File Setup Tips

In this section you will find updated information to assist in the sending of files you have created for your jobs.

Adobe Illustrator – Up to CS4 Mac/PC

Adobe Illustrator files are acceptable from any version up to V10.0 as long as all fonts have been converted to curves or outlines. Your file can be PC or MAC. Please save as EPS and click TIF preview from the EPS dialog box. Remember to use CMYK colors. One-color jobs are to be black and two-color jobs are to be black and magenta. Black = 0,0,0,100; Magenta = 0,100,0,0 for CMYK colors. This is important for correct color separations.

QuarkXpress – Up to Version 8.0 Mac/PC

QuarkXpress files are preferred above all else as they are what we use in-house to typeset cards in. Version 3.1 up to Version 5.0 are acceptable. Fonts are allowed for an additional charge. If you are PC based, save your file with a .QXD suffix so that it will be recognized by the MAC. Any logos or graphics you use must be sent along with the Quark file. Remember to use CMYK colors. One-color jobs are to be black and two-color jobs are to be black and magenta. Black = 0,0,0,100; Magenta = 0,100,0,0 for CMYK colors. This is important for correct color separations.

PageMaker – Version 6.5 or 7 Mac/PC

PageMaker files can be used up to version 7.0 MAC or PC based. Fonts are allowed for an additional charge. If you are PC based, save your file with a .pm6, .p65 or .pmd suffix so that it will be recognized by the MAC (depending on which version you are working in). Any logos or graphics must be sent along with the PageMaker file. Remember to use CMYK colors. One-color jobs are to be black and two-color jobs are to be black and magenta. Black = 0,0,0,100; Magenta = 0,100,0,0 for CMYK colors. This is important for correct color separations. Exporting to a PDF directly from PageMaker does work with very good results.

Photoshop – Up to CS4 Mac/PC

Photoshop files can be acceptable as long as you follow some guidelines: (1.) The best resolution is 1200 dpi, and the file should be a BITMAP TIF file. (Not Gray scale as the resulting file size will not travel via email) 2.) Each color needs to be its own TIF file. (3.) As long as you include crop marks, we’ll be able to put these pieces back together for you. TIFs can be made out of any version of Photoshop. Please call if you need further assistance with this.

PDF files – All Versions Mac/PC

PDF files are perfectly fine as long as you follow some guidelines: (1.) Fonts must be embedded. This is a dialog box item that must be checked off or font substitution will occur. (2.) Any artwork you place into the PDF file must be in the proper color (black or magenta) for the file to separate properly. A safe way if you are not sure of this is to create the PDF without the art in place and send it separately. We are unable to open a PDF file for editing, but we can place it into Quark to print it.

Freehand – EPS Export (ONLY)

Freehand files are acceptable only as EPS files. Export your Freehand document to EPS from the File>Export menu. Fonts do need to be either converted to curves or outlines or included. Remember to use CMYK colors. One-color jobs are to be black and two-color jobs are to be black and magenta. Black = 0,0,0,100 ; Magenta = 0,100,0,0 for CMYK colors. This is important for correct color separations.

CorelDraw – EPS Export (ONLY) – Convert fonts to curves

CorelDraw are acceptable files if they are set-up properly. For a file to work from CorelDraw it must conform to some particular parameters. (1.) Save as version 8.0 and lower. (2.) ALL PC fonts must be converted to curves/outlines before the file is saved. Do a select all – Control+A and then convert to curves (this is found under the Arrange menu). (3.) Any scanned items need to be provided separately and we will place them back in according to your hard-copy (4.) Send us the resulting  CDR file and the placed graphics. Remember you must use CMYK colors. One-color jobs are to be black and two-color jobs are to be black and magenta. Black = 0,0,0,100; Magenta = 0,100,0,0 for CMYK colors. This is important for correct color separations.

Fonts

We are MAC based and cannot as a rule accept PC fonts. If you are using PC fonts in Illustrator or Corel Draw, please convert to curves or outlines. MAC fonts are acceptable in either TrueType or Postscript. We can convert your PC fonts into MAC, but the results may be unpredictable. Creating a PDF or Postscript file alleviates this problem and saves you a font handling charge. Please call if you need clarification.

Postscript or .PS files

Postscript or .PS files are another way for you to send us files that are in programs that we don’t support directly. You will need a postscript driver that you can print to a file. We are currently working on a Postscript driver solution that you will be able to load and generate the proper file to send us. If you currently have a Laser printer, you most likely have a suitable driver loaded. A generic way to send us this kind of file is to print your file, but select options and “print to file” your choices should include a postscript level 1 or 2 file. The only other change you need to make is that the “embed all fonts” button must be checked. Remember to use CMYK colors. One-color jobs are to be black and two-color jobs are to be black and magenta. Black = 0,0,0,100 and Magenta = 0,100,0,0 for CMYK colors. This is important for correct color separations.

Color Separations

Colors need to be specified in your file as either Black for one-color jobs or Black and Magenta for two-color jobs. See the expample below:

color separations