We have prepared the following guide to assist you with your electronic file preparation and submission.  Improperly prepared files can cause delays in manufacturing or produce unsatisfactory results. If you have a specific problem that is not covered in this guide, or have other questions, please feel free to contact us.

What file types do you accept?
We accept files as PDF, JPEG, TIFF, GIF, PS, EPS, MS Word (DOC), MS PowerPoint (PPT, PPS), MS Excel (XLS, XLT, XLW, XLC), Adobe Illustrator (AI), Adobe Photoshop (PSD), Adobe InDesign (INDD). 

However we really like it when files are saved and submitted as High Quality PDFs with the required bleeds. :)

Images Resolution
For best results images should be saved at 300dpi or better. 

Color mode
All images or artwork should be converted to CMYK.
We provide PDF files as electronic soft proofs. These digital proofs intend to show you the layout and design elements of your project, but cannot be a guarantee of 100% colour accuracy due to differences in monitor calibrations. If colour accuracy is of extreme importance to your project, for an additional charge you may contact us and request a hard copy proof. 

Fonts
PDF - all fonts should be embedded in PDF files
EPS - all fonts should be converted to paths or curves in EPS files

Safe Area
We recommend that you leave at least 0.25” from all surrounding edges of your final printed piece for all critical elements (text, images, logos, etc.). Anything left too close to the edge may be cut off or unbalanced during trimming.

Bleed
A bleed is an extension of your background color or image going beyond the intended trim size of your piece. This ensures that the color or image continues to the edge of your piece. Please build your press-ready digital files by adding 0.125" all around dimension for all products. A 1/8" (.125) border must be added to pictures and designs bleeding to the edge, so that there is no white space or border showing around the artwork. It is also important to keep text at least a 1/4" away from the paper edge or the trim line to prevent accidental cropping.

How do I embed images into my files?
All images must be embedded in your files. To embed an image in:

Indesign
1. Open your file in indesign and display the links palette (choose Windows > links).
2. Select the file in the links palette.
3. Choose embed file in the links palette menu. The file remains in the links palette marked with the embedded-link icon

Illustrator
1. Open your file in illustrator and display the links palette (choose Windows > links).
2. Select the file in the links palette.
3. Choose embed image in the links palette menu. The file remains in the links palette marked with the embedded-link icon

 

Please feel free to Contact Us with any questions you may have.

Thank-You so much!

The Artistaprint.com Team