Adobe Illustrator Guidelines


* Adobe Illustrator CS6 (Call for latest version available)

* Windows or Mac OS versions

* Disk: USB Travel Drives or CDs

* Send all Adobe Illustrator 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


File > Document Info > Linked Images


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)



If you scale the image after importing it into Adobe Illustrator, the effective resolution will change. If you scaled a 300 dpi image up to 200% in Adobe Illustrator, then the final resolution will be 150 dpi and considered low resolution.



Confirm the status of all linked images before you submit your files. No image link status should display "Modified" or "Missing".


Step 3: Color


Window > Show Color


Fill colors used in Adobe Illustrator are CMYK

Stroke colors used in Adobe Illustrator are CMYK

Gradient colors used in Adobe Illustrator 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


Type > Create Outlines


Submit all fonts used in layout as a backup



When submitting an Adobe Illustrator Document you may convert the fonts to outlines. All fonts will now be considered vector art. If you do not convert your fonts to outlines, be sure to send all fonts used in your layout to avoid delay.


Step 5: Save As


File > Save As


Illustrator AI Format


1) Select Illustrator AI Format (default)

2) Click Save AI Format

3) Click OK


File > Save As EPS


Illustrator EPS Format


Click Save EPS Format

1) Set Compatibility

2) Select 8-bit IBM PC or Macintosh

3) Select Include Placed Files, Document Thumbnails, Document Fonts, CMYK PostScript

4) PostScript Level 2

5) 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.