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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• Provide the current document layout file(s), no outdated or unused files.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.