Please check your files for image resolution, bleeds, and fonts/text. Your files must be submitted at the correct size, with bleeds. Please make sure that all text is at least 1/8th inch away from the cut line and that all images and text are at least 300 DPI for rasterized images. Your fonts should be embedded into the file if sending a PDF, otherwise make sure to 'expand' all fonts into a vector object format.
What's do you mean by 'bleed'?
Great question! Most of our prints feature edge-to-edge printing, or to say it differently, there will be no blank border around the edge of your prints (unless a blank edge is required in some instances).
To achieve this, your artwork must be slightly larger than the finished size, and we will trim off the excess of the paper to achieve the edge-to-edge printing needed for your print.
As an example, if you have a standard letter-sized flyer (8.5" wide by 11" tall), we would like to have at least a 1/8th inch increase on each edge to create a 'bleed'. The submitted file size should then be sent at 8.75" wide by 11.25" tall (the 1/8th inch bleed will be present on all four edges of the flyer).
What do you mean by '300 DPI'?
DPI stands for "dots-per-inch", and measures the density of dots (or pixels) within one square inch of space. The higher the dot count, the higher the resolution image will be produced.
Sending a file with 300 DPI will make your image have full resolution, in that anyone looking at your print will not see the pixelation of the image, respectfully the resolution will be high enough that looking at your print with the naked eye will guarantee your targeted audience will see a pristine, high quality print.
For some larger products, such as banners, posters, or anything exceeding a few feet in length, can still achieve nice prints with artwork as low as 100 DPI. This is due to the fact that a banner/poster/etc., will be viewed much further away than a hand-held flyer or brochure. The pixelation will remain on the banner, but only if your eyes sit a few inches away from the print.
Rasterized images? Low resolution?
Any image taken with a camera, or any artwork found on the web (with some rare exceptions) are in 'rasterized' format. That's a fancy way of saying that the image is built with a finite amount of pixels. If the image you intend to send us is low-resolution, ie. it looks pixelated and blurry, the print will in-turn come out pixelated and blurry. If you send a file that is relatively small compared to what you wish to print (example, a 200x200 pixel image being blown-up and printed into a 4ft. by 4ft. poster or banner), will turn out pixelated and blurry.
Your best practice is to send the highest resolution images available. We can reach you if there are any concerns related to your artwork. It's our duty to make sure your prints come out high-quality, and we're happy to help you prepare your files if necessary.
Let us know if you have any questions by contacting us at 270-827-5577