How to Setup your File for Uploading:


The following guide is to assist with your electronic file preparation and submission.

Each Cornerstone product includes an InDesign and Illustrator file already setup to ensure the best print job possible. These files are located under the Templates tab on each product’s page. Print Templates can also be viewed as a PDF.




STEP 1 – CHOOSE YOUR SOFTWARE


Adobe Software: is the industry standard for professional graphic design.
Packed together as the Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop & InDesign).

Quark, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Word and Corel Draw: are also used, but not as well supported.

Choosing any other layout program than these listed may cause issues when
attempting to use for professional commercial printing.




STEP 2 – SETTING UP YOUR DOCUMENT


Document Size: Create a document the size of the finished product (final trimmed size, don’t include
bleed measurement).

Bleed Line: A “bleed” is anything that you want to print to the very edges of the finished product: a line, photo, illustration, background, etc. that will “run off the edge” of the paper. Whatever you want to bleed must be positioned PAST the document edges where you want it to bleed.

Recommended Bleed - .125 inch

We recommend that you always set up your art to follow the printing industries’ standard bleed zone of
      .125 inches (1/8 past the document edge on all 4 sides).

Margins (Safe Line): Margin is the space INSIDE of the document edges creating a “safety zone”. Keep text and important imagery within this zone to ensure it doesn’t cut off during trimming.

In addition, text and copy too close to the edges of a document do not look aesthetically pleasing from a graphic design standpoint also.

Recommended Margin -.25 inch

Industry standard is to never place anything closer than 0.125 (1/8) to the document edge
      if you want to go in further than the recommended .25-inch margins.





STEP 3 – USE OF HIGH-RESOLUTION IMAGES OR VECTOR ART

 

Image Resolution: All photos and other raster art should be at least 300 DPI to ensure they print clearly. Low quality images may appear blurry and pixelated. Images from a website are often low quality and not designed for print.

Raster Art: Art composed of pixels – typical raster types are .psd, .tif, .jpg or .gif graphics file formats.

Vector Art: Preferred art format, especially for typography and large products such as signs and banners. Created using vector illustration software programs, such as Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw. So, no matter how much you Zoom In or Zoom Out the image resolution remains unchanged. Typical vector types are .svg, .eps, .pdf or .ai
graphic file formats.




STEP 4 – OTHER CONSIDERATIONS


If all the above steps were followed carefully your artwork should be ready. Prior to uploading your art files to be printed there are just a few things to consider making sure that your design prints as intended.

Spell Check: professional design programs have a built-in spell check capability, but they are not infallible. In addition to spelling consider grammar and punctuation, and certainly your phone numbers, address and other information that the spell check program is unable to help with. It is always a good idea to have one or more additional people examine your document for errors you may have overlooked.

Double Check Images: make sure all images and special effects are high resolution.

Bleed and Margins: Confirm that bleed and margin areas are ample.

Bindery? Note the position of any bindery functions (such as folding or hole-punching) and how they will interact with the placement of your designs.




STEP 5 – MAKE A PDF


We recommended making and importing your file as a PDF because there’s many different software packages and file formats that can be used to create artwork.

A properly made PDF file will embed all the document fonts and images we need to print your document. PDF file format helps us see exactly what you have intended for the final printed piece.



SAVING ILLUSTRATOR FILE AS PDF:


✔ Choose File – Save As.

✔ Make format Adobe PDF (Save as type:), set a filename and click SAVE.

✔ From Adobe PDF Preset, select [High Quality Print].

✔ Click Crop Marks and Use Document Bleed Settings.

✔ Click Save PDF.

Remember to open PDF in Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader after saving and
     before importing to verify it saved properly.



EXPORTING INDESIGN FILE AS PDF:

 

✔ Choose Choose File – Export.

✔ Make format Adobe PDF (Print), set a filename and click SAVE.

✔ From Adobe PDF Preset, select [High Quality Print].

✔ Click Crop Marks and Use Document Bleed Settings.

✔ Click Export.

Remember to open PDF in Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader after exporting and
     before importing to verify it exported properly.



SAVING PHOTOSHOP FILE AS PDF:

 

✔ Make sure Crop Marks and Bleed are included in initial document setup.

✔ Choose File – Save As

✔ Choose Photoshop PDF, set a filename and click SAVE PDF

✔ From Adobe PDF Preset, select [High Quality Print]

✔ Click Save PDF

Remember to open PDF in Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader after saving and
     before importing to verify it saved properly.



SAVING WORD FILE AS PDF:

 

✔ Make sure Crop Marks and Bleed are included in initial document setup.

✔ Choose File – Save As.

✔ Select PDF from “Save as type” list.

✔ Click the Options button.

✔ Click Print Background color and image.s

✔ Click OK and Save.

Remember to open PDF in Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader after saving and
     before importing to verify it saved properly.



SAVING PUBLISHER FILE AS PDF:

 

✔ Choose File – Save As.

✔ Select PDF from “Save as type” list.

✔ Click the Options button.

✔ Select High Quality Printing.

✔ Choose Print Options.

✔ Select One page per sheet.

✔ Change the Paper Size (make it larger) to accommodate your bleed and crop marks.

✔ Under Printer’s Marks select crop marks, allow bleeds and bleed marks.

✔ Click OK and leave Print Options.

✔ Click OK and leave Publish Options.

✔ Save PDF file onto computer.

Remember to open PDF in Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader after saving and
     before importing to verify it saved properly.





DIGITAL PROOFS


We provide PDF files as electronic soft proofs. These digital proofs intend to show you the layout and design elements of your job but cannot be a guarantee of color accuracy. If color accuracy is of extreme importance to you, please ask for a hard copy proof.

Scan all transparencies and line art at 100% of final size unless data size is prohibitive. If such a case occurs, scan at 1/4 or 1/2 of final size.




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