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File Preparation Guidelines

  1. What File Formats do you accept?
  2. What is a PDF file?
  3. What is a "bleed"?
  4. What resolution should my image files have?
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What File Formats do you accept?
A.

Our preferred file format is a print-ready PDF.

​We also accept the following industry-standard graphic file formats: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, PDF, TIFF, EPS, and JPG.

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What is a PDF file?
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Documents in Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) preserve the exact look and content of the originals, complete with fonts and graphics, and can be printed, distributed by email, and shared and stored for others to use and view. When properly created, PDF files have proven to be an excellent method for generating quality printing.

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What is a "bleed"?
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In printing, your products are often printed on a larger sheet than the final product, then cut to size. If you have colors on your product that stretch to the edge of the document (or "bleed" off the side of the paper), it's best to let those colors stretch, or "bleed" past the edge of the product size. That ensures your colors go all the way to the edge of your document, an extended bleed area of 1/8 inch is preferred.

Helpful topics on bleeds:

Bleeds, Cut lines and Safety Margins

Borders With Bleeds

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What resolution should my image files have?
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Resolution is measured in dots per inch (DPI). The more dots per inch, the sharper your image will be. For printed products, the minimum resolution is typically 300dpi at the final print size.

​Helpful topics on bleeds:

Image Resolution