sizes: flat and finished
Many printed pieces have 2 dimension sizes. The flat size of a printed product
after trimming, but before any finishing operations that affect its final size,
such as folding. For example: An event program’s flat size could be 8.5”x11” then
fold and stapled to 8.5”x5.5”.
a proof required
Once we receive your file(s), we can print one proof for you to approve before
printing the entire project. This process verifies that we have received the
correct information for size, text, ink colours and finishing of your project.
Finishing operations could include bindery work, such as folding, trimming,
bookbinding, die-cutting or inserting.
This is the time that it takes to manufacture your order. Production time begins
after your proof approval. Most projects are completed next day from proofing.
Booklets, catalogs, multi-page calendar printing, pocket folders may have longer
Image resolution, like those made with Photoshop, should be set at 300 dpi.
Enlarging an image will lower the resolution while reducing an image will increase
the resolution. Enlarging an image in a layout program is not recommended.
Images less than 300 dpi could reproduce poorly looking fuzzy or pixilated.
Images from the Internet are not recommended as most images on the web are
72 dpi and will print fuzzy or pixilated. An unfavourable image cannot be resaved
as a different type of file. For example, you cannot place a gif file in Photoshop
and resave it as an EPS format. This does not change the print quality of the
file. If you have to use low resolution images, we will proceed only after
you have approved the quality of print.
We have a convenient online (ftp) file transfer. However, you can supply us
with a CD or USB flashdrive. Be sure to include contact information and quote
reference. Print Digital will not be responsible for any loss of data or damage
files on a monitor
RGB stands for Red, Green and Blue. These colours are used for digital cameras,
scanners, computer monitors and TV screens. Files must be converted from RGB
to CMYK when printing on a digital press. CMYK stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
and Black and are the ink colours used in the printing process. Printing with
these four colours is often referred to as full-colour or 4-colour printing.
If you are wanting the colour to go to the trimmed edge of your printed piece
one important custom printing term to know is a bleed. Bleed refers to
an extra .125” / 5mm of image that extends beyond the trim area of
your printed piece. To accommodate a bleed, we print the bleed larger than
the final trim size. Bleeds require more paper and production time.
is your file's safe area?
The safe area or inner margin in which to keep all important file elements,
and to prevent them from being trimmed off, should be at least .25” /
8mm inside the edge of the final trim size.
A customer supplied folded mock-up should be included with fold-line indicators
as part of the file to assist us in the correct panel layout, and fold
Trim marks indicate where to trim the printed sheet or the edge of the paper.
Similar to crop marks.