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File preperation - guidelines to send us files for printing



A quick reference on how to send us files. If you have any questions, please call and we will be happy to help you as we know file preparation may be confusing.

Jobs sent into This Creative for digital printing or offset printing should adhere to these guidelines as closely as possible. By meeting these guidelines, there is a greater opportunity to reduce the overall cost of your job by reducing the amount of time spent altering, correcting or preparing your file. Subsequently, it will move faster through our shop.

• PMS colors should not be altered and also should be appropriately specified
• Images should be 300 dpi and placed at 100 percent in the document
• If the design calls for images or color bleeds, there should be a minimum of one-eighth of an inch (0.125) on all sides that trim
• The document size should be the same as the trim size of the final piece

For Adobe PDF files:
Make sure the PDF is high resolution and includes crops and bleed. If you supply us with a low resolution PDF, the output results may not be what you desire.

For Open files:
These types of files are InDesign, Illustrator, Quark, etc. When you send this type of file to us, you will need to supply all of the elements that go with that job, including items such as fonts, images, and any artwork that has been placed or used on your pages. If you are going to upload these files to us, please compress/zip all of the files into one single archive. On a Mac you can “control click” and select the “Compress” option. On a PC, you can “right click” and select the “Compress Zipped File” option.

If you are supplying an image to be used in a job, please DO NOT place the image into a word document. Send us the original image as a jpg, tiff, psd or png file at the highest resolution possible.

printing flyer without bleed
printing flyer with bleed

A “bleed” refers to print elements (images, backgrounds, etc.) which extend beyond the trim area of a printed piece. It allows a printer to trim the document to its exact size without any danger of white space showing up along the edges of the piece. Slight shifting can occur during printing as a result of paper, printing, or trimming variance. We recommend a minimum of 1/8’’ bleed on all edges of the artwork. Remember, any artwork which extends into the bleed area will be trimmed away! You will want to make sure no text or other critical content extends into the bleed area of your document.

Do you have a Spot UV Project

When creating a Spot UV job, you must include a Spot UV template file along with the regular print file. The Spot UV template file is used to show where the UV coating needs to be applied.