Preparing Files

FILE FORMAT: We accept the following file formats TIF, TIFF, JPG, EPS, PNG, AI, PSD, and PDF.

RESOLUTION: In order for an image to print correctly all Print Products and file formats must be submitted at a resolution of 350 dpi at 100% of the final print size. When file resolution is lower than 350 dpi, the final print will have a substantial drop in the image quality. For Sign Products, please submit files with a resolution of 150 dpi.

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COLOR MODE: All color artwork and/or images must be provided in CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) color mode. All black & white artworks and/or images must be provided in grayscale color mode. Heavy black ink might cause smearing.

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 ALL files to be built to the full bleed dimension specified for each trim size. We automatically trim the bleed off of each side which will result in the desired trim size. For example: business cards require a 0.1" bleed to each dimension (or 0.05" bleed on all four sides). Thus, a 2" x 3.5" business card would have a bleed size 2.1" x 3.6". Please visit our download templates page and design your files on these templates to ensure proper bleed. Please build your print-ready digital files by adding the appropriate bleed to your file. Add 0.125" (1/8") bleed to each dimension (or 0.0625" bleed on all four sides).

CROP MARKS: Please build your press-ready digital files by adding crop marks.
Lines indicating where the paper should be cut to produce the correct size.


FONTS: a. Fonts must be embedded in PDF files.
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.
d. Quark Express: Fonts and images must be included with all files submitted. (Mac only)

SAFE ZONE: All critical elements (text, images, logos, etc.) must be kept at least 0.125" inside the edge. Anything left close to edge may be cut off during trimming.

BORDERS: Please allow 1/16" cutting space around your card. No borders are recommended, as shifting in the cutting process may make borders appear uneven.