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Upload Tips >

When uploading one file it is easy to send without compressing it, however if it is a large file it would help the file upload faster if it was compressed. You can do this by using Zip-it on a PC or Stuff-it on a Mac. This is also helpful if you have a folder full of files to send, you can compress the folder and then send one compressed file to make things easier.

Preparing Print Ready Files >

This PDF helps you choose the right Program for your Project.

Click here for the PDF.

Electronic Prepress Guidelines >

Our estimates are prepared using these basic assumptions about the characteristics of your electronic files. If the electronic files vary from these guidelines,additional charges may be applied to the job cost. We will advise you prior to beginning work. Click here to download the full guidelines PDF.

Important Information about RGB and CMYK >

Many graphics software programs give you the choice to work in either RGB or CMYK. These are called "color spaces". Scanners and digital Cameras create images using combinations of just three colors: Red, Green and Blue (called "RGB"). These are the primary colors of light, Which computers use to display images on your screen. Printing presses print full color pictures using a different set of colors, the primary colors of pigment: Cyan (blue), Magenta (red), Yellow and Black (called "CMYK"). This is "4-color process" or "full-color" printing that comprises the majority of magazines and marketing materials you see every day. At some stage your RGB file must be translated to CMYK in order to print it on a printing press.

Tips for RGB to CMYK >

Full color printing is generally done with only four colors; cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. CMYK is just another way to say process, or full color, printing. All elements to be printed must be separated into the four color channels. Scanned color images are RGB. At some point, they must be separated; either automatically on the scanner or manually in an image editing program.

Saddle Stitching Books >

Saddle-stitching or saddle stapling or "booklet making" is common for small booklets, calendars, pocket-size address books, and some magazines. Several sheets of paper are folded (the fold becomes the spine of the booklet) and two or more staples are placed in the fold. For do-it-yourself saddle-stitching you can purchase long, adjustable staplers to reach the fold.

When the document is too large for saddle-stitching it may be side-stitched or side stapled. The staples are placed about 1/4" or so from the edge. A cover may be glued on. Side-stitched books can't be opened flat and extra allowance is needed in the inner margin.

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