Design Specs

Basic Print Design Requirements

*some special products will different design requirements however these apply to virtually all products ordered.

In order to ensure your files are print-ready, we recommend that you send them in PDF format. When you generate a print-ready PDF, your computer will use the settings in Adobe Acrobat Distiller or any other PDF generating programs you may use. Please make sure that these are set properly before generating your PDF file.

• If you are sending through PDF files created in Photoshop, please be sure all layers are flattened.

• All fonts must be outlined.

Check your file to make sure it meets our file creation guidelines. This will help speed up the production of your project and give your printed piece the best results.

• Use the CMYK colorspace (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, blacK). These are industry standard printing colors. CMYK colors are different than RGB (Red, Green, Blue), which are used to display colors on your screen.

• Use a minimum resolution of 300 dpi for image files.

• Specify trim area with crop marks. (Don't place crop marks inside the work area.)

• Artwork should have 1/8" (0.125") bleed extending past the trim line. This is to prevent minor cutting variations from leaving unintended results at the trim edge. This means, for example, that if your desired item is 18”x24”, the file submitted for print MUST be 18.125”x24.125”. Files not including bleed will be rejected by the printer adding time to the turnaround.

• Safe Area is the 1/8" (0.125") area inside the trim line. Do not put critical information or images within the Safe Area. This is to prevent minor cutting variations from leaving unintended results at the trim edge.

• If you want printed borders, they must be placed a minimum of 1/8" (0.125") inside the trim line and include bleed. This is to prevent minor cutting variations from leaving unintended results at the trim edge.