Resolution / Scanning

  • Final resolution of scanned color or grayscale images should be 300 dpi. Line art should be 1200 dpi. Internet graphics are usually 72 dpi and produce low quality offset print graphics.
  • Use the .TIF format for all scanned images.
  • Be sure to use the scaling factor if you will be enlarging images after you scan them.
    Scan resolution = (final size / scan size) x final resolution

Document Size

  • Set your document page size to the final size of your printed page. Avoid manually drawn crop marks.
  • Extend bleeds 1/8" past page edges.
  • Be sure to keep non-bleeding items at least 1/8" from any edge.
  • Never put two pages together on one page as a spread. This will result in significant charges.

Spot Color Documents

  • Delete all unused colors in your documents, be sure the rest are defined as spot colors.
  • Be sure the colors defined in your graphic files match those in the document.
  • Print color separations to your laser printer and be sure all items print on the correct separation.

Process Color Documents

  • Delete all unused colors in your documents, make sure the rest are defined as process colors.
  • Be sure all placed graphics are CMYK. Double check any embedded bitmaps.

Preflight Checks

  • Include a full-size mock-up, indicating any folds, perforations, or other information that we will need to finish your job.
  • Make sure to include all graphic files used in your project. Use Quark's "Picture Usage" or Adobe's "Links Manager" to see what graphics are used.
  • Include all fonts used in your project. Both screen and printer fonts are needed when using postscript fonts.
  • Check to see if you have used any fonts in your .eps files. They will need to be converted to outlines before sending the graphic.

Most of all, feel free to call us with any questions regarding file preparation. They will be glad to help you with your project.

Supported Applications
All digital artwork should be submitted using one of the following applications:

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • QuarkXPress
  • Adobe Acrobat (PDF)
Files should be sized to the final page size of the project. Be sure to properly configure the file for spot or process color and include the supporting documents. You may also want to visit our Artwork Specifications page for additional suggestions on preparing your file correctly.


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