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Artwork Guidelines
ONLINE PRINTING SERVICE is able to maintain its high-quality and competitive prices when all your artwork meets minimum requirements. Please take some time to review our guidelines below and please try to meet these guidelines to help avoid delays and added expense to your order.

ONLINE PRINTING SERVICE accepts PC and Macintosh files. Submit your files to our web page, FTP server, email, or mail us a CD or Zip
Software
When supplying your artwork to us, it is recommended that you use either of the following image formats for best results:
Please, include bleeds & crop marks.

Illustrator CS or earlier .AI (with fonts converted to outlines)
Photoshop CS or earlier .PSD (Flattened)
EPS Picture .EPS (with fonts converted to outlines)
Corel Draw 11 or earlier .CDR (with fonts converted to curves)
MS Publisher 2000 or earlier .PUB
Adobe Acrobat PDF .PDF (optimized for print)
TIF Picture .TIF (optimized for print)
JPG Picture .JPG (optimized for print)

Preparing Your Artwork
When creating your file, you should set your document size to the appropriate finished size of your printed piece. You can find the correct document size on the description of each print type.

Your document must provide bleeds if colors, images or graphic elements go to the edge of the page.

If your printed design contains graphics, images or colors that go right to the edge of the page, your design must include a bleed.
"Bleed" is a term used in printing for images or graphics that extend beyond the edge of the paper that gets trimmed off. In other words, these graphic elements "bleed off the page".
If your design includes graphics that go to the edge of the page, Reflex requires you to extend these graphic elements a minimum of 0.125" (1/8th inch) beyond the final size of your printed piece.

If your artwork requires bleeds, please add 1/8" (.125")bleeds to the size of any product. All text in your artwork must be no closer than 1/8" (.125") to the edge of the document. An easy way to ensure this is to set up your document with 1/8" (.125") margins.

Fonts
Convert fonts to outlines or curves where possible. Otherwise, be sure to include all the fonts (screen and printer fonts, or truetype) you use in the artwork.
This is crucial in allowing us to output your artwork correctly. If fonts are missing, your order may be delayed.
Images
If you scan any photographic images, you should scan them at a minimum 300dpi (dots per inch) and at the actual size you intend to print them, otherwise print quality will be poor.
Line art images should be scanned at a minimum 400dpi and at the actual size to be printed.
You can check the DPI of your image in Adobe Photoshop under the Image Size menu. It is recommended that you do not use any images straight off any web pages, as they are often low quality (72 DPI)
All scanned images should be submitted as CMYK images in EPS or TIFF file format.
If you do not have a scanner, ONLINE PRINTING SERVICE can scan your image(s) for a nominal fee.
Including Images
If you have any linked images to your layout file, be sure to include all of them with your artwork submission.
Tip: Adjusting Color
Rich black can be created when you use this ink formula:
40% Cyan
40% Magenta
20% Yellow
100% Black
File compression
Gather all output documents, fonts, graphics, and place them into three different folders.

- Assemble files, into single compressed file ZIP (for PC) or SIT (for MAC).
- Use Win ZIP or similar PC based software to bundle all your project components, including fonts and graphic images, into a single compressed ZIP file.
- On the MAC, use Stuffit to create a SIT File
Proofing Your Work
ONLINE PRINTING SERVICE pricing includes a proof for you to inspect and approve.
The proofs, sent to you via email, are Adobe Acrobat PDF files which require the free Acrobat Reader to view and print. PDF files are quickly becoming the industry standard for submitting artwork and proofs over the Internet.
Note: if a color match is required for your print job, we will send you a color calibrated digital proof for a small fee. Please inform us should this be the case.

IMPORTANT: For catalogs, posters and brochures, ONLINE PRINTING SERVICE suggests you receive a color calibrated digital proof. Due to the complexity of these products, we feel your approval of a hard proof will help ensure your satisfaction.
 
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