File Preparation and Sending

  Our great prices and delivery times are based on getting from you ready-to-print Acrobat PDF files. Guidelines and articles on this are found on this page. If you have any questions, or need assistance do not hesitate to Contact Us -- we're here to help!

Online Design
If you use our online design system, your files are sent to us in a guaranteed-to-print format so there is nothing to worry about!
Our online tools allow you to design from scratch, or start with one of our professional templates.
Prepare Custom Files Overview
Our printing process begins with your ready-to-print Acrobat PDF file. Please review our PDF Instructions for how to properly prepare a high-quality file. Layouts for specific products are available in our Template Guides which are located with each product.
  • Ensure 0.125″ (1/8”) total bleed on all pages, and keep all important type and images within the safe margin (0.0625″ from the cut line).
  • Large format Signs or Banners do not need to have a bleed.
  • Download a template to ensure the specifications for a particular product are properly followed
  • If at all possible, try to avoid borders. If the border is too close to the cutline, the print may result in being cut off-center slightly.
  • All pages in your file should have head-to-head orientation to ensure proper backing.
  • All images must be CMYK at 300 dpi.
  • Embed or create outlines of all fonts in your document. Any black text should be 100K (C0, M0, Y0, K100)
Comprehensive guides to file preparation are listed in the right sidebar

Sending Files

Send us your file using the File Upload form below. You may also add your file to an e-mail as an attachment, but you will be limited to 2MB in size.
Click the "Add File" button to select the file from your computer, give us your information, then click the "Send" button to securely upload the file to us. We'll get right back to you with a confirmation.

Resources

PDF File Preparation
Learn complete details on best practices for preparing a PDF file for print.

Special effects
Read this document to learn about artwork needed for special effects such as spot gloss, etc

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