This checklist represents many of the details (but not necessarily all of them) that are required (critical) for your file to print correctly. Until they are met, your file is likely not “Print-Ready”.
Failure to complete these items will mean that your file may not print correctly, or as intended. We can take no responsibility for files that do not have all this important criteria met. In most cases you should allow extra time for a “hard-copy” proof. Feel free to call to ask about any of these items if you are unsure.
Any labour to organize / correct files prior to printing will be subject to additional charges.
We print at the size provided. Please make sure that you have sent at the size required. With large format, we can enlarge when instructed, but they may notl be to scale and the print quality may be questionable.
Does the image or colour go to the edge of your page? If so you need an extra .0625″ of that image or colour all the way around your document for cutting.
ie. 3.5 x 2 = 3.625 x 2.125 (Note: keep text at text at least .1875 away from the finished edge.)
We need standard crop marks to know where to cut your work.
Size Create your work at the exact finished size of the job (plus bleed).
Your document and all the parts should have a resolution of 300 dpi. If printed on the wide format printer it can be a little lower.
All fonts should be converted to outlines / curves unless you want us to edit your file. If so, please supply the fonts as well.
Your document should be CMYK or Pantone colours. Colours can vary when printed on different machines and how they are viewed on your monitor.
Your brochure should be set up in printer panels. Please contact us for measurements or a template. Note that every panel should be centered in it’s own space. If in doubt, fold a blank sheet carefully and measure (as the panels are not all the same size).
Please contact us to see how we would like your file supplied. We might want it imposed for printing or we may request single pages, depending on the printing process.
Word / Publisher / Excel Files (MS Office)
Please convert your documents to pdf. There is much formatting that can change between your computer and ours.
Unless intsrucrted otherwise, please provide your file 1 up only. We will do any imposing necessary for printing and best economy.
Although we don’t recommend using photoshop for layout (InDesign is recommended) please save your file unflattened as a photoshop pdf to retain crisp text.
This is an ai, eps, cdr or pdf usually with no bitmap images. It is necessary if we are enlarging your logo / graphic or placing it on a coloured background or image. One quick check is to enlarge your image to 400% on your monitor and see if it retains clarity.