Tips for file preparation
To help ensure your files are press-ready, we suggest you use the following information
to prepare your files. If you need assistance, please contact your sales representative for more information.
• Provide the current document layout file(s), no outdated or unused files.
• Supply all screen and printer fonts used in layout/document file(s) and imported EPS files.
No fonts are needed if the fonts are converted to paths, however, keep a version of the document without the fonts
converted so it can be edited later.
• Include all imported and embedded art/graphic file(s) used in layout/document file(s).
• Remove any unused colors and be sure the mode for each color is correct (spot or CMYK).
• Unlock all objects and layers.
• The page(s) in the document layout file(s) should be the same size as the final trim size
(unless otherwise instructed).
• Remove any unused pages and layers.
• Remove any unused graphics and text blocks from the pasteboard.
• All bleeds should be exactly 1/8". Trim or other marks should not be in the bleed area.
• As possible, all graphics should be linked instead of embedded
(not copied from one application and then pasted into another. This allows for modification if necessary).
• Do not use font menu styling (i.e. making a font bold or italic).
Use a bold or italic font instead in regular style.
• Avoid system fonts (ie. Arial, Times New Roman, Geneva, Chicago). Use fonts like Helvetica or Times instead.
• Do not use the non-printing feature of the program to keep objects from printing.
If the object does not print, remove it from the file.
• For raster (bitmap) images TIFF files work the best. Use the LZW compression; this is a loseless
compression that will save disk space. For duotones EPS files are necessary.
All images should be at least 300 dpi or 1200 dpi for 1-bit (bitmap) images.