When designing your own files for print, it is important to understand file requirements and standards to avoid production issues. Follow these guidelines while getting started in the design process to ensure file accuracy.
Our standard Print Sizes are:
Make sure your document is set to CMYK Color Mode.
Why CMYK? Digital printers use combinations of four toner colors (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Keyline Black) to achieve print on paper. Attempting to print files that are in RGB can cause color matching issues.
RGB: Any pictures or files that are submitted in RGB color mode must be converted to CMYK prior to printing. RGB (Red, Green, Blue) is intended for screen-viewing only. There are RGB color combinations (particularly very bright colors) that cannot be reproduced using CMYK process.
Pantone Swatches: Because digital printers use a four-color process, they are not able to match Pantone colors. Please let us know if color matching is an issue and we will make every effort to match Pantone colors as close as possible.
Bleed: Files that have text, images, or colors that run off the trim edge of your final printed piece must be submitted with an extra 1/8″ (.125) border all around. This extra extension of your graphics is called a bleed. A bleed is necessary because it is impossible for a cutting blade to hit the exact same location on every page when cutting printed sheets in a stack.
No Bleed: If you do not want a bleed on your document, it should be submitted with at least a 1/8″ (.125) white border all around.