DIGITAL PRINTER TIPS
A few things to remember when creating files for our digital printer
1. All files must be converted to CMYK. An RGB image can cause unforeseen
2. The CMYK images should have no ICC profiles embedded. ICC profiles can
cause conflicts when creating PDFs.
3. Images need to be sized correctly. If you want your image to print at
3”x6”, the image needs to be 3”x6” at
300 ppi. Although it may look okay on your screen, lower resolution images will
look pixilated when they print. NEVER use images from the web.
4. If your job needs to bleed off a page, your PDF file needs to bleed
as well. We cannot add bleeds to a PDF file.
5. If using Pantone colors, they must be defined as a Pantone color in
the application, otherwise they will be converted to the application (Quark,
InDesign) CMYK recipes for that color. The digital press does a better
job of Pantone matching than most applications.
6. Pantone colors and transparency CANNOT overlap. The file will not print
properly, even if you flatten the transparency on output.
7. Define all blacks as 100% K, not rich black.
8. Maximum image area on the digital press is 14” x 26”.
9. We will imposition your files. Do not turn or re-paginate your files.
Making a PDF
1. When exporting your file to a PDF, choose the PDF x1a setting with no
2. Embed all fonts.
3. Include .125” bleeds on all sides of the file.
PREFLIGHT PROFILE TIPS USING ADOBE InDesign
Below is a step-by-step procedure explaining how you can create or import
production rules (called profiles) so that you can check your file before
submitting your job for print – using Adobe InDesign. In printing,
preflighting is the process of ensuring that a document is created properly
for its intended output. For example, preflighting can ensure that a document
has all the font and graphic files it needs and that no RGB graphics are
used in a CMYK workflow.
1. Choose Window > Output > Preflight to open the Preflight panel
or open the Preflight menu at the bottom of the document window.
2. Click the New Preflight Profile icon and specify a name for the profile.
(TIP: If InDesign detects any preflighting issues as you work—for
example, if text is overset or you import an RGB graphic—the error
is reported in the lower-left corner of the document window. To continually
check your work, you can leave the Preflight panel open.)
3. In each category, specify the preflight settings. A check mark in a
box indicates that all settings are included. An empty box indicates that
no settings are included.
4. Links. Determine whether missing links and modified links are displayed
5. Color. Determine which transparency blending space is required and whether
items such as CMYK plates, color spaces and overprinting are allowed.
6. Text. The text category displays errors for items such as missing fonts
and overset text.
7. Images and Objects. Specify requirements for items such as image resolution,
transparency and stroke thickness.
8. Document. Specify requirements for page size and orientation, number
of pages, blank pages and bleed and slug setup.
9. Choose Save to preserve your changes on one profile before working on
another profile; or click OK to close the dialog box and save all your changes.