File Preparation & Guidelines

What file format do you accept?

At this time we only accept high resolution PDF files.

 

Quick check list

Please ensure all submitted files meet the following criteria

        • High resolution PDF (300 DPI)
        • CMYK Colour for best results
        • 1/8” bleed on all sides & text within safety margins
        • Correct file orientation
        • Submitted as a single pdf (i.e. double sided postcard is 1 pdf file with 2 pages)
        • Less than 150 MB in size
        • Black type should have the following values: C0, M0, Y0, K100.

 

Download our FILE GUIDES below to ensure a more optimal print result.

BUSINESS CARDS

FLYERS

POSTCARDS

BROCHURES

TENT CARDS

3.5 x 2
8.5 x 5.5
4 x 6
8.5 x 11/ Half fold
4 x 6.25
8.5 x 11
5 x 7
8.5 x 11/ Roll fold
8.5 x 3.5
8.5 x 11/ Z-fold
8.5 x 14/ Half fold
8.5 x 14/ Roll fold
8.5 x 14/ Z-fold

 

Maximum file size

We accept files up to 150 megabytes in size. If your file is larger please try compressing or contact us at help@paperpress.ca more more options. 

 

Proper file orientation

All files to be submitted should be HEAD TO HEAD and as one file. For example, a one sided file should consist of 1 PDF, one page, and two sided file should consist of 1 PDF, 2 pages.

More examples below

 

We print using work and turn. Below is an example of how files should be set:

What bleed is required on file submissions?

For most products, we require a 1/8” bleed on all for sides of your artwork to account for any misalignment while cutting. Please refer to the file guides by product to see requirements.

What are  Safe Margins?

Safe Margins are 1/16” away from the cut line and help ensure that important text and images will not be cut off when trimmed down to the final size.

 

Optimal colour

Rich black & Total ink coverage

To achieve a rich black, we will recommend the values C30, M20, Y20, 100k

Black Text
We will always require 100% K for black text (C0, M0, Y0, K100). Rich black should not be used for type or thin lines because it will result in fuzziness and misregistration issues.
    Red & Orange
    Red and Orange are also problematic on press because the two colours are close together in the CMYK spectrum. In order to ensure the two colours come up the correct tones, leave at least 15% differences in your Magenta and Yellow Values. (Example C0/M100/Y85/K0)
    • For print to look Red, Magenta > Yellow by 15%
    • For print to look Orange, Magenta < Yellow by 15%
    Blues and Purples has always been a problem in the printing industry because the two colours are so close together in the CMYK spectrum. In order to ensure the two colours come up the correct tones, leave at least 15% differences in your Cyan and Magenta Values. (Example C100/M85/Y0/K0)
    • For print to look blue, Cyan>Magenta by 15%
    • For print to look purple, Cyan < Magenta by 15%

     Have another question? We'd love to help! Please contact us at help@paperpress.ca and someone will get back to you asap!