How to set up your files for the best possible printing results.

Use this checklist when preparing your art files for Printing Done Quickly. We take a variety of file types including Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, PDF and high resolution image files.

Image Resolution
In order for image files to print clearly, we recommend a resolution of 3oo dpi or higher at the final size the image will be printed. You can check your image resolution in Photoshop by clicking on Image > Image Size. This will give you a sharper image. It is not good to take a low resolution image and try to increase the DPI. If the detail is not there to begin with, changing the DPI will not help. Please make sure you are using high quality images cropped to the exact size you want them to print.

Color Mode
For printing, files must be provided in CMYK mode. If colors are provided in another color mode, they will be converted and colors may shift during the process.

If you have artwork that will be extended to the very edge of the printed page, it is best practice to add bleed to the document. A bleed is an eighth inch (0.125″) area around your document that your backgrounds extend to allow for slight shifts in cutting. With a bleed on your document, you will not see a white gap where your photo should be extending to the very edge of the page. If you have a border that extends all the way to the edge of the page, make the border at least 0.25″ thick and also add the 0.125″ bleed.

Artwork Safety Area
It is always best not to have text, logos, or other important information too close to the edge of your page. Please allow at least an eighth inch (0.125″) between text and the edge of your page to reduce the risk of information being cut off.

Fonts used in Illustrator or InDesign must be outlined before printing.

For additional information on how to prepare your files, please contact Printing Done Quickly and we will be happy to assist you.

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