Preparing Your Files

Image “Bleeds” and “Safe Print” zones … “Bleed” is a printing term used to indicate the area with a background image that will be trimmed off after the file is printed and cut down to the finished size. Since the bleed area will be trimmed off during the cutting process, there should be no text or other important information in the bleed area. Projects that make use of image bleed should extend any bleeding background and/or images 1/8″ over the final paper trim edge. We also recommend all other text and graphics stay inside a “Safe Zone” printing area which stays inside the final paper trim edge by about 1/4″. This ensures a more professional appearance and eliminates any risk of type or images being accidentally “nicked” during trimming.

Is Postage Included with Mailing Services?

No, because we are not able to determine exact postage until we process a mailing list. The Mailing Services total does not include postage, only the preparation services. Once we receive a mailing list from you, we will process it under the correct classification of mailing and be able to tell you an exact postage cost.

What color mode should I use?

Use CMYK as your color mode. We can take RGB source files, however there may be a slight shift in color because we have to convert the file to CMYK.

What is Full Bleed?

Full Bleed means printing to the edge of the sheet. If you want your graphics to continue all the way to the edge of the sheet you need to inform us that you want full bleed. “Non-Bleed” means there is a white, non-printed border on all sides of the piece.

What resolution should my files be?

The industry standard is a 300dpi minimum, however our equipment can print to at least 600dpi natively. Please keep this in mind as lower resultion files will result in pixilated text and images and will not be covered by our Satisfaction Guarantee.

What types of files do you accept?

We prefer High-Resolution PDF Files with fonts converted to outlines as they will yield the best results. Please make sure you use only CMYK Colors as we emmulate spot colors and they may not look correct on the printed output.




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