It is imperative you send us hard copies (“lasers”) of your files in the size they are to be printed. Although color is nice, black and white is sufficient. Tile if necessary and assemble into as tight a “comp” as possible.
ATTACH HARD COPIES (LASERS) OF YOUR FILES. GRAPHICS AND SCANS
If you have reduced your laser pages, please indicate the percentage of reduction on the laser print.
- If your lasers have elements that do not actually print, mark your lasers to instruct us to delete them before final proofing.
- If you have an FPO (for position only) linked to your document, please mark the image accordingly (FPO only). If we need to scan a high-resolution image for you, please indicate this on your lasers as well. If you have placed a low-resolution image and want us to re-link it to a high-resolution version you provide, please note this on your laser copies.
- If we are not provided a laser or pdf of your document for comparison, we will issue you a “pre-output” proof for approval, but note, this can cause significant delays in production.
Please include all your linked graphic files. All your graphics should be in EPS or TIFF format. (EPS is required for duotones or files with clipping paths.) Avoid PICT and Windows BMP files.
Save vector images (Illustrator, Freehand) as EPS files. Most page layout programs will not properly image a vector image in its native file format, although it may appear fine on screen.
INCLUDE EVERY LINKED GRAPHIC.
Scan all photos, whether grayscale or color, at no less than 300 dpi and at slightly larger dimensions than what will eventually be used. We use line screens of 133 lpi and higher. Avoid sending scans at 72 dpi – although suitable for viewing onscreen and for web pages, this resolution is too low for quality offset printing.
Crop scans in Photoshop to be slightly larger (both in pixel-area and in resolution) than their final size, and resize and crop using the picture window in your layout application. This leaves some “room” in case the photo later needs to be shifted in window. Avoid, however, excessive image resizing in page layout programs. Enlarging an image more than 20% of its original size will degrade the quality, while excessive reducing (less than 75% of original size) unnecessarily increases the file size and may slow down or crash the RIP.
Avoid rotating images in page layout programs. Rather, do this in Photoshop and resave the image for import.
When scanning line art (black images with no gray on a white background), scan at the highest resolution your equipment can produce (1200dpi if possible) and save in bitmap format (rather that grayscale) whenever possible.