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Preferred File Format: An Acrobat distilled PDF is the best method to send us a file. PDF are the most popular file type in the graphic industry. PDF eliminates the need for the program that the original artwork was created in. If saved properly, they also eliminate the problems that occur with different type fonts.

How to Make a PDF: Most newer version of desktop publishing programs have the ability to export the art as a PDF or they give you the option to print to a PDF. In either case, make sure that you embedded the fonts and have converted all the images to CMYK. These are options in the PDF controls. Usually, you will have the option to export for Screen on export for Press. Just select the export for Press or Print option and this will ensure the high resolution PDF. For those programs that do not have these options you will need to save your work as a Postscript File and then use Adobe Acrobat Distiller to convert into a PDF. Once again make it sure that export option is set to Press or Print and that all the type is embedded.

Overview: Please make your files clean and simple. Supply only the files that we shall need to output your job. Always keep a backup of the files that you supply to us.

Please look into the Issues Before File Submission

  • Fonts: Supply all the fonts used in your document, including fonts used in any linked EPS files. Make a folder for the fonts you have used and put all required font files in that folder. We recommend Postscript Type 1 font and be sure to include both screen and printer font files.
  • Type Style: Do not use the “type style” provided by your layout application ( such as Bold, Italics, Outline etc). For Example, only bold your type by selecting the bold version of the font.
  • EPS Graphics: Convert all of your typesetting to paths ( or outlines ) when saving EPS graphics out of Illustrator or Free Hand. This will minimize font re-justification problems during the processing of your file.
  • Linked Image: When sending native application format files, also provide all external image files. All images must be in CMYK, grayscale or bitmap colour modes. Images must be saved in either TIFF or EPS format. Do not use JPEG. Be sure to update your links in the layout files whenever you alter any of the original images. Many programs, such as QuarkXpress and FreeHand have a feature called “Collect for Output” which can help you to gather your fonts and images for project submission.

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