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Pictures and graphics pulled from the internet are often low resolution, typically 72 dpi or 96 dpi. Avoid these graphics, as they will appear pixilated and blocky when printed.
Also note that you should save all photos in CMYK mode, not RGB mode when possible. RGB images and artwork may not print properly or meet your color expectations. If you are unsure or unable to save your image in CMYK mode, please let us know.
When printing from Illustrator, we will need all fonts and images. If you do not wish to send us the fonts, please create outlines of all text.
• Select everything on the page.
• Under the Type menu, choose “Create Outlines.”
• Including images gives us greater freedom in tweaking the color output of your file if necessary.
We accept high-resolution PDF files. For printing purposes, it is necessary that all of your fonts are embedded.
Although we would prefer to work with a page layout program, we will accept Photoshop files that are set to the actual print size and at a resolution of 300 with all proper bleeds and margins.
We do not work natively in Corel Draw, but may be able to use your file if it is output as an Illustrator EPS.
• Embed all Images
• Convert all your text/copy to outline fonts
• Export as Illustrator EPS
Freehand is an older program that is no longer supported. We may be able to use your file if you are able to save a high-resolution PDF or Illustrator EPS file.
• Embed all Images
• Convert all your text/copy to paths
• Export as Illustrator EPS or PDF
Pagemaker is an older program that is no longer supported. If you send us a Pagemaker file, it will opened in InDesign, which may cause items to change or move around. We will also accept a high-resolution pdf.
MICROSOFT WORD, PUBLISHER, EXCEL, and POWERPOINT:
Word, Publisher, Excel and Powerpoint are not professional printing programs, and tweaking may be necessary to make your files print-ready. In some cases, a PDF is a better alternative to the native file. In order to create a PDF, you will need to have the full version of Adobe Acrobat PDF. If you don’t please download and use our Adobe Job Ready Program. If you do have the full version of Adobe Acrobat PDF please follow the steps below.
• Under File, Print, select Adobe PDF writer.
• Under Properties select Press Quality and Save your PDF.
Monitors use the RGB (red, green, blue) color model, which usually supports a wider spectrum of colors. Printers use the CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) color model, which can reproduce most—but not all—of the colors in the RGB color model. Depending on the equipment used, CMYK generally matches 85–90% of the colors in the RGB model.
When a color is selected from the RGB model that is out of the range of the CMYK model, the application chooses what it thinks is the closest color that will match. Programs like Adobe Photoshop will allow you to choose which color will be replaced. Others may not.
On multiple color jobs, we can produce a color proof to show how the different colors will appear.
We also offer document management. We’ll assign your documents a form number and let you know when you are running low of a particular form. If you know you have a project coming up and need to order more, you can easily reference the form number. Call us today to see if a document management program is right for you.
Complex projects may require other files, like image files or additional data files. If you are unsure of what may be required for a particular variable project, give us a call for a free consultation.
We’re not like other marketing companies. We’re a print and digital marketing agency in Burnsville, Minnesota and we’re passionate about helping other small businesses. Our team can help you by designing and printing marketing materials to your exact specifications, storing them in our warehouse and mailing them on your time.