Bleed Area: Bleed should extend 1/8" (0.125") on top, bottom, left and right from the trim line of the finished product size. Any images that are meant to extend into the edge of the design must extend into the bleed area to prevent any white border showing.
Borders: Border should have a minimum of 1/8" (0.125") from all surrounding edges. Small borders of less than 1/8" (0.125") may result in unequal borders on all sides after trimming. A border of 1/4" (0.25") is recommended.
Color: Graphic files should be created in CMYK mode to ensure color accuracy. Files submitted in RGB or using PMS color will be converted to CMYK and could cause a slight color shift in the finished product.
File Size: Files must be built to the final trim size plus bleed. Artwork for banner does not need bleed.
Fonts/Text: All text must be converted to outlines if working out of vector based software such as Illustrator, InDesign, CorelDraw or Freehand. Flatten the image if working out of Photoshop.
Multi Page Documents (for Booklets): When submitting a booklet graphic file, page 1 of the multi-page PDF should be the outside front cover, page 2 should be the inside front cover and so forth. The last page should be the outside back cover. The multi-page PDF should also have a page count that is a multiple of four (4) and each page must be built to the final trim size plus bleed.
Orientation: The front and back sides of the graphic files should have the same orientation.
Preferred File Formats: JPG, EPS, PDF, PSD or ZIP files. Certain products require specific files format.
Resolution: Artwork for poster and banners (for prints that is larger than 24x36") requires a resolution of 100-150 dpi at 100% final print size. Graphic files for small print products (such as flyers, brochures, business cards) must have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi at 100% final print size.
Safety Zone: Any critical images or text should be at least 1/8" (0.125") away from the final trim size to avoid being cut off when the finished piece is trimmed.