File Preparation Guidelines
If your job is ready to go to press, all we need is a press-ready PDF file. When you make your PDF, select the PDFX1a standard under the export menu options, and include crop marks and a bleed if your image "bleeds" off the page (i.e. if your image goes up to the cut edge. [See icon below for Creating a Hi-res File]
If your image is meant to bleed off the printed page (that is, if you plan for the inked image to flow to the cut edge) you must include a 1/8” bleed on your art and crop marks. [See icon below for Creating Bleeds]
If you are sending the native files with fonts and links, please Zip your files to prevent them from corrupting en route to us across the internet. [To download Winzip program FREE, click here.]
If you wish that we do any design work, type changes or pre-press alterations, we will need the native file, complete with all fonts and attachments / links.
What are "best practices" for preparation of a PDF file? 1. Outline all fonts. 2. Save your PDF as PDFX1a. 3. Include crop marks. 4. Save with a bleed if your image will extend to the cut edge of the page. (For instructions on setting your document to bleed, click the "Setting Bleeds" swatch below.)