevent accidental cropping.
 


COLOR SPECIFICATIONS


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.
 
For one, two or three color jobs printed in Pantone spot colors, make sure your colors are specified as spot color and they separate correctly. You can test this by making a press ready PDF file, opening the document in Adobe Acrobat and running "preflight". You can also check colour separations in "output preview".
 
To achieve the desired color result on the press, digital files must reflect accurate color models and percentage. Please make sure all colors are in CMYK mode for color accuracy and a better quality output when printing digitally.

IMAGE RESOLUTIONS
 
    ►  All images and pictures should be 300 dpi.
    ►  Rasterized text or logos should be 1200 dpi.
    ►  Screen values should be between 133 lpi and 150 lpi.

 

PREFERRED FILE FORMAT


    ►  Files should be 300 dpi at 100% of actual size for quality offset reproduction.
    ►  Files should be saved and supplied in PDF format (embed all fonts and set the screen value to 133 lpi.) 
    ►  3mm bleed around document with crop/trim marks


DIGITAL PROOFS


We provide PDF files as electronic soft proofs. These digital proofs intend to show you the layout and design elements of your job, but cannot be a guarantee of color accuracy. If color accuracy is of extreme importance to you, please ask for a hard copy proof.
 
If you have any questions, please contact our pre-press department who will be more than happy to guide you through this process.