Printing FAQ

If you send us an RGB file, there is a chance that a color shift may occur and you may not be satisfied with your job.

You should always start and finish your designs in CMYK color mode.

Always use CMYK color profile for printing.  If you use RGB, there can be major colorshifts.
What color mode should my files be in?

Bleed must extend past the crop line and will be trimmed from the product during the final cutting phase. When the image is required to extend all the way to the edge, bleed is needed to preserve the finished look and the quality of the final product.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

- The bleed for Standard Products is 0.125".
- The bleed for Booklets and Presentation Folders is 0.25".

Here is a bleed and how to set one up.
How should I set up my bleed?

No, We are now specifically set up to process one side at a time, and this requires that each side of a job must be on a separate file.  That also includes separate files for masks used for spot UV, foil and specialty raised finishes.

Not separating files will cause delays and you might have to send the files again. Remember to separate the pages of your .pdf files as well.

It is good practice to label which file is front and which file is back in your file names because different cards can have different finishes on the front and back (ex: gloss front and matte back so it can be written on) and doing this can help you from accidentally making a mistake.

Can I set up the front and back in the same file?

When exporting from any program such as Indesign or Illustrator, use these settings to make sure your .PDF files export correctly.

EXPORT SETTINGS FOR .PDF FILES

Adobe PDF Preset is set to: Press Quality

Compatibility is set to: Acrobat 4 (PDF 1.3)

Compress Text and Line Art is set to: Off

How do I export a .pdf correctly for print?

We recommend saving as a PDF file. You may also send the file in the following types: JPG, JPEG, TIF, TIFF, EPS, and PNG.

We prefer that you send PDF with embedded or outlined fonts. PDF files are easier to handle and will likely speed up your turn-around. Remember to flatten your files before uploading.

What kind of files can I send for printing?