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FAQ & Tips - File Preparation Tips, Preparing Artwork Files

  1. Typing a new job entailing mostly text: There are several popular programs available in the market, however for compatibility and consistency purposes, we recommend you to use Microsoft Word.
  2. Creating a new graphic design: You may use any of the popular graphic design software such as Adobe Photoshop or Corel Draw.
  3. Scan and Save: Scanning resolution is twice the output line screen. A resolution of 300 DPI (dots per inch) is ideal when scanning a color or gray scale material. Black and white artwork should be scanned not higher than 600 DPI. Text should be scanned at 400 DPI.   Be sure to scan at 100% of the final size of your documents.
  4. Color Images: The image you view in a computer monitor is in RGB (red, green, blue). Some inkjet printers also print in RGB. For sharp, clear images and pictures, always convert and save all your images in CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) mode.
  5. Oversize or Bleed: If your final print image covers the whole area of your intended finish size, then you must extend or oversize your artwork beyond the border by 2 millimeter. A bleed is the term use to describe when the print image is on the very edge of the paper, or when there is no white space left on all sides of the paper.
  6. Proofread: A good file should be proofread carefully and accurately to assure no errors, has undergone spell-check, has its intended size and layout specified, has all details and specifications clearly indicated in the job order, and these should all be done prior to submission of files to the printer.
  7. Image files: Do not imbed any image file into your layout. Any additional background that should go behind or on top of any layout should be attached as another file. However, for purposes of accuracy, a sample layout of the intended effect should be provided by the client to avoid errors.
  8. Fonts: The computer has a wide range of fonts. However, when a special font is used in a document, it will be best for the client to specify the name of the font and the size of the font used. In cases where the computer would not have the font used by the client, it becomes compulsory for him to provide the font used in the file to avoid changes in fonts.
  9. Dummy layout: Some complicated jobs are best understood if a guide, mock-up or dummy layout is prepared. This reduces the chances of error and each department involved in the production can easily understand the description of the job.
  10. Printout or hard copy: For accuracy, you can send a printout together with your files. This ensures that the final product output is what you really require from us.