Setting your file up correctly saves time and prevents errors in the printing process. Please refer to our Templates page to download the correct template for the items you’re printing.

Here are answers to other common questions about setting up files correctly:

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File Set-Up
For Printed Pieces, design in CMYK format at 300dpi.

For Signage Design, please design in a vector format (preferred) at real size, or design in Photoshop at real size (i.e. An 8′ x 8′ banner would be designed at 96″ x 96″) in CMYK at 150dpi.

Designing Full Bleed

Please make sure to add at least .125″ of bleed to any job for print (i.e. a 4″ x 6″ Postcard should be set up as 4.125″ x 6.125″ and we will print and trim the card down to 4″ x 6″.

For Chloroplast Signs (Yard Signs and Sidewalk Sign Inserts), please add .5″ of bleed (i.e. an 18″ x 24″ yard sign would be set up at 18.5″ x 24.5″

Bleed is not required on signage products.

Please do not add corner crop marks to any job.

Exporting Files for Print
In Photoshop, flatten files and save as a PDF or TIF (with LZW Compression).

In Illustrator, covert all fonts to “Outlines” and then save the file as a PDF or EPS.

Offering Envelope Set-Up
Offering Envelopes are the only item we don’t print that is full bleed. Please leave .125″ of margin on each side and design in only black. Color printing is available on Offering Envelopes for an additional charge. Please submit a Custom Quote Request.
Setting Up Multi Page Booklets for Print

Multi-page booklets are a little more complex to design. Also, if you have artwork you created from another company, it might not meet our rules.

Here are rules to follow when creating your Multi-page booklet:
• Page counts start on the cover as page 1, inside cover as page 2 and so on.
• Total bleed is .25” and total Safety is .5”. For example, an 8.5×11 booklet with bleed should be 8.75×11.25 total. This allows us to set up your crossovers properly.
• Only single pages will be accepted. NO readers OR printers spreads.
• We prefer a multipage PDF but single page files are also ok.
Our page counts for booklets start on the cover as page 1, inside cover as page 2 and so on.

Custom Bindery
If you need custom bindery, such as special folding, perforations, holes cut, scoring, etc, please submit a Custom Quote Request.

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