RGB (red, green, & blue) are the primary colors of light. Mixing these three colors in various combinations can produce thousands of colors of light. Computer monitors always display in RGB color mode. Printing requires ink pigment instead of light to produce color.
Offset printing uses four colors – Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black – also known as CMYK. In the same manner, mixing these four ink colors can produce thousands of colors.
PMS, also known as Pantone or Spot colors, are specific colored inks. PMS colors are not created by mixing CMYK ink pigments.
If your artwork is created using RGB or PMS colors, our system will convert the colors to a CMYK equivalent color during the proofing process. Not all RGB and PMS colors have a CMYK equivalent, which can cause significant color changes from your original file to your proof. We recommend creating your artwork in CMYK color mode to minimize the color change.
Proofing on the client end
High resolution proofing
Blue line proofing
Advanced copy proofing
– Adobe Illustrator. Convert all fonts to outlines and embed
any linked graphics.
– Adobe InDesign.
Converting your fonts to outlines is recommended if you are not using True Type
– Photographic images. Set your camera to the highest
resolution if using your own photos. Note that most JPEG images downloaded from
the web are low quality and unsuitable for printing.
– Adobe Photoshop.
Flatten your layers before submitting your files.
– This graphic file format will retain the highest possible
on each side for the bleed.
need your piece printed in color? Files that contain color text, artwork, or
images must be saved in four color “CMYK” (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black) color
mode. Files submitted in the RGB or with Pantone colors will need to be
converted to CMYK. Note that converting RGB to CMYK may cause color shifts as
they are not from the same color spectrum.
certain applications, a spot color ink can be used for Pantone matching)
contain a graphic or artistic border close to the paper edge? When trimming
paper, there is a cutting tolerance of 1/16″ which may result in uneven
borders. For this reason, we do not recommend borders. However, if they are
necessary for your piece, the border should be at least If working with standard bleed, this equals
approximately 1/4 inch total.
using vector-based software such as Adobe Illustrator or Adobe InDesign? For
vector files, all text should be converted to outlines before creating the file
(preferably PDF) for production.
Are you using a bitmap-based
(a.k.a. raster) software application such as Adobe Photoshop? For bitmap files,
simply flatten the image. Avoid font sizes smaller than 8 pts or fonts that are
very narrow as these may not print well, will lack crispness, or may not
display well against dark backgrounds.
spiral or wire-o binding, it is important to be mindful of the safety zone.
Printed sheets are punched to accommodate the binding and may interfere with
images or text. Establish a “safety zone” of at least 3/8″ from the edge of the
final binding edge. To avoid any images or text being cut off when the piece is
bound, do not place them in the safety zone
can display low resolution images well, when printed, they will look pixelated,
blurry, or jagged. For best printing results, a resolution of at least is recommended.
Files with a resolution lower than 300 dpi can be printed, but the results may
2. Convert All Text/Fonts in your design to Outlines
3. Design Your Files using the CYMK Color Palette
4. Include (0.25″) Printing Bleed to Your Overall Finished Size
5. Export Files to a format that does not compress your artwork (TIFF, EPS, PDF, PSD, AI, INDD, QXD)
Design and File Correction
number of different file types i.e. PDF’s, high res JPEG’s or TIFFs. If you are
working with Microsoft office software please convert your file to a PDF before