BELOW YOU WILL FIND RESOURCES AND INFORMATION TO HELP YOU SETUP YOUR FILES FOR PRINT, UNDERSTAND BLEEDS AND MORE.
Printing presses, whether conventional or digital, can’t print right to the edge of a sheet of paper. So, if we need to print up to the edge of a sheet, we must use oversized paper and then trim to size.Neither printing nor cutting is a totally exact process, so the bleed is used to allow for the small errors which may occur. It ensures that there are no slivers of white visible once the sheet has been trimmed.
That is the reason for the extra background, which we call the bleed, outside of the cut mark.
As well as being a print shop, we have a full time graphic designer. If you need your artwork set up or designed feel free to contact us and inquire about design services.
Guidelines for how to set up and submit your files so they are print ready!
It is best practice to make sure when you start designing, it is at the correct page size you want for printing.
If you want your print to be 8.5×11, start designing with a page size at 8.5×11. If you want it to be 3.5×2, change your page size so that it is 3.5×2. When you design on a random page size, scaling for your desired print size can be problematic.
Please do not upload files “imposed” onto a sheet. We will need your file to be uploaded at cut size with bleeds.
For example, if you want a 5×7 print out, do not put two on a 8.5×11 sheet, simply upload the 5×7 file. Our software will impose it to the sheet size we need printed.
All files must be setup with 1/8 bleed.
Please provide a press quality PDF. Any other files including native design files, Microsoft Word documents, jpgs or other file formats may result in printing issues.
Please make sure all images are at least 300dpi, if not your image quality will suffer when printed.
If not, your fonts may automatically convert to a different font or your job may be delayed as we will need you to resubmit your files.
Make sure you have turned overprinting off when designing your file to avoid unexpected results when printing.