+ High resolution CMYK PDF, at a minimum of 300 DPI (dots per square inch)
When providing print-ready files that have unique folds or a custom dieline, provide a separate PDF indicating the correct placement.
+ Sufficient bleed, at a minimum of .125”
Bleed refers to objects that extend beyond the edge of the printed page. Once a job has been printed, the press sheets need to be folded, bound and trimmed. For each of these finishing steps, there is a certain margin of error. Bleed makes it easier to avoid issues.
+ Packaged InDesign File
How to Package an InDesign File:
+ High resolution TIFF, PSD or JPEG, at a minimum of 300 DPI (dots per square inch)
Scaling up a lower resolution file will result in a loss of quality.
+ Vector EPS file saved from Adobe Illustrator
A vector graphic is resolution-independent, allowing it to be scaled to any size and printed on any output device at any resolution without losing its detail or clarity.
+ Convert all text to outlines to avoid potential font problems.
How to Convert Text to Outlines in an Illustrator File:
1) Prepare Your File(s) for Upload
Mac: Hold down Control, click on the folder and choose “Compress…”
PC: Right click on the folder and choose “Send to: Compressed (Zipped folder)”
2) Go to presstigeprinting.com/upload
3) Sign in or create an account
4) Drag & drop your files or folders to the upload area
Trim Line: The trim line indicates the final, finished size of the piece.
Live Area: The live area is the safe zone for any important information.
For example, if a publication’s trim size is 8.25″ × 10.25″, the live area would be 7.75″ × 9.75″. Once a job has been printed, the press sheets need to be folded, bound and trimmed. For each of these finishing steps, there is a certain margin of error. Designing within the live area makes it easier to avoid issues.
Bleed: The minimum bleed you need to provide for a printed piece is 0.125″ (1/8″).
If you are working with an image in Photoshop and you’re placing it into InDesign for print preparation, keep in mind the additional area you need to use for the bleed.
Crop Marks: Crop marks indicate the edges of the trim size. This is where the paper will be cut.
RGB: The RGB (red, green, blue) color profile is used exclusively in digital design, as it represents the same colors used in computer screens, televisions and mobile devices. It is NOT used in print.
CMYK: The CMYK color profile is also referred to as four-color process due to the fact that it utilizes four different colored inks to create an array of different hues during the printing process: cyan, magenta, yellow and black (key).
Spot/Pantone®/PMS: PMS stands for Pantone Matching System, which is a universal color matching system used primarily in printing. Unlike RGB and CMYK, PMS spot colors are created with pre-mixed ink, resulting in the most consistent color possible.
Browse the Pantone Color Finder to identify the numbered code for a specific spot ink color. This ensures an accurate color match every time and eliminates discrepancies between your digital design and the final, printed product.