NECR Custom Print File Guidelines

Flatten Files

You MUST flatten vector format items - fonts, transparencies and other effects - that are used in vector format softwares (Illustrator and InDesign) must be flattened and the fonts outlined. Not flattening transparencies or outlining fonts may result in some text or graphics dropping out from your artwork.

To flatten transparency and outline the fonts:

    • Select All
    • Go to Object > Flatten Transparency
    • Check “Convert All [Text/Strokes] to Outlines”
    • Uncheck "Preserve Alpha Transparency" & "Preserve Overprints and Source Color"
    • Save file as PDF 1.3

Cutline, Borders & Bleed

KEYWORDS:
Cutline: the area where you would like your image to end
Border: 0.25" border around the cutline to allow for cutting/trimming
Bleed: safety border of 0.125" beyond the cutline and borders 

REQUIRED:
Minimum border of 0.375" is required, this includes a 0.25" cutline plus a 0.125" bleed beyond the edge of your image/file
About 1/8" of edge material will be cut off the material is trimmed
All TEXT should be 0.125" inside of the image/file, before the border and/or bleed, in order to prevent any from being cut off


CMYK Color Mode

Color mode must be in CMYK to be a print ready file. If file(s) are submitted using any other color mode, such as RGB or Pantone, the file(s) will be converted to CMYK during preflighting. Conversion from one color standard to another may result in a colors shift or colors dropping out.

A hard copy proof is available in most of our products to view an accurate color representation of your artwork before going to press.

The following illustrates the visual difference between CMYK (printed) and RGB (monitor).


Resolution 

Resolution is essential for the clarity of a print. In general, the higher the resolution the sharper and more detailed an image. We require a minimum of 300DPI for proper Resolution. "DPI" stands for "Dots per Inch" or is also referred to as "PPI" or "Pixels per Inch".

NOTE: DO NOT INCREASE A 72DPI FILE TO A 300DPI FILE. THIS WILL RESULT IN POOR QUALITY AND PIXELATION.

Resolution can easily be confirmed by going to "Image Size > Resolution" in Photoshop.

 

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