What do you mean “Print-Ready”? – File Preparation
In order to ensure your files are print-ready, I recommend that you upload them in PDF format. When you generate a print-ready PDF, your computer will use the settings in Adobe Acrobat Distiller or any other PDF generating programs you may use. Please make sure that these are set properly before generating your PDF file.
If you are uploading PDF files created in Photoshop, please be sure all layers are flattened.
If you are uploading files with a custom cut line, those files must be vector format (pdf, or eps are recommended) with the cut line on its own layer.
I also accept .JPG (JPEG), .EPS and .TIF (TIFF) file types, however PDF is the preferred format.
Check your file to make sure it meets these file creation guidelines. This will help speed up the production of your project and give your printed piece the best results.
- Use the CMYK colorspace (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, blacK). These are industry standard printing colors. CMYK colors are different than RGB (Red, Green, Blue), which are used to display colors on your screen.
- Use a minimum resolution of 150 dpi at 100% size for image files.
- Specify trim area with crop marks. (Don’t place crop marks inside the work area.)
- Specify custom cut lines on their own layer within your vector based pdf or eps document.
- Artwork should have 1/8″ (0.125″) bleed extending past the trim/cut line. This is to prevent minor cutting variations from leaving unintended results at the trim edge.
- Safe Area is the 1/4″ (0.25″) area inside the trim/cut line. Do not put critical information or images within the Safe Area. This is to prevent minor cutting variations from leaving unintended results at the trim/cut edge.
- If you want printed borders, they must be placed a minimum of 1/8″ (0.125″) inside the trim/cut line and include bleed. This is to prevent minor cutting variations from leaving unintended results at the trim edge.