Adobe Photoshop Guidelines

 

* Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Call for latest version available)

* Windows or Mac OS versions

* Disk: USB Travel Drives or CDs

* Send all Adobe Photoshop 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.

 

ZONE GUIDE

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

 

Image > Image Size

 

All images are CMYK color mode

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

Submit all images (Verify current link status)

 

IMAGE SIZE

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

 

SCALING IMAGES

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

 

Window > Show Color

 

Fill colors used in Adobe Photoshop are CMYK

Stroke colors used in Adobe Photoshop are CMYK

Gradient colors used in Adobe Photoshop are CMYK

 

COLOR SHIFTS

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

 

Submit all fonts used in layout as a backup

 

FONTS TO BITMAP

 

When submitting a Photoshop tiff or eps all fonts become part of the bitmap artwork. Be sure to double check all spelling and punctuation. It is a good idea to send all fonts used in bitmap images as a back up.

 

Step 5: Save As

 

File > Save As

 

Photoshop TIF Format

 

1) Select Photoshop TIFF Format

2) Select Mac or IBM Byte Order

3) Click OK

 

Photoshop EPS Format

 

1) Select Photoshop EPS Format

2) Select Preview Macintosh (8 bits/pixel)

3) Select Binary Encoding

4) Click OK

 

Photoshop EPS Clipping Path

 

1) Select Window > Show Paths

2) Select the Clipping Path menu

3) Select Path to use for clipping

4) Set Flatness to 0.2 Device Pixels

5) Click OK

6) Repeat Photoshop EPS Format steps listed above to save clipping path changes

 

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.