Elements necessary for us to prep a job


• All art, fonts and layouts for separations - preflight/collect for output.

• Purchase order with detailed instructions (includes: spot colors, varnishes, special stock, emboss or die cuts)

• Only include the files we will need on your disc or in your upload.


Please note:

Your job will not move into pre-press production until we have both purchase order and art files. If art files are uploaded to our FTP site the file name and location need to be clearly stated on your PO.


Preferred file formats

• QUARK (Up to version 8.0) or call for latest version

• InDesign (Up to version CS6) or call for latest version

• PDF (Press Ready)

• TIFF, JPG (All image files 300dpi CMYK for best results)


Accepted file formats

• ILLUSTRATOR (Up to version CS6) or call for latest version

• PHOTOSHOP (Up to version CS6) or call for latest version

• PDF, EPS, AI, JPG, TIFF, PNG (Hi-Resolution ready for print)


Not accepted

• Print Master


Things to check before submitting your files



 Documents dimensions: It is important that the page size of your layout is the exact size of the trim of your template. Your image should extend 1/8" over the page edge to provide sufficient bleed. We suggest you keep any type or critical design 1/8" minimum from the edge (for safety).


• When submitting files for production please include all fonts (including those in placed images), and links. Incomplete submissions are subject to rejection and delays.


 Unwanted elements: Covering up unwanted elements with white boxes can reappear during output of separations. Please use clipping paths or bounding boxes to make sure no elements go beyond the bleed area.


 Color Definition: Please make sure the spot colors and process colors are named exactly the same in layout and graphic applications. If using spot colors, do not alter the names of the Pantone Matching System naming convention. (IE: Red 185 should be named PANTONE 185 C). Colors which are incorrectly defined will result in either the wrong quantity of plates or objects not appearing in the imaging process.


 Overprinting: If you do not want a color to overprint, please make sure you have unchecked the overprinting box in your graphic program. If you overprint white on a color, it will appear as white when you viewing it, but will disappear in our ripping process.




 TrueType: Avoid TrueType fonts as much as possible. Many can not be embedded in PDF files and conflicts arise more often with PostScript fonts and TrueType in the same document.


• Font Styles: Do not use the attributes menu in your program to create bold, italic, etc. It may display ok on the monitor but if there is no bold, italic or bold italic style for the font family it will not output properly. Use only the styles that come with your font.


• If you are working on a PC and do not convert your fonts to outline. This may add to your turn around time.


 Type Size & Ruling: For maximum readability and better results, submitted files should be:

- Minimum type size for positive printing is 5 points.

- Minimum type size for reverse and knockout printing is 6 points.

- Minimum type size for a knockout in 4-color process printing is 6.5 points.

- Minimum type size stroke width as well as rule or line width is 1 point.




• Your files need to be CMYK. Your CMYK values, when added together, should not exceed 300.


• Tiff, EPS and PSD files are all acceptable file formats. Do not supply JPG, GIF or PNG files. These are compressed files formats that should be used for internet only. If you submit JPG files do so at your own risk or make sure it is 300dpi CMYK files.


• Images should be 300 dpi, at 100% size when imported into layout programs. If your file is 300 dpi and you enlarge it to 200% in another programs, the resolution becomes 150 dpi and is not an acceptable printing resolution and your job will not look good.


• By cropping, scaling or rotating your graphics BEFORE you place them imaging time is greatly reduced.