SETTING UP YOUR FILES
Below are the guidelines | checklists to setting up and submitting files for smooth conversion and print reproduction.
TYPICAL AND ACCEPTABLE FILE FORMATS
Adobe InDesign | Quark Xpress | Adobe Illustrator | Hi Resolution PDFs created in acceptable software’s with all link | font | image files and directory of the files submitted with the detailing as mentioned below.
PLEASE DO NOT ADD ANY EXTRA LINK | FONT | IMAGE FILES WHICH DO NOT FORM PART OF THE FINAL REPRODUCTION.
You can upload the files to our FTP link or even send the same in a DVD | CD | Safety Drives. It is advisable to compress the files either through ZIP | RAR | SIT
Although all care and technology is used in the reproduction process it is physically impossible to match the colors of a transparency in proofing and the final printed product.
It is estimated that the human eye can see BILLIONS of colors.
A computer monitor can display 16 MILLION colors.
Photographic film can capture approximately 15 THOUSAND colors.
A printing press can accurately represent about 5 THOUSAND colors.
DESIGN: ARTWORK | PHOTOS
All full-color artwork and photograph files should be saved and scanned in CMYK format. Four color images should be atleast 300 DPI and b/w | tone images should be atleast 1200 DPI.
Web downloaded artwork is low-resolution and not print friendly.
Scan all lineart images at 1200 DPI and save in hi res formats.
Images that are flash cut should have atleast 6mm bleed on all sides to avoid image cropping.
All images create in duotone, tritone, or quadtone images, will image using spot-color plates which will output in addition to your standard process ink plates.
All files should have atleast 3mm bleeds on all sides.
Lines thinner than.5 point should be avoided.
All grayscale images should be scanned at atleast 1200 DPI and should be at the size they will be reproduced.
Descreen | retouch | crop all images if required, we do not undertake any changes/alterations.
BLACK INK SOLIDS
Large areas of solid black should be of the following values to give a “rich black” tint mix especially if they cross other tints:
Cyan=30% | Magenta=30% | Yellow=10% | Black=100%
Rich black helps avoid any obvious density variations in black solids and helps produce a dense, uniform black solid, even when it will not be crossing other colors.
All other black elements such as rules, type, tables and thin illustration elements should be made up of 100% black and set to overprint.
Normally process colors don’t need to be trapped, with a few exceptions. Where the tint mixes on adjacent images have similar CMYK combination trapping isn’t necessary for example if there is 20% magenta in one tint mix and 50% magenta in an adjacent mix the variation and registration shall not vary, however when the 20% magenta tint mix has a green made of cyan and yellow trapping is a must to avoid variation and registration errors.
All PDF files submitted should be set up with trapping to ensure this.
All images, elements have to be dealt with in different ways as do files created in Quark, Adobe Illustrator, etc software’s. Please enquire and request information before submitting files.
HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGES
As mentioned earlier all four color images should be atleast 300 DPI while b/w | halftone images | line art images should be atleast 1200 DPI.
It’s always better to have a four color image at 300 DPI at reproducible size rather then having the image at 150 DPI having double the reproducible size.
Please don’t resample images from a smaller size to a large image as it looses its clarity and quality, however you can resize from a large image to a smaller reproducible size.
Image files should be as far as possible in EPS format and Tiff formats should be avoided. EPS is a vector format which can be scaled up and down while Tiff is a bitmapped format and can’t be scaled successfully. Both formats are acceptable as long as they are the right size and the right resolution and are save in CMYK format and not RGB.
Do not use JPEG | GIF | BMP as they are low resolution un-scalable formats. Embedding image files should also be avoided as it restricts flexibility and printing.
All link | font | image files should be checked before the files are submitted to ensure accuracy and smooth conversion and reproduction. Also if you can provide a list of links | fonts | images page wise it would help in smooth conversion and reproduction.
Only Postscript fonts should be used for an error free reproduction. Please compress all fonts before submitting to avoid file and font corruption. Use only printer friendly Postscript fonts and completely avoid fonts that do not support conversion and print reproduction.