your files to us
have a convenient online (ftp) file transfer. However, you can email
us or 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 of media.
Most browsers will display a status bar. File transfer times will vary depending
on the size of the file and your internet connection speed.
We accept QuarkXpress, Freehand, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe
InDesign, Microsoft Word, Publisher, Excel, and PowerPoint.
We accept TIFF, PDF, JPEG, PSD and EPS file types as well as documents from
our accepted applications.
Be sure the PDF contains bleeds, if necessary, and that it has not been down
sampled. A Portable Document Format (PDF) ensures your viewed file retains
the formatting that you intended, and that data in the file cannot easily be
changed. The PDF format is also useful if you intend to use commercial printing
methods. Optimize for high print quality and embed all fonts.
To make a file smaller, images are changed to a lower resolution when the file
is saved. 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 appear fuzzy or pixilated. An unfavorable image cannot
be resaved as a different type of file.
TIFF, EPS or JPG files with maximum quality format are usable. Any other file
type used may result in unfavourable print quality such as GIF, PING, CDX,
etc. Bitmap images (like those from Photoshop) should be saved as TIFF or EPS
files if you are going to place them in a layout program.
from the Web
Images from websites are 72 dpi and in a GIF or JPEG format. These files usually
do not provide a good image quality for printing. Resolution is decreased from
these images to allow for rapid transfer on the web.
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 process
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” / 3mm 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.
safe print 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.