Prepress File Guidelines
Your file structure matters. When you send a print job to our team of professionals, there are a few things we need in order to make sure your project is produced correctly. Here are some best-practice file prep tips:
For a pdf version, download our Prepress File Guidelines here.
If you are printing on our digital press, make sure your document is using CMYK color (not RGB) and convert all Spot colors to Process colors before creating your PDF.
If your files require printing with a “spot” color, use the Pantone Color naming convention. Please delete all unused colors in your document. (Rich Black Recipe: C:60%, M:40%, Y:40%, K:100%)
Avoid font styles (subset fonts). Use the actual font by name if you want your text bolded or italicized (i.e. “Helvetica Oblique”). No type smaller than 7 points should be used.
If you have any objects printing to the edge of the page, we require these objects to have bleed set at least 1/8-inch. If a bleed is required, set your PDF file ¼-inch larger than the final trim size. (i.e. If document is 8½” x 11”, the PDF size should be 8¾” x 11¼”).
If no bleed is required, then make your PDF its final trim size. Please do not include crop marks on your final PDF file.
Resolution – All images should be at least 300 dpi when used for printing. Images pulled from the internet are typically 72 dpi (low-resolution). Line art should be at least 1200 dpi.
• Color – All images being used in your document should be converted to CMYK.
• Ink Density – Keep the maximum ink density at 300.
• Compression – Do not apply compression to files (e.g. JPEG or LZW).
If your job prints with variable data, please set up the objects in your file exactly the way you want them to appear. (consider the position, color, font, and font size)
It is essential all the files and graphics associated with your project is received by our team. When sending files, please provide a final PDF copy of your document. This gives us a guide to refer to as we prepare your file for the press.
• Adobe InDesign: Go to File > Package…
• Quark XPress: Go to File > Collect for Output
We recommend high-resolution PDF files, more specifically a PDF/X-1a file, for the best output of your design.
Ready To Put Ink On Paper?
After you have checked to make sure your files align with our specifications, send it our way for our Prepress team to get it ready for production!
Your Account Manager will help to get your project scheduled and can answer any questions you may have along the way.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS HAVE TO SAY
Aradius Group has been an exceptional company to work with both in meeting deadlines and providing unsurpassed customer service.
Does your team proofread and clean up my art files?
Our Prepress team will look over your file to make sure it is print ready, but we rely on you to thoroughly edit your files for proper spelling, content, imagery, color and size before you send it to us.