Microsoft Word - Artwork
accept High Resolution PDF's (Portable Document Format)
version is available on line at:
a High Resolution PDF - CMYK
have found that the most stable high resolution PDFs are produced from
postscript files that are distilled with Acrobat Distiller's "PDF/X-1a"
Job Option settings.
"PDF/X-1a" Job Option DOES NOT convert PMS spot colors to CMYK process.
consider these tips when producing a high resolution PDF:
your job is to be in CMYK, please convert all colors in your color
pallet and artwork (.eps vector files) to CMYK to ensure that no
unexpected spot colors are produced.
all fonts with no subsetting;
all images are at least 600 dpi and line art is 1200 dpi;
sure the high resolution PDF includes and reveals the bleed;
all printer marks at least 1/8" (0.125") from bleed area; and
your company name and the date for publication in file name.
a High Resolution PDF - Spot Color
you are creating a spot color job, use the same settings as above
except do not convert your spot colors to process.
colors are represented in most color pallets with an icon that looks
like a circle within a square. Export the PDF as composite and our RIP
should take care of the rest.
review the following guidelines prior to sending digital files for best
results for file transfer, set-up, and printing.
ensure your files travel safely across the Internet, please compress your files before transfer
with a file compression utility such as WinZip (Windows),
(Macintosh), or ZipIt (Macintosh).
allow for 1/8" of bleed beyond the trim size of your document or panel.
This will prevent the appearance of a white gap on the edge of your
document if the cutter doesn't line up perfectly with each piece.
critical copy must be at least 1/16 inch from the final trim edge to
avoid the possibility of being trimmed off.
Marks, we only use Crop Marks, default type, .25pt weight, offset
.125". The offset part is important, I think it defaults to something
smaller which means the crop marks are coming into the bleed, which is
technically reducing the effectiveness of the bleed. For bleed and
slug, the bleed should be .125" all the way around. Slug doesn't really
matter, but internally we prefer that it be included and that the
documents be set up with .5" slugs.
recommend using no smaller than 4 point text for solid type. If font
will be reversed from process, or built from process use fonts of size
8 points or larger for offset printing to guarantee readability. For
best results limit the use of reverse type to block, gothic and sans
serif type styles.
rules should be .25 point thickness or greater. Rules built from
process or rules reversed out of process
should be 1 point. Smaller
rules may disappear.
digital files, colors must be created and assigned in the manner in
which they will print. Four-color process items should be set to use
CMYK colors. If your project will use a spot color, designate it as
such. If you use a spot color in the layout program, the usage of the
color in an illustration program should reference the color with the
exact name. (Example: Pantone 186 CV is not the same as Pantone 186
black should be used to avoid a washed out appearance when graphics,
boxes, or backgrounds are to print black. Use the values of 100% black,
30% cyan, 30%
and 30% yellow to create rich black.
by photographs around the world for its good image quality and
compression. JPEG is expected to become the international standard for
encoding digitized photographs. JPEG's greatest difference from all
other file formats is that it uses Lossy compression. - thus you loose
some image quality. Therefore always edit the original picture before
saving it in the JPEG format. If you start with a JPEG file that needs
edits, save it as an EPS or TIF file. This way, additional information
will not get lost and the quality of the original JPEG image will be
maintained. Convert your JPEG to a PDF before sending to us.
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