We have prepared the following guide to assist you with your electronic file preparation and submission. If you have a specific problem that is not covered in this guide, or have other questions, please feel free to contact us. Improperly prepared files can cause delays in manufacturing.
Step 1: Artwork should contain a bleed of .125”. Text should be at least .125” away from the cut edge. Improper bleeds could lead to white edges around the printed graphics. Improper text placement could lead to lost text during the trim process.
Step 2: Artwork should be in CMYK color mode. RGB and other files will be converted to CMYK, which may cause color variation.
Step 3: Artwork should be 300 dpi or higher resolution.
Step 4: Make sure all template lines are removed before uploading.
Step 5: Check your artwork for spelling/grammar/punctuation and overall layout. This includes removing bar codes from your artwork and instead noting the bar code’s placement in the “special instructions” section.
Step 6: When uploading your art, be sure to upload each side of the card separately using the upload buttons at the bottom of the page.
A 1/8″ border must be added to pictures and designs bleeding to the edge, so that there is no white space or border showing around the artwork. It is also important to keep text at least a 1/4″ away from the paper edge or the trim line to prevent accidental cropping.
Print previews are not a safe and sure measuring tool for color accuracy. Colors on the file might be effected by monitor calibration, screen resolution and lighting, just to name a few. Many Pantone colors show a marked color shift when converted to four color process.
For one, two or three color jobs printed in Pantone spot color, make sure your colors are specified as spot color and they separate correctly. You can test this by printing separations on your laser printer.
To achieve the desired color on press, digital files must reflect accurate color models and percentage. Please make sure all colors are in CMYK mode for color accuracy and a better quality output.
- All images and pictures should be 300 dpi.
- Rasterized text or logos should be 1200 dpi.
- Screen values should be between 133 lpi and 150 lpi.
Guidelines by Application
The following outlines the specific file requirements by application. If you have any questions, please contact our graphics department.
- Files should be 300 dpi at 100% of actual size for quality offset reproduction.
- Files should be saved in PDF format (embed all fonts and set the screen value to 133 lpi.)
We provide PDF files as electronic soft proofs. These digital proofs intend to show you the layout and design elements of your job, but cannot be a guarantee of color accuracy. If color accuracy is of extreme importance to you, please ask for a hard copy proof. Scan all transparencies and line art at 100% of final size unless data size is prohibitive. If such a case occurs, scan at 1/4 or 1/2 of final size. Scan all transparencies and line art at 100% of final size unless data size is prohibitive. If such a case occurs, scan at 1/4 or 1/2 of final size.