CorelDraw Guidelines


* CorelDraw X4 (Call for latest version available)

* Windows or Mac OS versions

* Disk: USB Travel Drives or CDs

* Send all CorelDraw documents, images, and fonts


The following is a step-by-step guide designed to help you submit files that are ready to print. If you follow it carefully, you will avoid many of the common pitfalls that often hinder digital files.


Remember: If we are missing anything, this may delay your order.


Step 1: Document Size


File > Document Setup...


Adjust your document to the trim size.



Safe Zone = 1/8" margin from the edge of the page

Danger Zone = Area outside the 1/8" margin

Bleed = 1/8" past the edge of the page


If you intend to have an image completely cover a page of your document, then you need to be sure that the image extends (bleeds) at least 1/8" over the edge of the page. Do not end it at page edge (trim) or white will show on the edges.


Step 2: Images


Edit > Properties > Bitmap


All images are CMYK color mode

Tiff or an EPS (Do Not send Jpegs, Picts, Gifs, etc.)

300 dpi resolution (or 1,200 dpi for b/w line art)

Submit all images (Verify current link status)



All images should be 300 dpi resolution or 1,200 dpi resolution for b/w line art.



If you scale the image after importing it into another application, the effective resolution will change. If you scaled the image up to 200% in Photoshop, then the final resolution will be 150 dpi and considered low resolution.


Step 3: Color


Edit > Properties > Fill


Fill colors used in CorelDraw are CMYK

Stroke colors used in CorelDraw are CMYK

Gradient colors used in CorelDraw are CMYK



There is a color-shift when converting from RGB to CMYK. Do not trust the colors on your monitor. We recommend that you proof your job at a local service bureau and get a calibrated color proof.


Check the color mixture before using a default color. It may print a color different from the color on your monitor.


Step 4: Fonts


Arrange > Convert to Curves


Submit all fonts used in layout as a backup



When submitting a CorelDraw document you may convert the fonts to outlines or curves. All fonts will now be considered vector art. If you do not convert your fonts to curves, be sure to send all fonts used in your layout to avoid delay.


Step 5: Save As


File > Save As


CorelDraw CDR Format


1) Select Photoshop TIFF Format

2) Select Mac or IBM Byte Order

3) Click OK


File > Export


CorelDraw EPS Format


Click Save EPS Format

1) Select General

2) Check Include Header

3) Select TIFF format - 8 Bit Color Type 72 dpi Resolution

4) Select Export Text as Curves

5) Select Send Bitmap as CMYK

6) Check Auto Increase Fountain Steps

7) Select 256 Fountain Steps

8) Select Advanced

9) PostScript Level 1 Compatibility

10) Select Page for Bounding Box

11) Check Bleed Area

12) 0.125" Bleed Area Box

13) Click OK


Step 6: File Submission


Call your Sales Representative to verify files are ready to send by disk or FTP

Fill out the Job Information Form carefully

Mail or FTP the files along with a current mock-up to Alltime Printing


Remember: if we are missing anything, this may delay your order.