FAQ

What is bleed?

If your image extends to the edge of the cut line, your page layout needs to extend to cover the standard 1/8 inch (3 mm) bleed on each side, but we strongly recommend you use a 1/4 inch (6 mm). This “safety area” is required to ensure that no apparent white or unprinted border is left around the edge during the cutting process. You should not place any important text or image in this area. Here is an example of a layout that was properly designed.

Size must include bleed Unless otherwise specified, when we quote a print size, it is for that specific image area so you must design your layout to make bleeds inward at least 0.125". If your image bleeds outward, please include bleed when requesting a quote.

Text-Safe Gutter

This is essentially the opposite of a bleed. Because of the slight inherent variation in where the actual cut is made, you should not put text (or anything important) within 1/4 inch (6 mm) of the desired cut line. Here is an example of a layout that was NOT properly designed.

In other words, a business card (for example) should measure 3.75 x 2.25 in. but the text should not be more than 1.75 x 3.25 in.

The card will then be cut at 3.5 x 2 in.

Borders

We do not recommend that you create a layout with borders because of the slight variation during the cutting process. The borders will come out uneven and we do not guarantee the end result.

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR FILES

Please review the following file specifications before sending in your digital files. If you are unsure about the specifications please do not hesitate to contact us prior to sending your file.<./p>

Quark Express Include all fonts & supporting images. Supporting images should be in CMYK color format. Vectorize you files and then convert your files to *PDF. Make sure to save everything at the highest quality or at a resolution of 300 dpi and to embed your fonts.

Adobe Illustrator Save file as an EPS Format, images should be embedded, and fonts should be converted to outlines. Vectorize you files and then convert your files to *PDF Make sure to save everything at the highest quality or at a resolution of 300 dpi and to embed your fonts.

Adobe Photoshop Your Photoshop files should be flattened and saved as TIFF document. Your document should be in CMYK color format. Vectorize you files and then convert your files to *PDF Make sure to save everything at the highest quality or at a resolution of 300 dpi and to embed your fonts.

*PDF Format We only accept PFD files that have been saved as a PostScript file from your native program first, then "distilled" using Acrobat Distiller using PRESS setting.

Fonts Please provide all the fonts used in your document, both printer and screen fonts. Send the whole font family (bold, italic, bold italic, etc.). PostScript fonts are ideal for quality printing. Alternatively, you can convert your fonts to outlines in Illustrator.

Scanning Scanned images should be of a professional standard and saved at an appropriate resolution of 300 dpi for continuous tone reproduction (photos and/or illustrations). Photos or scans should always be saved as CMYK in JPG format, vectorized and then transferred to a PDF file.

Spot UV For spot UV products, send a separate file for the spot UV on the FRONT and another separate file for the spot UV on the BACK. These files should be clearly identified and indicate the position by using a solid color.

Colors Please convert all your color images and graphics from RGB to CMYK prior to saving your PostScript and PDF files or sending your files. If you use spot colors or duotone images in your design please convert them to CMYK before saving.

Color Proofing Colors are printed to www.canadawebprint.ca's “pleasing color” standards. Matching your colors exactly is not guaranteed. If printing exactly your colors is critical colors a Color Key or Match Print is required. Inkjet or laser copies or other proofs are not acceptable as prepress color proofs.

If any element on your document layout makes contact with the document border you will have to use bleed. The trick is to place the element so that it goes over the border where the document will be cropped after printing.

The term bleed is used for all objects overlapping the border of your document.

Should I convert my files into CMYK?

No. Conversion from RGB to CMYK is done automatically on our workflow.

No. Conversion from RGB to CMYK is done automatically on our workflow.

We recommend that all images be saved at 300 dpi..