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225 Viscoloid Avenue
Leominster, MA 01453
USA

 

Phone: 978-534-5255

 

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Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Artwork Guidelines

Quick Links

Upload Your Design | Custom Design | Browse Design | Bleeds | Color Specifications | Image Resolution
Adobe Photoshop® | Adobe Indesign® | Adobe Illustrator® | Microsoft Word® & Microsofr Programs
Direct Upload | Digital Proofs

 

There are three methods to help you produce and submit your copy for production.

Upload | Design | Browse

Each will help you to produce high quality print production.

You must register as a customer before using the site. Please remember to login if you have already registered. If you havent registered yet please do and receive an additional 10% Web Discount on your first ordwer by using the NC2012 coupon code whenn you check out. Keep in mind that other discounts, specials, tips and tricks, and free goodies are available when you sign up for our newsletter.

 

Upload Your Design


This is the easiest way to provide your copy for print.

Use your favorite layout program to create your copy. Proofread your copy carefully, then save it as a high resolution PDF for print.

Choose the product and options that you are interested in, click "Upload Your Design," then upload your PDF file. Approve your on-screen proof, and place your order.

 

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Custom Design


Custom Design will take you to our online design studio. Before using Custom Design, upload your photos and graphics such as logos into your the "My Images" section of your private account so that they will be available to you. You will still be able to upload graphic files while designing in the Design Studio; it just makes it easier if they already exist.

You are able to save your design for later editing and completion at a later time. Your projects will be saved in your private portfolio.

You are also able to edit your project anytime...even after placing an order and then wanting to make changes for reordering.

 

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Browse Design


Browse Design allows you to choose from a pre-made template where you will be able to editit the design and add to it. Changing images, colors, font styles, positions, rotations, and sizes are just a few of the available options.

Templates are not available for all products; however, if you need one, please feel free to ask us to make one for you by either using our contact page or calling us at 978-534-5255.

Remember, we are always happy to help, please...just ask!

 

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

 


Bleeds


A 1/8" 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 of the trim line to prevent accidental cropping.
 

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Color Specifications


Print previews are not a safe and sure measuring tool for color accuracy. Colors on the file might be affected by monitor calibration, screen resolution and lighting, just to name a few. Many Pantone colors show a marked color shift when converted to CMYK four color process.
 
For one, two or three color jobs printed in Pantone spot color, make sure your colors are specified as spot color and they separate correctly. You can test this by printing separations on your laser printer.
 
To achieve the desired color on press, digital files must reflect accurate color models and percentage. Please make sure all colors are in CMYK mode for color accuracy and a better quality output.
 

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Image Resolutions

►All images and pictures should be 300 dpi.

►Rasterized text or logos should be 1200 dpi.

►Screen values should be between 133 lpi and 150 lpi.

 

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Guidelines by Application

The following outlines the specific file requirements by application. If you have any questions, please contact our graphics department at: 978-534-5255.

Adobe Photoshop

►Files should be 300 dpi at 100% of actual print size for quality offset reproduction.
►Files should be saved in PDF format (embed all fonts and set the screen value to 300 lpi.)
 

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Adobe InDesign

►It is best to submit your project by first packaging your Adobe InDesign document and zipping the files for upload. This will insure that we have all the necessary links, fonts, and associated files to reproduce your document accurately and insure the best output possible.
►Or, saved in PDF format in "High Quality Print" or "Press Quality" (embed all fonts and set the screen value to 300 lpi.) If you have special or unique fonts, please select the fonts and create outlines from the type menue in Adobe InDesign.
 
Note: It is a good practice when converting fonts to outlines, that you save your document as a new file with a unique name so that your text can be edited later from the original file. Once text is converted to outlines it becomes uneditable!
 

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Adobe Illustrator

►Saving your Adobe Illustrator file as an EPS file with all fonts converted to outlines and all colors in CMYK mode will insure proper output. If your document bleeds (where the image or graphig comes in contact with the edge) please allow for an additional 1/8" on all sides of your documents size to accommodate trimming. Text and images that do not bleed should reside within a 1/4" margin.
►Or, saved in PDF format in "High Quality Print" or "Press Quality" (embed all fonts and set the screen value to 300 lpi.) If you have special or unique fonts, please select the fonts and create outlines from the type menu in Adobe Illustrator.
 
Note: It is a good practice when converting fonts to outlines, that you save your document as a new file with a unique name so that your text can be edited later from the original file. Once text is converted to outlines it becomes uneditable!
 

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Microsoft Word & Microsoft Programs

►Save your document as a PDF document for print, (hi resolution.) If your document bleeds, (where the image or graphig comes in contact with the edge) please allow for an additional 1/8" on all sides of your documents size to accomodate trimming. To do this you will need to make a custome page size. Text and images that do not bleed should reside within a 1/4" margin. For business cards, a 1/8" margin is sufficient.
 

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Direct Upload

When submitting production files without using the Online Design features of the site. Attach a zip file to an Email or use our Print-Ready File Upload. We will contact you to discuss your project.

If this project is time sensitive and a RUSH. Please call us at 978-534-5255 so that we are better able to expedite your order.

Quick Checklist

 

►All fonts are included, or converted to outlines.
(Please be aware the typos can not be corrected if type is converted to outlines.)

►Type is legible and crisp.

►Page layout is correct.

►Margins are set.

►Artwork matches the specified dimensions.

►All linked files, images, and fonts are placed in separate folders.

►Colors are in CMYK color mode.

 

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Digital Proofs


We provide PDF files as electronic soft proofs. These digital proofs are intend to show you the layout and design elements of your job but cannot be a guaranty of color accuracy. If color accuracy is of extreme importance to you, please ask for a hard copy proof. Scan all transparencies, photos, and line art at 100% of final size.

When viewing digital proofs, please be sure to view them at 100% or Actual Size to insure that small type, graphics, and images are to your liking.

Approved proofs are final and are submitted for immediate production.

 

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