SUBMITTING A FILE?
10 TIPS FOR FILE SUBMISSION
Taking into account a few basics when preparing files for print, can save a lot of time and help ensure your end product looks the way you expect. Below are our suggestions on how to make the entire print process go more smoothly.
- In a four-color project, convert all RGB images to CMYK prior to placing them in a layout document.
- Supply all fonts used in the publication --- including fonts used in supporting files.
- Supply all supporting graphic files and any links with created graphics. Use the “Pick” or “Collect for Output” functions to collect fonts and graphic images.
- Be sure to create a PDF file to accompany any electronic files sent via email or ftp. If you’re using ftp, please email your CSR with the file name. Print-ready PDF’s should be 300 DPI, with crops and bleeds.
- Be sure to add 1/8” bleed to all sides where color needs to go to the edge of the page.
- Build all page layout documents as independent pages shown in numerical order.
- For jobs containing more than one color, use a software program that allows for color separations.
- All scanned images need to be 300 ppi (pixels per inch) at 100% of the size they will be used in the document. Images off the internet are 72 ppi and rarely are sufficient for plate output.
- Images saved from photo programs can be a .tif or .psd (EXCEPTION: monotone, duotone, tri-tone or quad-tone images saved as .eps)
- Use separation preview or output a color-separated laser from your files to check CMYK and spot colors
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