Do not send DCS, PICT, PSD, GIF or BMP files. These formats lack the resolution needed for quality output, and some are incompatible with our equipment.

File Size

Create your Photshop documents .25" larger than the final trim size of your document. This .25" is the "bleed" area where elements meant to print right to the edge of the page actually print beyond the edge. The actual area in the file that will be on the final printed piece is .125" in from each edge. Once this area is trimmed, the elements that bleed will appear to print right to the edge of the page.

Resolution

Create your files at a minimum of 300 dpi. Anything less will result in choppy looking images. We cannot be reposnisble for poor print quality if you do not use a suitable resolution. You cannot take a low resolution file (for instance, 72 dpi), open it in Photoshop and upsample the image to 300 dpi. The resulting image will not be improved. With the exception of stock photography purchased off the Internet, images captured off the web are not print quality. They rarely have resolutions in excess of 72 dpi.

Color Space

Please do not send RGB, LAB, Spot Color or Indexed Color files. We can only print files in grayscale or in the CMYK color space. Keep in mind that scanners, monitors and digital cameras see color using the RGB color space, while commercial printing equipment uses the CMYK color space. This will result in your colors looking slightly different on your monitor than on your printed piece. Calibrate your monitor to match previously printed pieces.

Layers

Keep a copy of your finished file saved in the native Photoshop format (PSD) with any layers intact. This will become your proof copy that you will use to make any necessary changes after submission. Once you have saved a proof copy, flatten the layers, convert the color space to CMYK and save a second file in TIFF, EPS, PDF or JPG format. This is the file that you will upload to Century Press. There is no need to upload font files with this document.

To Save in JPG Format

From the File menu, choose Save or Save As. In the Save or Save As dialog box, choose JPG format. Click on the Save button. In the JPG Options dialog box, choose maximum quality of 12, Baseline ("Standard") Format and click on the OK button. (This format is for final print files only. Do not place JPG images in page layout files.)

To Save in TIFF Format

From the File menu, choose Save or Save As. In the Save or Save As dialog box, choose TIFF format. Click on the Save button. In the TIFF Options dialog box, choose the Byte Order that corresponds to the computer system that you are using. Do not check LZW Compression. Click on the OK button. (TIFF format is acceptable for final print files and for images placed in page layout files.)

To Save in EPS Format

From the File menu, choose Save or Save As. In the Save or Save As dialog box, choose EPS format. Click on the Save button. In the EPS Options dialog box, choose a TIFF (8 bits/pixel) Preview, Binary Encoding and leave all the option boxes unchecked. Click on the OK button. (EPS format is acceptable for final print files and for images placed in page layout files.)

To Save in PDF Format

From the File menu, choose Save or Save As. In the Save or Save As dialog box, choose Photoshop PDF format. Click on the Save button. In the PDF Options dialog box, choose JPG for Encoding and a Quality of 12, Maximum. Leave all of the other option boxes unchecked. Click on the OK button.

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