How to Prepare your Files

Preparing your files

Offset printing (aka lithography) is one of the most common printing techniques used today. It starts when your inked image is transferred from a plate to a rubber blanket, then it goes to the printing surface, which, in our case, is paper. Four plates (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black — CMYK) are used for a full color print. If you have a special color in mind (like a specific Pantone color or a spot color), that would just require one plate. The process is very technical and would require the print operator’s skills and techniques to get it right.


Artwork requirements

Make sure that your design is ready to print before you give it to us. Revising work during printing time can cost you time and money. Keep in mind the other pertinent details such as color, resolution and format.


The acceptable file formats for high resolution printing are the following industry standards:


Adobe Illustrator (*.ai, *.eps),Adobe Photoshop (*.tif, *.jpg, *.jpeg, *.psd, *.bmp), Adobe Acrobat (*.pdf), Corel Draw (*.cdr)


Programs / Softwares

Prepare your artwork in the right programs best suited for the tasks. Each type of software should only be used for what it is intended. Bad use of software can create major problems.

Drawing Programs – CorelDRAW, Adobe Illustrator (ideal for logos, packaging, posters, etc)
Image Editing / Processing Programs – Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom (for photos)
Layout Programs – Adobe InDesign, CorelDRAW (for page layout or imposition)