PREFERRED FILES
PDF/X Files: Using PDF/X compliant files eliminates the most common errors in file preparation: fonts that aren’t embedded, incorrect color spaces, missing images, and overprinting and trapping issues. These issues usually don’t arise with PDF/X files because by definition, these standards require all fonts to be embedded, appropriate PDF bounding boxes to be specified, and color to appear as either CMYK, spot colors, or both. PDF/X-compliant files must also contain information describing the printing condition for which they are prepared. If you use PDF/X-compliant files, you won’t have to worry about being asked to supply missing fonts or images, nor will you have to be concerned about a service provider converting an image from RGB to CMYK without your seeing the results. Finally, we will know if the file was prepared properly for high-quality print output.

PREFERRED NATIVE FILES AND IMAGES
We prefer Adobe Creative Suite programs (InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator), and QuarkXpress. Publisher and Word documents are NOT our preferred formats.

FONTS, IMAGES AND ARTWORK
Please include all fonts, images and artwork that you placed into your native files. NOTE: A 72 DPI image file resaved as a 300 DPI file will still print like a 72 DPI file!

BLEED
You must add 1/8” of BLEED around all 4 sides of your files.

COLORS
All images (Photoshop) must be converted to CMYK, unless its a 1, 2, or 3 color job, if this is the case make sure they are NOT converted to CMYK.

SPOT COLOR JOBS
Match the color names between graphic imports and your document. For instance, if your import is colored Pantone 185 CVC and your document additionally has Pantone 185 CV, you will get two corresponding spot plates.

For more information proper file formatting and our Prepress Specifications, please click here.