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1. What is bleed?

Bleed is any printing that goes beyond the edge of the printed piece. If your artwork has a background or any other objects that extend to the edge of the piece, then you must create them so that they extend at least 0.125" (1/8th inch) beyond the trim.

 

2. Should I use CMYK color mode?

Yes. All artwork should be in CMYK. If you use RGB, the color will be converted at print time to CMYK, which may cause a color shift. The colors you see on screen can be drastically different than the colors on the printed product. See below for an example.

RGB vs. CMYK visual example

3. What file formats do you accept?

PDF is the recommended file format, but we also accept EPS,JPEG, PSD & TIFF. If you use a Windows computer and your program doesn't natively support exporting or saving in one of these file formats, you can download EZpdf Creator and use it to create print-ready PDFs.

4. At what resolution should my files be?
All raster images (such as photos) or files (such as JPEGs) should be at least 200ppi (pixels per inch) at the final printed size. If your files are lower resolution than this, the print quality may not be acceptable to you. Please note that merely increasing the resolution of a low resolution file will not significantly increase the quality of the final print.
5. Can my artwork have borders?

If your artwork has borders, they should be at least 0.25" (1/4 inch) wide and bleed off the page at least 0.125" (1/8 inch) to ensure your printed product remains symetrical after trimming. If the borders are smaller than 0.25", you run the risk of having them come out uneven.

6. What does 4/4, 4/1, 2/1, 1/0, etc. mean?

4/4 — full color on both sides of the sheet
4/1 — full color on the front, black & white on the back
4/0 — full color on the front, blank on the back
2/2 — two spot colors on both sides of the sheet
2/1 — two spot colors on the front, black & white on the back
2/0 — two spot colors on the front, blank on the back
1/1 — black & white on both sides of the sheet
1/0 — black & white on the front, blank on the back