Preparing Digital Files for Printing

We've created these guildelines to help you avoid the mistakes that can happen when you're busy trying to meet a deadline.

We'll print your job on time, within budget, and at the highest level of quality. To help your job go smoothly, use the follow guidelines when preparing your files. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us.

Setting Up Your Document

Page Layout

Define your page size as the final trim size of your document. All content should be at least 3/16 inch inside the trim. To create a bleed, extend your page elements 1/8 inch off the edge of the document or artboard.

If your document folds, pay close attention to your panel sizes. Generally, the width of a panel that folds into another panel should be reduced by 1/16 inch. For thicker paper stocks, you'll need to reduce your panel a bit more.

Spot and CMYK Color

If your job is a two-color job, please do not convert spot colors to CMYK.

Use only Pantone or CMYK colors. Never use RGB, HSL or any other non-standard color models. Delete any unused colors.

Print a laser copy of each color plate to check your color breaks and help ensure the accuracy of your job.

If you have color scanned images, be sure they are converted to CMYK.


Define rules by their width in points. Specify a 0.25 or 0.5 point rule when you want a hairline rule. Rules thinner than 0.25 points will print fine on coated stocks.


Line art should be scanned at 800 to 1200 dpi, if you are scanning at the percentage size that the image will be used. For example, if the original artwork is to be reduced to 25%, then scan at 25%. Import the image in your page layout program at 100%.

Halftone images should be scanned at 300 dpi to the size that the art will be reproduced or double the line screen used. They should be saved in or converted to EPS or TIFF format. When saving files in TIFF format, use Adobe® Photoshop® whenever possible, and do not use LZW compression.

Imported high-resolution scans should be placed as close to 100% of size whenever possible. Enlarging or reducing an image may impact its quality.

Rotate images in Adobe Photoshop prior to importing or placing them in your design program.

Do not save images as RGB; use CMYK.

Picture box background color should be set to white in QuarkXPressTM files.

Use File > Place when importing graphics into InDesign.

Using Fonts and Type Styles

Use PostScript® Type 1 or OTF fonts. Avoid using TrueType fonts, since they contain both the screen font and printer font in a single file.

Always select font styles from the font menu in your page layout program. Do not use the measurement palette style buttons or type styles menu to change from Roman to Bold or Italic. This creates a fake bold or italic face that can image incorrectly.

Never use a city-named font! New York, Geneva, and Chicago are for ink jet printers and Web pages.

Creating PostScript Files

Once you've completed your document, print it to a PostScript (PS) file. Be sure to embed fonts (or change your type to outlines in the source program prior to saving it).

Creating PDF Files

Please contact us to get a nifty job options file, OpenRIP NT, to use when distilling your PostScript file. Then, after you export or print your file to PostScript, launch Adobe Acrobat® Distiller. In the Job Options field, choose the "OpenRIP NT" job option and distill the file. Note: Don't use compression when creating the PDF, and don't allow Distiller to convert colors.

Are you creating a multiple page file for print, such as a booklet or program? See Multiple Page File Setup for instructions on how to set up your file in your design program.

See Submitting Files for Printing for instructions on how to send files to us.

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