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  • Seperate files into smaller archives if total is greater than 500mb.
  • Seperate files into smaller archives if total is greater than 500mb.

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Electronic Imaging Instructions
1. Laser prints and/or color prints should be included with all jobs. Make any notes as to corrections that have not been made on laser proofs, clarify color, placement of images, and any other pertinent information.
2. Label all computer disks: zip, floppies, cd’s, etc., with: file names, company name, and telephone number. Please back up all files before sending disks to us. In the event disks are lost or misplaced we can not be held responsible.
3. You must include screen and printer fonts for each postscript font used. Be sure to include the fonts contained in your EPS files (Illustrator, Freehand files, etc). Truetype & OSX dfonts are not recommended but will be accepted at clients own risk.
4. When creating document pages make sure to use the correct page size. If final print job size is going to be 8.5×11, do not include bleed in page size (8.75×11.75).You must make page 8.5×11 then extend bleed 1/8 inch over edges of page. If you create your document in 2 page spreads of 8.5×11 pages, do not make them on one 17×11 page, make it two individual 8.5×11 pages, side by side. If you prepare job in spreads use reader spreads not printer spreads (do not impose job).
5. QuarkXPress or Indesign is recommended for page layout. Save your work by using the “Collect for output/Package” option, and save to removable media. This will automatically put all of the images used in one place and give detailed information about your document.
6. Convert colors in QuarkXPress or InDesign to CMYK, using the Edit Colors menu (Process Separations) for 4c process jobs. If the job contains spot colors and incorporates Illustrator or Freehand eps, first create the color in the illustration program then import the eps to Quark or Indesign and use the imported color. This will eliminate similarly named colors created in different programs.
7. Photoshop images should be flattened when possible and be in CMYK, Grayscale, Duotone or Bitmap mode. If the job will be a spot color job try and create the Photoshop Spot color first, then import the image into Quark or InDesign and use the imported color in the page layout program (this avoids multiple similarly named colors). Placing images at 100% scaling is recommended. Use 300dpi for CMYK or Grayscale & at least 800dpi for linework.
8. Jobs containing a DIE Strike (tabs, folders, etc.) must have the DIE file placed in position on top of the art with Scores, Perforations, slits, etc… as needed. The DIE file (usually made in Illustrator) must be transparent and the color of the outline must be a spot color so that it can be proofed along with the job and used to trim it down. In a layout program create the page to match the size of the open DIE including pockets, flaps, tabs, etc. .When creating glue flaps the flaps must be on the upper page art and not on the pocket.There can be no ink where ever it is glued down with the exception of 1/8 bleed where flap folds and area where it is glued down to. If the job contains Spot Varnish, Foil, Embossing, UV, etc. there should be a separate layout file exactly the same size with elements in the exact position where they must fall. If DIE contains glue flaps they must be .75 in.wide with no ink on glue area or where flap glues to. There should be one layout file for the standard Art and Die and another for varnish, foil, etc. When using drawing programs (Illustrator, etc.)
When using drawing programs (Illustrator, etc.)
1. Illustrator files should be saved as an EPS file with CMYK colors containing no spot colors unless intending to print in Spot colors. Save as binary eps and include images and fonts (program allowing). It is also a good idea to convert text to outlines to avoid font conflicts (include original without converting to outlines in case editing is needed).
2. We recommend that all graphics contained in the file be included with the job in the event that there are problems within your file.
1. Create file same as above.
2. Distill using built in “press.joboptions” setting and include 1/8” bleed.