File Submission Requirements
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Before submitting your artwork to be printed, please make sure you complete the following steps:
Include all linked graphics and fonts.
Use ‘Package’ (InDesign) or ‘Collect for Output’ (Quark) to automatically collect your fonts. Otherwise, manually gather all fonts used in your layout.
Ensure your document outputs the correct colors.
Print your design as ‘separations’ on your printer. A full-color design should only output 4 plates (cyan, magenta, yellow & black). A spot-color design should only output the individual colors specified in your printing quote.
Create ‘Bleeds’ if necessary.
Any graphic element that prints to the edge of your piece needs to be extended at least 1/8” beyond the boundaries of the document.
Use high-resolution imagery.
All photos and other pixel-based imagery should be at least 300 dpi (dots per inch) when output. Imagery less than 300 dpi may reproduce with a pixelated ‘jaggy’ look.
Compress your files in a single .zip or .sit archive.
Uncompressed digital artwork files can be damaged during electronic transit.
For more information, check out these handy downloads from our Knowledge Base:
File Preparation Guidelines Fact Sheet
Best Practices for Print Designers Fact Sheet
Print Design Essentials eBook