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1. Provide a hard copy (print out) or PDF for us to look at.

2. If your job has a bleed, make sure to make the document larger so when we trim we are to the exact size needed. Your text should be at least 1/8 away from cut edge. When designing jobs for a copy machine, remember that copy machines have a 1/4 inch margin all around.

3. Give us any fonts and images you have used. If you are using Adobe Indesign or Quark, utilize the programs function to collect all linked files. When giving us files, please only include the fonts and images you have used and not extra items. Do not change the names of your images after linking them.

4. Please save imagery as CMYK colors, or if they are just gray images save them as grayscale, especially if you have multiple images in your document.

5. Make sure you don’t have lines thinner than .25 pt.

6. Check that you have used proper colors throughout the document, make sure black is 100% and not registration black, or auto colors.

7. Use applications that are good for printing: Call us if you are using another program, just because you don’t have these programs, doesn’t mean we won’t be able to help you. We run most applications on both Windows and Macintosh environments.

8. Supported formats: Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, QuarkXPress, Corel Draw, and Microsoft Publisher.

9. Microsoft Applications and WordPerfect can be problematic. We can work with these applications but there will likely be computer charges that will apply. We understand that most of campus have these applications but we will tell you why they are problematic. These types of applications use RGB colors, presses use CMYK colors, and it is not possible to convert the colors in these applications, so we have to bring them into other programs to get them to work properly, adding more time to complete the job. We also have noticed font variations in these programs, for example some basic fonts may be named differently than what we may have.

10. Make sure your images are at least 300 dpi. Do not download images from the web, most likely they are low resolution, they may look fine on your screen because your screen is the same resolution as the image. Zoom in on the image and you will be able to determine if it is a good image or not. If you are not sure give us a call and we will help you. If you have already saved your image at a lower resolution you can not change it. Programs like Photoshop will let you type in a higher resolution but it doesn’t really change.

11. Do not use Photoshop to create all of your text. Utilize the program for imagery and do your text in a desktop publishing program.

12. If you are using Photoshop and you want your job to be 2 colors, do not save the file as CMYK, please specify the 2 colors.

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Last Updated: 5/24/18