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Digital File Information
Tips for Submitting Digital Files
Common File Problems
Lone Oak Graphics
accepts both MacIntosh and Windows based applications. Following is a
list of currently accepted file types:
- Adobe Acrobat
- Adobe Illustrator
- Adobe In-Design
- Adobe PageMaker
- Adobe Photoshop
- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft Publisher
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- Microsoft Word
- Quark Xpress/Passport
We maintain full uprades
on all software and try to retain backwards compatability with all application
for Submitting Digital Files
following guidelines have been designed to help your job move through
the pre-press process quickly and to print correctly when sent electronically,
- Label your disk
clearly with the software program and version.
- Identify your file(s)
appropriately. For example, be more specific than simply naming a file
- Do not submit more
than one version of your file or use disks which may have other, unnecessary
files on them.
- If you can't provide
us with a quality PDF or Postscript file, include all fonts used (including
fonts in EPS images) and electronic images (photos, clip art, and art
generated in drawing applications). Be sure the names of the scans/art
match what is called for in your documents.
- Always include
an accurate hard copy and/or a mock-up of the final layout. If the job
is a reprint, provide a printed sample, plus previous job number, if
- For best results,
line art should be 600 dpi. Scanned images and photos should be at least
300 dpi, and for best reproduction quality, not enlarged above 120 percent.
- Your text should
be proofed for accuracy prior to sending it to us. Because output can
vary between different computers and printers, a digital proof will
be generated to verify layout and content of multi-page projects. If
you edit, correct or move text at this point, considered "authors
alterations," additional charges will be incurred.
- Call us before
sending a job if you have any questions, or let us prepare it for you,
if you are unsure of correct procedures. We will be happy to help with
all phases of your print project.
If prepared correctly, your
files will go through production as scheduled, without additional costs.
Avoid these common errors so your job will not be delayed or your files
need not be fixed:
- Brochure panels
not set-up correctly for folding (resulting in uneven or off-centered
panels after folded, or text running into folds).
- Not allowing enough
of a margin for the press gripper edge (usually on the short edge of
an 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheet of paper). The standard gripper edge margin
required is 5/16 inch.
- Booklets not set
up properly for correct output size, page breaks not inserted where
needed, or lacking blank pages when and where required for accurate
duplexing. Think in groups of four, a booklet requires 4 pages for every
signature (sheet of paper).
- Not setting up
page numbering correctly in the header or footers of the document. Typically,
these can be one of the trickiest of projects in MS Word and an intense
refresher on Microsoft's website may be in order. Think in terms of
the industry standard for page numberering: odd numbered pages on right
sided sheets (front) and even page numbers on left side of sheets (back).
- Improper graphic
file formats for logos, art and photos. If you can't provide a TIFF,
EPS or JPEG image, call us to make sure your files/artwork will be usable/printable.
The quality of your final product depends a great deal upon what your
provide to the printer.
- No RGB or Index
colors should be used. CMYK and Pantone are the only colors most printing
companies accept. Remove all unused colors in your color palette before
submitting a file electronically. For two color layouts, make sure the
same two colors are used throughout the document (it's easier for you
to select your colors before you start designing, then you can apply
those colors as you complete your design).
- Don't use hairline
rules. They may be so fine that they'll appear broken or nonexistent
when printed. Specify at least .5 point size.