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.



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)



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


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



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




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.