Print-Ready File Specifications and Tips
Please submit a high-resolution PDF file containing all pages of your project.
*If you are exporting out of InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop or QuarkXPress, you can use the “Press Quality” PDF preset. Don’t forget to include crop marks and bleeds!
Please create your PDF as 1-up pages with trim marks. If you have artwork that spans across two pages (centerfold image), please submit those specific pages as spreads. This is to ensure artwork lines up in the spine area. If your project is hard or softcover, please contact us for cover and spine size information. Your cover and spine artwork can be submitted separately.
Any artwork reaching the edge of your trimmed product will need bleed. Extend these images and backgrounds 1/8” past the trim line to create a bleed margin. This margin will be trimmed off during the final production stages.
This is an area inside the final trim size of your project. Most binding and trimming equipment is accurate up to 1/32”. Because of this, we suggest keeping any important information at least 1/8” away from the page edge. This eliminates any risk of being trimmed off.
We recommend that all text be created as vector text (InDesign, Illustrator, Quark). Make sure to embed fonts or convert your text to outlines. Text in Photoshop? Whenever possible, avoid flattening or rasterizing layers with text on them. Doing so will convert your smooth text to pixels; often causing a small amount of “noise” to appear around your text. Instead, keep your text layers and save your file as a Photoshop PDF without flattening. Be sure to include a folder of the fonts used.
All artwork should be at 300ppi or higher for best results. Any artwork that is under 300ppi can print fuzzy or pixelated. *This goes for all images placed within (nested) your artwork as well.
We print in process CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black). Please make sure all images and created color swatches are in CMYK. We can convert your files to CMYK for you, but there is a good chance that colors will shift leaving you with unexpected results. Rich Blacks? When creating a rich black swatch, make sure to use the following breakdown: 60% Cyan, 40% Magenta, 40% Yellow, and 100% Black. Black and White? If your project is going to be printed as black and white, use a Grayscale color mode. This will convert everything to shades of black. True Color? We recommend calibrating your monitors using a prepress calibration setting. This will give you a better representation of the final output. Ink Densities? The standard ink density for offset printing is 240%. Anything over that may turn out muddy, will take longer to dry and could potentially offset on its neighboring sheet.