File Setup For Digital Printing

Image of CMYK InkSetting up a file correctly for printing can be tricky. We’ve put together this handy guide to help you through the process.

For our digital printing environment, all documents should be submitted as .pdf files, with all fonts outlined or embedded, and all content created in a CMYK color space. All raster images (ie., .jpeg, .tiff, etc.) should be high resolution (300dpi). Digital photos are created in an RGB color space, so these should be converted during editing to ensure that the conversion is satisfactory. We work and print in the Web Coated (SWOP) Color space, which is a standard in Adobe publishing applications. For artwork that is intended to print all the way to the edge of the piece, we need a bleed of .125″ to ensure a clean cut. Bleed is additional artwork that extends past the intended dimensions of the finished piece, which is then trimmed away. If you do not have elements of your design that “leave” the edge of the piece, this is not necessary.

We hope this helps you set your files up correctly for printing, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us and speak with one of our courteous and knowledgeable designers for more assistance.

Please note that submitted files that do not meet our print standards may cause additional costs, and/or delays in production, as we will need to have one of our team adjust or alter your file.