Here you will find the key advice for proper preparation of your files. If you follow these technical specifications, you will help us produce quality work and help any problems during printing.
We recommend you send us high-resolution PDF files.
(See section on DOCUMENT FORMAT for requisite technical specifications).
If you send us source files, (In Design, Illustrator, Quark X Press or Photoshop) you need to send a complete folder containing:
To generate a folder containing all elements, use the software’s packaging functions:
Files provided must be comply with the following technical specifications:
* If your document has a color background, you must make sure it exceeds the document’s final format (bleed) so as to cut into the color and prevent a white contour.
Your image resolution must be:
Offset and digital: 300 ppi (pixels/inch)
Large format: 200 ppi (pixels/inch)
This is the optimal resolution to guarantee proper printing. A lower resolution can give pixilated images and will result in inferior printing quality. A higher resolution won’t result in better quality printing.
Files must be in CMYK or PANTONE mode (PANTONE colors must keep name of origin: i.e. PANTONE OOO C). Do not change the name (i.e. PMS OOO C).
The RGB color mode is reserved for screen display rather than printing. If you send an RGB file, it will automatically be converted in CMYK and you will note a big difference in color between desired screen color and printed document.
Please send your file one page-at-a-time (no double-sided format) as follows:
1 Multipage PDF file as per the order in which pages appear: Cover 1 / Cover 2 / Page 1 / Page 2 (…) / Cover 3 / Cover 4.
With bleed if necessary and cut lines.
In the case of a die-cut shape or special die-cut, the cut must be in the file and on both front and back. It must be in spot color identified “die or die-line” and in overprint.
The varnish, embossing or stamping must be in a spot color tint at 100% overlaid on the image and in overprint. The
color must be clearly identified “varnish, Spot UV, embossing, or hot stamping”.
A well-done PDF should contain the following PDF page areas:
When two or more areas overlap, only one color line is displayed.
In Acrobat, you can view these areas by checking the “Show Art, Trim & Bleed” boxes in the “Output Preview” dialog box.