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File Prep

We accept PDF files only. For instructions on how to convert your file to PDF, click here.


We recommend resolution of 300 DPI.



If your file is double-sided, ensure that your pages are flipped the way you want them to print. We print all files HEAD TO HEAD. The head is always the top of your file.



If it's a fold over card, please send artwork as shown:



All color artwork and/or images should be provided in CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black - for a full description, click here) color mode. All blacks should be 100% K rather than rich black (a mixture of CMYK to make black).

If your file has artwork or images to the edge, a file with bleed must be provided. Bleed is the portion of the product that will trim off. The purpose of bleed is to continue a color or image to the edge of the product. Due to the possibility of shifting in the trimming process, a bleed is required to ensure that a white line does not show on the edge of the piece. For example, if you're printing a business card, your card must be exported with .125" bleed OR saved .25" larger than the desired size, so the size would be 3.75x2.25. Keep in mind .125" will trim off each side, and we need a safety zone of .125" inside of the trim line. For our downloadable templates, click here.

Crop marks are not required on your piece, but are recommended.

Fonts must be embedded and/or outlined in your PDF.


File Prep: Color

CMYK is the only color mode PelPrint.com accepts. It is comprised of four inks: C=cyan, M=magenta, Y=yellow, and K=key (black), which when applied in different concentrations, produce the final desired hue. Since CMYK is a mixture of four inks, it is also often called ā€œprocess color." CMYK inks produce wonderful results, and have become a standard for high-quality, full-color printing. But although CMYK is required for printing, it isn't the only color mode you will come across, particularly in the designing stage. For example, your computer monitor, scanner, and digital camera all use RGB color mode, which is a combination of the three primary colors: Red, Green, and Blue. You may have also heard of Pantone (spot colors) or Pantone Color Matching System, which is a standardized color reproduction system.

What all this means is that you will likely have to convert your colors from RGB or Pantone to CMYK before submitting your files to print. When converting colors to CMYK in your design software, be aware that since some colors are out of gamut (or do not have the exact CMYK equivalent), your software will choose a CMYK value that is closest to the RGB or Pantone color. As a result, your CMYK color may not exactly match the color in your original design, and may need some fine-tuning. We always recommend referring to paper color charts if possible (such as the Pantone Color Matching System guide) before converting your files, as they help you achieve the best match possible. This particular chart will show you the Pantone colors, the equivalent CMYK values for those colors, and the CMYK color once converted. This way, you can get a better idea of what your color will look like once converted.

Tips: Colors will appear slightly lighter on uncoated stocks, and darker on coated stocks. In general, the colors that are the trickiest to match are blues and purples. Pay particular attention to the percentage of magenta that you use for your blues and purples.


How to save a PDF from multiple Programs


Photoshop

Windows

Choose File > Save as...
Set Format to Photoshop PDF
Set Color to Use Proof Setup: Working CMYK
Click Save

Mac

Choose File > Save as...
Set Format to Photoshop PDF
Set Color to Use Proof Setup: Working CMYK
Click Save

InDesign

Windows

Choose File > Export...
Set Type to Adobe PDF
Click Save

Mac

Choose File > Export...
Set Type to Adobe PDF
Click Save

Illustrator

Windows

Choose File > Save as...
Set Type to Adobe PDF
Click Save

Mac

Choose File > Save as...
Set Type to Adobe PDF
Click Save

QuarkXpress

Windows

Choose File > Export... > Layout as PDF...
Set Page to All
Set PDF Style to EPC Export PDF
Click Save

Mac

Choose File > Export... > Layout as PDF...
Set Page to All
Click Options
Set PDF Style to Press ā€“ High Quality
Click OK
Click Save

CorelDRAW

Windows

Choose File > Save As...
Set Type to Adobe PDF
Click Save

Word

Windows

Click the Office button
Choose Save As > Adobe PDF
Set Type as PDF Files
Click Save

Mac

Choose File > Save as...
Set Format to PDF
Click Publish

Publisher

Windows

Choose File > Publish as PDF
Set Type to PDF
Click Publish

Pages

Mac

Choose File > Export...
Click on the PDF tab
Set Image Quality to Best
Click Next
Click Export

Keynote

Mac

Choose File > Print
Choose Save as PDF
Click Save