Preparing Files – For best results, please prepare your file.

Be sure to use our checklist to ensure the best printing experience!

FILE FORMAT:

Please make sure all files are print ready.

We accept PDF’s only. Any other file format will have a $5 conversion fee.

Please in ensure files are at size (exp. If you are wanting to print something at 8.5 x 11, your file needs to be designed at 8.5×11)

RESOLUTION:

All file formats must have a minimum of 300 dpi (dot per inch) resolution.

BLEED:

WHAT’S A BLEED?

Bleed is the portion of the product that will be trimmed off when it is cut to the final size. Click here to view our guide!

WHY BLEED?

The purpose of a bleed is to continue a color, image, or design to the edge of the product. Due to the possibility of shifting in the trimming process, a bleed is required to ensure that a white line does not show on the edges of your product.

We require files to be built to the full bleed dimension specified for each trim size. (exa. 8.75″ x 11.25″ will be trimmed to 8.5″ x 11″)  The bleed is then trimmed off of each side, which will result in the desired final (or trim) size.

Please build your print-ready digital files by adding the appropriate bleed to your file (min bleed is .125″ all the way around the document). There maybe an additional charge to cut to bleed, make sure to ask one of our Print Associates.

FONTS:

a. Fonts must be embedded in PDF files. (This is only if we are editing your file, this is rare)
b. Fonts must be outlined or converted to paths or curves in EPS files.
c. Some fonts have copyright restrictions and will not embed in PDF Files.

SAFE ZONE & BORDERS:

All critical elements (text, images, logos, etc.) must be kept at least 0.25″ inside the edge. Anything left close to edge may be cut off during trimming.

No borders are recommended, as shifting in the cutting process may make borders appear uneven.

We do not recommend crossover images and/or copy, as these elements may be lost in the gutter and may not line up after binding.

Please keep all critical images and/or copy within the Safe Zone to ensure these elements are clearly visible and there are no line-up registration issues.