Frequently Asked Questions
- Resolution: All file formats must have a
minimum of 300 dpi (dot per inch) resolution. The images designed for
the web have a low screen resolution of 72 dpi. Print images need to be
created at 300 dpi or there will be substantial drop in the image
quality. (Above the butterfly)
- File Formats: We accept the
following files formats – TIF, TIFF, JPG, EPS, INDD, AI, PSD, QXD and
- Trim size: Start by building your document to
the correct trim size. Remember to leave space for die-cut tabs and bleeds.
Even simple tri-fold brochures can cause problems if you don't allow for the
short panel. This is an instance where InDesign's ability to have multiple
page sizes in one document is an advantage. Also ask your printer for
- No bleed: Images should extend 1/8" (9 points) beyond trim.
It's a good habit to include bleed guides in the document set-up.
not offset: All marks (crop marks, bleed marks, registration marks, etc.)
should be offset 0.3125".
- Fonts not embedded: While most fonts can be
embedded when exporting a PDF from InDesign, you will get a warning if a
font cannot be embedded. To see if a font has restrictions, check the Find
Font dialog box (Type > Find Font).
- Images or type too close to trim:
You should allow 3/16" minimum, 1/4" margin preferred.
resolution: We flag images with fewer than 200 pixels per inch (ppi)
although we recommend image resolution should be double the line screen. So
if your job runs at 150 lines per inch (lpi), your effective image
resolution should be 300 ppi.
- Rich black not used: Large black areas
containing only black ink when they should contain CMYK. We use 60C 40M 20Y
100K unless your job prints on our digital press, then we only use 100K.
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