File Preparation Checklist for Prepress - Elk Grove Graphics

Elk Grove Graphics

File Preparation Checklist for Prepress


This simple checklist will provide the quickest proof delivery and ensure the highest quality printing.

  • Keep file names as short as possible
  • Include all screen and printer fonts used in your layout documents and in your images or logos
  • Include all source images used in your documents
  • High quality images should be at least 300 DPI and CMYK
  • Include a hard-copy sample or PDF of the file to print
  • Create your document the same size as the final printed piece
  • Do not use the styles palette to bold or italicize a font. Instead, use the actual font family like Helvetica Bold or Helvetica Italic
  • Extend any images or backgrounds that go up to the edge of the document by 1/8″
  • Depending on how your document will be printing, verify all colors used are either spot or CMYK. Please change any RGB images or colors to CMYK
  • When supplying Hi-res PDF files, make sure to use the Press Quality default setting

Please do not hesitate to contact our prepress department with any questions or concerns, prep@elkgrovegraphics.com or 847-439-7834.

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