Please use the following guidelines to help you prepare your file for submission to The Imaging Depot for printing. These guidelines are primarily intended for press printed and photographic reproduction processes. If you are preparing a file for a large or grand format printing, please contact a customer service representative for additional information.

Document Size

Double-check your document size. Keep your art away from the outside edges of your artwork. Make sure no important text, border or graphic falls within 1/4” margin of the trim lines; it is okay for the background colors to extend only if you are sending a job that is set up properly for bleeds. Failure to check your art carefully could result in text or graphics being cut off.

Resolution

All files should be a minimum of 300 dpi at 100% of the print size. Lower resolutions may result in a poor quality product. Files that are higher in resolution are not necessary and will result in additional handling and a longer turnaround time.

Accepted File Types

The preferred file type for press printed products is PDF. The preferred file type for photographic prints is JPEG. Files produced in programs such as Microsoft Word, Quark Xpress and Adobe In-Design should be converted to PDF prior to submission.

Color Profiles

For accurate color reproduction RGB files should be submitted in sRGB. CMYK files should be submitted in U.S Web Coated (SWOP) v2. Please notify us if you have provided documents in any color space so that we can make the necessary adjustments to provide accurate color rendering of your file

Bleed

Jobs with “bleeds” are designed with photos or backgrounds that extend all the way to the cut (trimmed) edge of the paper. Extra space must be allowed for bleeds in your artwork. A Bleed extension of 1/8” must be provided beyond the trim lines in order for your job to be printed and cut properly. (Please Note: in Photoshop the “Document Size” must include the bleeds – for example, a bleed business card document size is the final size PLUS the bleed, i.e. 3.75 x 2.25)

For Photographic Prints: To ensure images are printed to the edge of the paper, it is a standard printing practice to enlarge each image slightly and to then trim off the edges on each side. As a result, the very edges of each photo may be lost in the printing and trimming process. The amount varies, but we recommend keeping all important elements of your image at least 1⁄4 inch from the edges.

Pagination

Multi-Page documents should be submitted as single page layouts. Please do not supply reader spreads or printer spreads.

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