Graphic Design:

Are you looking for creative design solutions? 
We can help. You can do your own art files, or work with our graphic designers to create one-of-a-kind marketing materials, from business cards to flyers and booklets. Let us help put your next print project together: a simple postcard, a tri-fold brochure, or a corporate presentation. To get started Contact Us

FILE UPLOADS:
We accept the following file formats: PDF, TIF, TIFF, EPS, AI, PSD, JPG, PNG.
If you have a print ready file, upload your art file easily by using our secure upload service.

DIGITAL PROOFS: 
We provide PDF proofs via email. These digital proofs intend to show you the layout and design elements of your job, but cannot be a guarantee of color accuracy. If color accuracy is very important to you, please let us know.

Printing Templates

Artwork Setup Info:

COLORS IN CMYK MODE
All color artwork and/or images must be provided in CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) for printing. Your RGB file must be translated to CMYK in order to print it on a printing press. Please be sure you to convert all colors in your file to CMYK – incuding all graphics and images.

PRINTING BLEEDS 
If you want ink to the edges, your art needs the bleed. You should build your art with at least 1/16” added to each side for the printing bleeds. Examples:
A flyer with a final size of 8-1/2” x 11” with bleeds would need art size of 8-5/8” x 11-1/8”. 
A business cards with bleeds should be 3-5/8 x 2-1/8. Please refer to our templates to ensure proper bleed.

Bleed is a printing term that refers to printing that goes beyond the edge of the sheet after trimming.
The example below shows the difference between not having a bleed and creating a full bleed. Without the bleed, your print will have a white border around the artwork, whereas a printing bleed will have ink all the way to the edges.

Printing Bleed and Safety
SAFETY MARGIN IS INCLUDED
Safety is the area just inside the margin close to the trim line, that runs the risk of being cut due to the error tolerance of the print shift. Please keep all important text and graphics at least 1/16 inch inside the edge/trim line. Failure to do so may result in text or images being cut off in final product!

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FOLDING OPTIONS
We have a variety of folds to select from. 
Contact us if you have a folding question.

Brochure Folding Options

ART RESOLUTION:
All file formats must have a minimum of 300 dpi for high resolution print quality. Files must be ORIGINALLY created and saved this way. Web graphics set at 72 dpi and saved as pdf format are not print quality. Files provided that are low resolution will cause the final print to be pixilated and blurry. 

WORD AND OTHER FILE FORMATS
Microsoft Publisher, Powerpoint, Word and Excel: these files are in RGB format, which is not a print format. These files are not print ready. They will need to be converted to CMYK colors before printing. Other known issues are lack of printing bleeds, and blues may appear purple when printing on press equipment. Please refer to our printing templates for your layouts. If you give us a Microsoft file, a file charge and delays in your order may occur.

RGB VS CMYK COLORS
When looking at your designs on a computer screen, the display shows color using the RGB color model (Red, Green, Blue). For printing, the CMYK color model is used (Cyan Magenta, Yellow and Black).

BLUES THAT LOOK PURPLE
If your blue color is set with too much red/magenta, it might look blue on your screen, but will appear purple when printed. To avoid your blue ink from coming out too purple, the key rule of thumb is to make sure to leave at least a 30% difference in your Cyan and Magenta values. For example, if your dark blue has a cyan value of 100, make the magenta value less than 70.

RICH BLACK
For large black areas (not type), we recommend using the following rich black values: cyan 60, magenta 40, yellow 40, and black 100. Rich Black is also referred to as Dense Black or Super Black.
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ALL FONTS ARE OUTLINED OR INCLUDED
We need the same fonts that you use in your file to be able to successfully reproduce your order on press. It is not necessary to send us standard fonts, but we do need any special fonts that you have used or purchased. This usage is allowed by copyright law. If not able to provide the special font, then choose convert text to outlines in your design software.

SIGNS AND BANNERS:
For large format signs and banners, please save your art file at 150 dpi.
You should save your large format art with a bigger printing bleed: 1/8” added to each side for ink to the edges.

BOOKLETS
For booklets, we need your art file saved with each page as 1-up on its own sheet. Place all pages on one pdf file. Also, the bleed is different, we need 1/8” added to each side. For example: A booklet with a final folded size of 8-1/2” x 11” would need art size of 8-3/4” x 11-1/4”.

AVOID ERRORS IN YOUR FILES
Please proofread and test print your files before submitting them for print. Make a mock-up: do a print at 100% size, then cut-out and fold up…does copy fall on correct panels? Print color separations…do you see the correct CMYK color separations? We are not responsible for errors in supplied files.