File Guidelines if Providing Your Own Files

The Hard Part Made Easier By GFX

We have done everything we possibly can to simplify the online printing ordering process. We realize though that there can be individual complexities in the file setup and transferring process. That is why we deal with every order on an individual basis. It is part of the process of making sure your color printing turn out the way you imagined.

     
 

The Basics ... for Graphic Designers

    • Click here to see an example of file setup
    •Simple Calibration: At the very minimum, your monitor needs to be calibrated using Adobe Gamma (comes bundled with Photoshop).
    • Color Profile: U.S. Sheetfed Coated v2.
    • Color Space: CMYK.
    • Resolution: Minimum 300 DPI (Max. 350 DPI).  No web graphics which are typically 72dpi or 96dpi.
    • Full Bleed: 1/8" on any side that bleeds. ** DO NOT USE WHITE or BLACK as a bleed if the background is NOT white or black!
    • Rich Blacks (Solid Backgrounds Only): We recommend C30% M20% Y20% and K100%. Not recommended for text.

File Type: Please upload jpg, jpeg, tif, tiff, eps, ai and pdf images only. Maximum capacity is 50MB in size (fonts converted and layers flattened).

IMPORTANT: Files from programs such as Illustrator (eps), inDesign (eps), CorelDraw (ai), Freehand (eps), Photoshop (tif), etc. are acceptable in high resolution format, i.e. minimum 300 dpi and CMYK with fonts converted to curves or outlines. PDFs are acceptable if following the same guidelines (convert fonts, not just embed them) and DO NOT INCLUDE crop and registration marks, colour bars and anything that is only meant for your own proofing purposes.

 
     

For Best Printing Results

  1. Use a photo editing tool such as Photoshop to scan, crop, correct, etc. photographs and save each side as 300dpi (350dpi maximum) CMYK TIF files, then;
  2. Place the photograph into a drawing program such as Illustrator to add your text on top of the photograph;
  3. Always try to use a drawing program such as Illustrator for large blocks of text like the back of a postcard or contact information on the front of a business cards.
  4. Always keep in mind that vector files (Illustrator/CorelDraw/Freehand) will produce the best results since they are not resolution dependent like bitmapped files (TIFF or JPEG).
  5. Black Text in Photoshop: If your file only contains black type (no Greyscale), create the file at 1200dpi > Image > Mode > Bitmap > 50% Threshold. Text will appear sharper as a bitmapped TIFF (1-colour) than a 300dpi Greyscale TIFF. However, the reverse is not true for colour images, graphics and photographs. This is the only time that more resolution is better than less and the file size will remain quite small.

If you need a Quick Checklist, see the file specifications page or consult the manual for your program.