Artwork Specs

All fonts need to be converted to outlines, curves, or embedded.

All artwork submitted must include 1/8" bleed and be backed up head-to-head.

Quark Files Notice

All customers designing in Quark, even if the artwork is saved as one of our recommended file types, are REQUIRED to purchase a high resolution proof. This is due to the complications while prepress imposes these files at the first stage of production. Please note that a digital proof may not catch text or artwork movement during this process. If a high resolution proof is not purchased, will not be held responsible for any issues that may arise. This includes, but is not limited to, text movement, missing images or text, shrinkage etc. Contact customer service for hard copy proof pricing and payment.

What file formats are accepted?

We accept any Mac or PC rasterized file format.

This includes:

  • flattened pdfs (*our preferred format)
  • tiffs
  • jpegs

What file resolution is recommended?

Please submit your files at 300 dpi.

What color format do you accept?

We accept CMYK color format exclusively. Please DO NOT send RGB, your file’s colors will change.

How much bleed does each document need?

Please leave 1/8 inch around your entire document. This will enlarge the document size you submit by .25 inch (1/8 on each side) and will be cut off after printing.

Other Helpful Hints:

Images and Text

Please keep all text and important images (images that do not bleed) an additional 1/4 inch inside the final cut line. This will ensure your image and text will be centered on your piece and much more pleasing to the eye.


Due to the speed of our cutters and our gang style lay-out, we advise not using borders in your artwork. Borders can make even the straightest cuts look crooked.

How do I get a rich black build?

Due to the nature of 4 color process a Rich Black Build will print better than just 100% black. Please set your CMYK build as follows:
C: 70%
M: 40%
Y: 20%
K: 100%

If you are working in Illustrator or Photoshop:

It helps if you group all your text together.

When you save as a pdf in Photoshop or Illustrator please unclick the check box marked “Preserve Illustrator Editing Capabilities.” This will shrink your file size and ensure your text and images are flattened.

Keep Blues from Turning Purple

Inevitably you have sent a file as blue and received a purple printed product. Unfortunately, this is a common problem in offset printing. Since blue and purple are very close in the CMYK spectrum, it is extremely important to monitor your Magenta build before sending a file to print.

As a rule of thumb, the Magenta build should be approximately 30% less than the Cyan build for blue and 30% higher than the Cyan build for purple.

Please do not submit files in 400% black because it will cause offsetting.