Proper File Set-up.
The guidelines below are standard print requirements for any job with any commercial printer. If you are providing your own files, please make sure to follow these guidelines. I always do a complimentary file check before submitting your order for production, but if any of the following details are missed, I will need to send the file back to you for revisions. That way you get the best quality job with no surprises, as improperly set up files will often not print as you expect them to. If the requirements below are foreign to you, consider hiring me for design work... I am not only an artist, but a technical expert with software and file set-up as well. :>)
COLOR MODE FOR FULL-COLOR JOBS
Files for full-color jobs must be created using the CMYK color mode to ensure color accuracy prior to being uploaded. Files submitted in RGB or using Pantone colors will be converted to CMYK, which could cause an undesired color-shift in the finished product.
COLOR MODE FOR PANTONE JOBS
If your job is a 1-color or 2-color job that uses specific Pantone inks, your file must be built using the RGB color mode using ONLY the exact Pantone/spot colors you want printed.
All files, as well as images used, need to be at least 300dpi. Submitting files with a resolution lower than 300dpi will make the image look pixilated and blurry.
PAGE DIMENSIONS & BLEEDS
Your files must be built to the final trim size plus bleed if you plan on printing to the edges of the page. This means your files should be 0.25" larger than the product size that you are purchasing. (i.e. 2x3.5 business card = 2.25x3.75 graphic file... That extra 1/8" on all sides will get trimmed off in the post-production process). Setting your file with proper bleeds prevents unprinted paper from showing on the edges of your finished job.
FONTS & TEXT
If working out of vector based software such as Illustrator, InDesign, or Freehand, all text must be converted to outlines before generating the final PDF file. If working out of Photoshop, simply flatten the image. When using MS Publisher for design and layout (not recommended), it is important to ensure the photos, graphics, and fonts are embedded into the file.
The "safety" is a like a cushion between the edge of your page and critical elements like text or important graphics. Do not place any critical images or text beyond the safety zone, which is at least 1/8" from the final trim size, in order to avoid it getting cut off when the finished piece is trimmed.
TYPOS & ERRORS
Always be sure to proofread your artwork to ensure the spelling and grammar is correct. Lyndsey Barrett Design is not liable for any typos or errors on your artwork or any job ultimately approved for production by you.
If your graphic files contain a border, the border must have a minimum 1/4" (.25") from all surrounding edges. If you leave less than 1/4" (.25"), your finished product may result in unequal borders from top to bottom and from side to side. This is due to the final cutting process in which some "draw" or "slippage" might occur.