Digital Art File Checklist

A properly prepared file will save you considerable time and money. The following checklist will help you achieve this objective by minimizing potential file outputting and press printing problems.

Application Programs
Select the appropriate industrial standard program to create your file. (See list of program files we currently support for details).

Finished Artwork
Create an output-ready file so that no extra chargeable system work will be required.

Use correct PMS colour for spot colour printing.
2. Ensure same and consistent colour names being used between the layout file and associated files. For example, PMS 032, Pantone 032 and 032 are three different colour plates in file outputting even though they all have the same number, 032, for red. Only one of these names should be used in the sharing files.
3. For 4-colour printing, convert Pantone colour or RGB scans to CMYK.
4. Delete any unused colours from page layout colour palette.
5. Add 1/8" bleeds where necessary.
6. Do not rely on the colour you proof on your monitor and the one produced on colour laser, inkjet and other digital proofing devices as they do not provide an accurate representation of what a commercial offset press can print.
1. Whenever possible, use PostScript Type fonts rather than TrueType fonts from well-established foundries for Mac files.
2. Try not to mix the use of PostScript Type fonts and TrueType fonts in the same file.
3. Ensure that there are no 4-colour black types set in Photoshop.
4. Try not to set types in Photoshop, especially for coloured types and small type size.
5. Do not use menu-styling on Type 1 fonts; use the appropriate typeface.
6. Fonts used in EPS files can be converted into outline so that they are not required for outputting. Save a copy before converting so that the font name and size will be preserved for future editing.
If you are unsure whether or not you require trapping in your file, or are unsure of how to apply proper trapping, we will be happy to make the required adjustments at a nominal cost.
Associated Images (imported or placed EPS, TIFF, PDF)
1. Make sure any TIFF picture boxes (in Quark) have a background fill other than NONE.
2. Do not use web images and JPEG (JPG) files as their resolutions are too low for quality output.
3. Resolution of photo scans should be 1.5 to 2 times the line screen to be used at 100% reproduction. For example, using 150 lpi as standard line screen for coated stock, your image needs 225 ppi to 300 ppi for quality printing.
4. Resolution of line art scans should be at least 1000 ppi for 100% reproduction.
5. Do not select JPEG encoding when saving your Photoshop file as EPS format. Otherwise, it will print as grayscale.
6. Do not select LZW Compression when saving your Photoshop file as TIFF format. This can cause PostScript errors and take longer output time.
7. Rotate and scale images in the native applications before importing or placing into page layout files.
8. RGB images will print as grayscale only.
9. When using spot colour in Photoshop (version 5 and above), save the file in EPS DCS 2.0 format.
10. Set the flatness of clipping paths in Photoshop at no less than 3.
11. Make sure all PDF files are press-option distilled and have fonts embedded.
Lines, Borders and Outlines
Do not apply hairline to drawings as they may print inconsistently or not at all. Different programs also define hairline as different weights. Use a minimum of 0.1 pt.
Items to Include with Your Final Output-Ready File:
PostScript (both screen and printer fonts) and/or TrueType fonts. Make sure to submit fonts used in vector files as well.
2. Associated files.
3. Hi-res scans for PO pictures.
4. Proofs.
Provide at least Black & White Laser print or colour Inkjet Print at 100%