What is the best file type and resolution for printing?

The resolution of images should be set to 300 dpi. Please note that pictures and graphics pulled from the internet are often low resolution (typically 72 dpi or 96 dpi). Try to avoid these, as they will appear very pixelated when printed.

The highest quality work comes from high-resolution, or “press quality” PDF files. Your print file should also have all fonts embedded into the document, or uploaded alongside your design file. Please save photos in CMYK mode, not RGB mode, images saved in RGB mode may not print correctly.

CMYK vs RGB

How should bleeds and crop marks be set up?

A design with proper bleed settings helps give your item that edge to edge, complete coverage.  For most projects, we recommend a bleed of .125”. Crop or trim marks help our team know where a cut should be made, and should also be included in the document.

What products and services do you provide?

We are a full service print shop, and offer a wide range of products and services, from printing and mailing, to packaging and fulfillment.

What is the Best File Format for for Printing?

PDF (Portable Document Format) is the most preferred file format for printing. Almost any program can generate a PDF file suitable for printing. We will be happy to help you with this process.

What are Pantone or PMS Colors?

The company is best known for its Pantone Matching System (PMS), a proprietary color space used in a variety of industries, primarily printing, though sometimes in the manufacture of colored paint, fabric, and plastics.

The idea behind the PMS is to allow designers to “color match” specific colors when a design enters production stage, regardless of the equipment used to produce the color.

A digital press uses CMYK toners, so when a Pantone color is chosen, the press finds the closest possible match using the Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black. Often times, the closest match is fine but if it’s a metallic ink or fluorescent color, the end result is noticeably different.

Is White Considered a Printing Color?

Not typically. Because white is the default color of paper, it is simply recognized as the absence of ink.

What is a proof?

In printing terms, a proof is a one-off copy of your document after all modifications and printing setup processes have been completed. It is your last, and best, opportunity to make sure that your print job comes out the way you envisioned. By carefully inspecting the proof, you can help ensure an accurate, flawless delivery of your print job the first time.

What Types of Paper Do You Offer?

We have a large collection of “house” stocks in our production area. If you have a specific style in mind, we can check our in-house inventory to see if our selection is able to match your tastes. Or, we’ll check with our paper vendors to see what they have on hand. Keep in mind that special stocks or materials may require bulk purchasing from suppliers.

Why Do Printed Colors Look Different Than The Colors On My Screen?

In short, printers and monitors produce color in different ways. Monitors use the RGB (red, green, blue) color model, which usually supports a wider spectrum of colors. Printers use the CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) color model, which can reproduce most—but not all—of the colors in the RGB color model.

Depending on the equipment used, CMYK generally matches 85–90% of the colors in the RGB model. When a color is selected from the RGB model that is out of the range of the CMYK model, the application chooses the closest matching color. Programs like Adobe Photoshop will allow you to choose which color will be replaced; others may not. We’ll provide you with a sample print right before we print your job to ensure a “what-you-see-is-what-you-get” final product.

The primary coating choices are varnishes, aqueous coatings, and UV coatings. Each coating has its advantages and disadvantages and choosing which one is right for you largely depends on what you are printing as well as what type of paper you are printing on.
Contact one of our printing experts to help you choose the best coating for your project.