File Preparation Guidelines

We can accept your digital files if you follow our general guidelines. If you have any questions about this information, please call.

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Accepted Applications

  • Adobe Illustrator CC or earlier
  • Adobe InDesign CC or earlier
  • Adobe Photoshop CC or earlier
  • Adobe Acrobat Pro DC or earlier

File Preparation for Digital & Offset

If sending Working Files:

  • When designing full colour artwork create in CYMK workspace, not RGB
  • Link images within layout programs. (Illustrator or InDesign), don’t embed images.
  • Include all linked images.
  • Make sure your images are the right DPI (300 or higher) for printing.
  • Ensure that all linked bitmap images are created to size, not scaled down within layout program.
  • Try not to use JPEG bitmap images as they are less quality than TIFF or Photoshop (PSD) files.
  • Make sure final Photoshop or TIFF bitmap images are flattened.
  • If using transparency effects (e.g. drop shadow) within InDesign or Illustrator, do not combine with Pantone colours as that can create unpredictable and unwanted results.
  • Convert fonts to outlines within layout program (preferred) or include them with the files sent.
  • 1/8” (0.125”) minimum outside the document edge is required for any bleed
  • Depending on size, bewteen 1/16“ (0.625”) to 1/8” safety zone/margin inside the document edge is required.
  • Make sure black text is 100% black with no other colours added.
  • Use vector formats for text, line art and logos whenever possible.
  • If custom bindery is required (spiral binding, hole punching, folding, etc.), make sure your margins allow for that.
  • Make sure only files used are sent.

If sending a PDF:

  • Make sure to embed fonts or convert to outlines.
  • Include crop marks and bleed.
  • Make sure settings are for Press Ready.
  • Don’t export a PDF with security settings and password protection.
  • See “If sending Working Files” list for other file preparations needed.