File Submission Requirements


Before submitting your artwork to be printed, please make sure you complete the following steps. Please CONTACT US with any questions, we’d be happy to help.

1. Include all linked graphics and fonts.

Use ‘Package’ (InDesign) or ‘Collect for Output’ (Quark) to automatically collect your fonts. Otherwise, manually gather all fonts used in your layout.

2. Make sure your document is set to print only the specified colors.

Print your design as ‘separations’ on your printer. A full-color design should only output 4 plates (cyan, magenta, yellow & black). A spot-color design should only output the individual colors specified in your printing quote.

3. Create ‘Bleeds’ if necessary.

Any graphic element that prints to the edge of your piece needs to be extended at least 1/8” beyond the boundaries of the document.

4. Use high-resolution imagery.

All photos and other pixel-based imagery should be at least 300 dpi (dots per inch) when output. Imagery less than 300 dpi may reproduce with a pixelated ‘jaggy’ look.

5. Compress your files in a single .zip or .sit archive.

Uncompressed digital artwork files can be damaged during electronic transit.

Download our complete FILE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES featuring more detailed explanations about preparing files for printing.

Thank you!

The Recycled Paper Printing, Inc. Prepress Department


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