Lisle / Napervilletips & toolsto ensure your artwork looks great on papera few of these helpful tips to save some time whi...
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  1. 1. Lisle / Napervilletips & toolsto ensure your artwork looks great on papera few of these helpful tips to save some time whilegetting the job done right. Before submitting artwork, font size, type and color supported 48PT. 48PT. applications To ensure readability, if you use knockout type, or reverse type, it should be larger than 5 pt. W reated in the size and should only knockout following native applications: one or two colors. If you are knocking out type on a 4-color image, use a minimum of 8 pt. 36 PT. 36 PT. Acrobat PDF ® ............. Mac and PC QuarkXPr ess ® ............ Mac and PC Adobe ® InDesign ® ...... Mac and PC type. If you use a serif font (with 24 PT. 24 PT. Adobe ® Photoshop ® ... Mac and PC Adobe ® Illustrator® ...... Mac and PC details on the ends of some of 18 PT. 18 PT. accept les created in the following the strokes that make up letters and symbols) use a minimum 14 PT. 14 PT. applications but they can prove to be problematic: of 5 pt. type, and only print the 12 PT. 12 PT. Microsoft Word ®....... Mac and PC type in one color. If you choose, 10 PT. 10 PT. Microsoft Excel ®....... Mac and PC add drop shadows to your 8 PT. 8 PT. Microsoft PowerPoint ® .... Mac and PC fonts before s ubmitting for print. 6 PT. 6 PT. Microsoft Publisher ®..... Mac and PC color mode outlined fonts rom RGB to Before you submit artwork for print, CMYK—this will deliver the most reliable color be sure to outline all fonts. This will and will prevent unexpected changes in color. ensure your message is crisp and If your project requires close color matching, readable; avoiding fuzzy edges. it is always a good idea to include a hardcopy Using your illustration program, proof for us to compare. convert all text "to curves" or "create While we are often able to closely reproduce a spot PMS ® ink using full color process, PMS ® CMYK viewed on a monitor stylization palette to bold, italicize, spot colors and process colors are produced add drop shadow to or put outline using di erent methods. Please refer to a Solid on your fonts. to Process Color Imaging Guide for color conversions. Rasterized Type Your choice of paper will also impact color. has fuzzy edges A smooth uncoated paper will give colors a more muted appearance, while a coated Vector Type or gloss paper will add vibrancy. Printing on has clean, crisp edges colored paper will also impact color. CMYK printed
  2. 2. making your files “print ready” Lisle / Napervilleresolution bleeds, cut line & text marginsThe resolution of an image refers to A bleed refers to the artwork that extends beyond the finished size of the item.the amount of detail in the image; To make sure your artwork prints to the edge of your piece, please allow forthe higher the resolution, the more your artwork prints to the edge of your piece, an additional 1/8” (.125”) ondetailed the image. each applicable side.To make sure your printed pieceturns out great, black and white When setting up your files with bleeds, it is good to keep a safety margin orline art should be scanned in as line text margin as well. Any essential text and design elements should beart or bitmap at 600 dpi. Photos, positioned within this margin. Please make sure the text still maintains thecolor CMYK or grayscale, should be required margin even when graphics bleed.scanned in at 300 dpi for standardspot or process printing.If your image is less than 300 or600 dpi, you should replace it witha new image instead of trying tofix it. Images that come to us at alower quality than what is recom- Live Areamended will be output as sent.To guarantee the best quality, do not Edge of Paperenlarge images beyond the originalsize in the design process. Bleed Edge Margin for a business card is .125” inside the document. For all other print- work, .25” margin is best. a word about programs Vector programs are best for type (InDesign, Quark, Adobe Illustrator) and raster programs are best for images (Adobe Photoshop). If you use a raster program to set up your document, please don’t expect your type to be crisp. 300 dpi Alphagraphics Lisle/Naperville 1997 Ohio Street • Unit B • Lisle, IL 60517 630.964.9600 • 630.964.9253 fax Not 300 dpi