Please call us at 916.487.8679 if you have a file that's too big to
Preparation Checklist for
Print Ready Files
The following check list will help ensure
that your file is print ready. For a more detailed explanation
of printing terminology, please visit our FAQ.
- If at all possible, save or export your file as
a 300dpi PDF to upload. Carefully review your PDF
file before uploading, ensuring all of your fonts, graphics and
formatting have been captured correctly in the PDF.
- We accept most native electronic file formats. We
also accept PSD, TIF and EPS image files at 300dpi. Some JPG files
are acceptable at 300dpi if saved at maximum quality. We're
sorry, but we are unable to accept Microsoft Publisher or Visio, Quark
Xpress, or PrintShop files.
- If you are uploading a native (non-PDF) file, please
include all the files we need to produce your job: page layout files,
imported images, fonts and other support files.
- Use CMYK color to set
up your print file. We will convert
RGB color to CMYK for printing using standard conversion values which
may not yield the colors you are expecting.
- If you are using spot colors, your files need to have
the same color names in the final output document. For example, Pantone
300C in a placed logo, Pantone 300U in a colored box and Pantone 300CVU
as a font color will print as three separate plates (three separate
spot colors instead of one.)
- Text must be at least
1/8" inside of the trim line on all sides.
- If the design of your page goes all the way to the
edge, please continue your artwork 1/8" over each edge that your
design or background bleeds over.
- If your project is a book or
catalog, leave a gutter (a gutter is the space between the text and
spine of the page) between folded pages. Book margins should
be at least 3/8" on all edges
of a page. A 3/8" margin on each page will make the
- Outline all fonts when working in Photoshop
or Illustrator, embed fonts in other programs and flatten all layers.
- Always choose the appropriate font face from your
menu and avoid clicking the bold or italic buttons.
Though they may look fine on screen, and even print correctly on
a laser printer, if you don’t actually have a bold face
available in your font menu it will not always come out bold on your
final printed piece.
- Create traps if your design includes areas of directly
adjacent or overlapping spot colors.
- If your files are large (above 30MB), use WinZip
on a PC or Stuffit on a Mac to compress all the files into a single
file for uploading.
- If you have any questions call us at 916.487.8679
or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org before uploading.