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File Prep Guides

Supported Formats

We accept InDesign and Quark Express file formats, among others, in Macintosh or Windows. Call or email us if you’re using a different application to confirm format support. You may send the files to us on a CD, Zip, Jazz or via FTP.

If you prefer traditional methods, we can accept hard copy for scanning into our digital system. Our state-of-the-art scanning system will accept transparencies and reflective source material for high resolution output.


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To avoid production delays it is very important to provide us with print ready files, either as PDFs or in their native format. A very basic outline for file prepreration can be found below. For a more detailed description please download the PDF guides found below.

  • Include an 0.125" bleed outside the trim of the document
  • All colors set to CMYK and/or spot (convert RGB files to CMYK)
  • Use the same ‘type’ of spot color consistantly. E.g. PMS 3265 CV or 3265 U, but not both
  • Bitmap file resolution (CMYK, duotone and grayscale graphics) should be at least 300 dpi at placed size
  • Embed all fonts when creating PDFs or convert all fonts to outlines before creating the PDF
    • Use descriptive but ‘standard’ file naming conventions:
    • Use a three letter extension on all files (e.g., “.tif” “.qxd”)
    • Length: 32 or fewer characters, including the extension
    • Use only one period in a file name, and position it before the three-letter extension.
    • Use only the characters from the following sets: a-z, 0-9, underscore ( _ ) and dash ( - )
  • Delete all unused spot colors. Convert spot colors not used as seperate inks to CMYK
  • If providing ‘native’ files (quark, indesign) provide all linked graphics, embeded files, and ALL fonts used
  • Before uploading multiple files, use a file compression utility to create one compressed folder.