Tips on Document Layout
If you are submitting camera-ready artwork please follow these guidelines to prevent loss of quality in the final product:


  • The top 2 layout programs used are Indesign and Quark Xpress. We can process any file with these professional layout programs.
  • We are fully capable of processing files from Pagemaker, Freehand, and Publisher.
  • We can work with files from Photoshop, Illustrator, Corel Draw, and Word, but these will require conversion on our end and cannot be considered or charged as camera-ready.


Make sure the page size is correct. Additional area may required to allow for bleed.


Please include crop marks. These indicate where a piece requires trimming. Please offset your crop marks 1/8'' from trim edge.


Please send your layouts in single pages or printer spreads only.


If your printed piece will print to the edge of the page and will be trimmed, it will require bleed. Additional area must be added to your document to accommodate this, especially when it comes to photos that bleed off the edge.


Always convert RGB Images to CMYK. RGB images produce undesirable results when processed. All documents should be created in CMYK. Be aware that colors may not match what you see on your computer monitor. Through monitor calibration, and experience, the final colors can be predictable.


If your print piece will be printed with spot colors, make absolutely certain that all the elements of your layout that will print with spot color inks are colored using those spot colors in your layout program.


The best image format is (TIFF or TIF). TIFF images can be used in virtually any layout program, and can retain layers to be used in Photoshop. PSD, JPG and other formats will require processing by us and may not be considered camera ready files for print work. Images should be 300 dpi at full print size. Files taken from phones or off of the internet rarely work well for print work.


These are images that are not photos. The best formats for vector graphics are EPS and PDF file formats.


Spot colors do not work with transparent elements. It is best to keep all elements in a spot color layout at 100% opacity. We do have the capability to work around this but these will not be considered camera-ready.


Make sure all the fonts used in your layout, including PDF's, are included with the other files you submit.


If you have linked to files in your document, make sure all the linked files are included when submitting print work. We sometimes receive layout files by themselves and when we try to process them, the program asks us for files we don't have.


Projects submitted as only PDF layout files work exeptionally well if there are no changes needed. If there is even one element that needs to be changed to the PDF file, it can become exceedingly difficult and time-consuming.

For more pointers on the printing process, you can review commom mistakes here: 15 Printing Mistakes You Need to Avoid By Andrew Kelsall