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What are Acceptable File Formats?
If you are uploading a JPG, please make sure the resolution is 150 or above (preferably 300 dpi). Please do not use images from online sources, as they are almost always unusable.
DO NOT include bleed or crop marks. Files should be at final size.If you are working in a design program, be sure to outline any text and embed any photos so that no links or fonts are missing from the uploaded file. You can also email a "Links" folder to firstname.lastname@example.org, but it is preferred if all fonts and images are embedded into the file. If this is not possible, we may have to substitute fonts or graphics.
Preparation Tips See our File Preparations Tips FAQ for details on submitting the highest quality files to eliminate extra file charges or production delays.
The preferred file types are .PDF, .EPS, .AI, .PSD, .TIF. Although these are the preferred file types, see below for a complete list.
Accepted File Format List:
+ .AI (Adobe Illustrator)+ .EPS (Encapsulated Postscript).INDD (Adobe InDesign)+ .JPG or .JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group): a lossy image format widely used to display photographic images.+ .PDF (Portable Document Format): this format is widely used among the printing industry and is the preferred file format.+ .PNG (Portable Network Graphic): lossless, for display and edition of graphic images+ .PSD (Adobe Photoshop Drawing)+ .RAW (General term for image data acquired by a digital camera)
+ .SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics)+ .TIF (Tagged Image File Format)+ .TIFF (Tagged Image File Format)
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Popular File Format Tips:
+ .AI (Adobe Illustrator): Convert all fonts to outlines and embed any linked graphics.+ .INDD (Adobe InDesign): Converting your fonts to outlines is recommended if you are not using True Type+ .JPG or .JPEG (Photographic images): Set your camera to the highest resolution if using your own photos. Note that most jpeg images downloaded from the web are low quality and
unsuitable for printing.+ .PSD (Adobe Photoshop): Flatten your layers before submitting your files.+ .TIF or .TIFF : This graphic file format will retain the highest possible image quality.
BleedDoes your artwork contain images, text or graphics that extend the the very edge of the finished piece? This is called "bleeding off the edge" or simply "bleed". Files with bleed need to be built to the final trim size plus 1/8" extra on each side for the bleed. Example, if you are ordering an 8.5" x 11" sell sheet, the graphic file's size should 8.75" x 11.25". When saving the file into the proper format (preferably PDF), do not use any crop or printer's marks. These will increase the dimensions of the file.
For more information on bleed and to see visual examples, visit our Bleed Examples page in our knowledge base. If you are still unsure, you can view our collection of pre-made, Downloadable Templates to get an idea of how to lay out your piece or insert your own design onto the template itself.
BordersDoes you piece contain a graphic or artistic border close to the paper edge? See related Bleed above and Safety Zone below. When paper is trimmed there is a cutting tolerance of 1/16" which may result in uneven borders. For this reason we do not recommend borders. However, if they are necessary in your piece, the border should be at least 1/4" thick and at least 3/8" from the bleed line. Perfect trimming is not guaranteed.
Color ModeDoes your piece contain more than black color? Files that contain color text, artwork, or images must be saved in four color "CMYK" (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black) color mode. Files submitted in the RGB or Pantone color mode will need to be converted to CMYK. Note that converting RGB to CMYK will cause a color shift as they are not the same color spectrum.
If you do not switch color modes in your design, your product may not be printed true to the digital version and certain colors may have much different hues than expected.
FontsAre you using vector-based software such as Adobe Illustrator or CorelDRAW? When working with these types of vector files (.AI, .EPS, or .PDF), all text should be converted to outlines before being uploaded to our site. Otherwise, you run the risk of a font being substituted after your file is submitted.Are you using a raster software application such as Adobe Photoshop? For these types of files, you may flatten the image or rasterize the text before uploading. Be sure to use legible, large-enough fonts, as when you rasterize, things may become a bit more blurry and pixelated.
Image ResolutionWhile your computer screen will display low resolution images well, when printed they will look rough, blurry and jagged. For best printing results, a resolution of at least 300 dpi is recommend. Files with resolution lower than 300 dpi can be printed, but the results may be unsatisfactory.
LinesDo you have lines on your piece? All lines should be at least .25 pts thick to make them printable. Thinner lines may display on your screen but be too thin to print.
Safety ZoneDoes your piece have any images, text or other elements close to the page edge? If too close, it may get cut off. Establish a no-go "safety zone" of at least 1/8" from the edge of the final trim size. To avoid any images or text being cut off when the piece is trimmed, do not place them in the safety zone.
For more information on safety zones and to see visual examples, visit our Bleed Examples page in our knowledge base. If you are still unsure, you can view our collection of pre-made, Downloadable Templates to get an idea of how to lay out your piece or insert your own design onto the template itself.
SizeDoes your artwork contain images, text or graphics that extend the the very edge of the finished piece? This is called "bleeding off the edge" or simply "bleed". Files with bleed need to be built to the final trim size plus 1/8" extra on each side for the bleed. Example, if you are ordering an 8.5" x 11" sell sheet, the graphic file's size should 8.75" x 11.25". When saving the file into the proper format (preferably PDF), do not use any crop or printer's marks. These will increase the dimensions of the file.
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How do I see the price before placing my order?Our product pages provide instant pricing. The price is displayed automatically after you've selected all your choices for the product (ink color, paper stock, size, turnaround, etc.). Price quotes for custom print jobs can be requested by clicking "Custom Quote" in the navigation menu at the top of this page.
What shipping methods can I choose?A list of shipping methods and your estimated shipping rate are displayed on each product page. Under "Estimate Shipping", simply enter your zip/postal code and click the "Get Rates" button. You'll be able to select a shipping method after adding the product to the shopping cart.
Is your website secure for credit card payments?Yes. We use PayPal or Authorize.net to process credit card payments. They are among the largest online credit card processors in the world and comply with the most stringent industry security measures. You can use American Express, Discover Card, Mastercard, or Visa without the need for a PayPal account. Alternatively, if you have a PayPal account you can use that instead.
What turnaround times do you offer?The Standard and Rush production turnaround time advertised for a product on this site is based on the typical number of days a print job is completed under normal circumstances, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. While we employ best efforts to meet your target deadline date, unforeseen delays in delivery services, breakdown of equipment, illness, inclement weather, acts of nature and other occurrences may impact our ability to meet the deadline.
When does production of my order start?Production will start when all of the following are met: all print-ready artwork is uploaded, full payment is received, and—when a proof has been requested by you—when your proof approval has been received before any indicated cutoff time.
Is it necessary for me to approve my proof?Yes. Production of your order will not start until we receive your proof approval. If you have requested a softproof, the proof approval must be received by us by via the emailed approval link we send you. If you have requested a hard copy proof, the signed and approved proof must be received by us by mail or fax. For orders and/or proofs that are approved after 8:00 AM, the production turnaround time starts the next business day.
Do turnaround times include shipping time?No. The transit time for shipping is always additional to production turnaround. Please take this into consideration when placing the order.
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When am I billed for my order?The full amount of the order is automatically charged to your credit card at the time your order is placed.