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Digital File Checklist: Before Submitting Your Files . . .

Before you submit your files for printing we suggest that you take a few minutes to review your files and to check to make sure that they meet the requirements for high quality color printing. Your project will go much smoother and you will be happier with the final results.

Below you will also find links to detailed information for most graphic design applications for both Apple Macintosh and Windows users. There are specific instructions regarding proper procedures, file submission guidelines, as well as numerous tips to help you in creating your perfect print job. You may also download and print out a copy of our Digital File Checklist to help you prepare your files for upload.

Basic File Submissions Guidelines

As a general rule you should follow these basic guidelines when submitting any files for printing. These rules are the same no matter what application you are using or what computer platform that you use. We also go into these in greater detail, simply follow the links for an in-depth explanation.

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When Submitting Files You Should Always . . .

Special Note: Macintosh users should always compress their files on a Macintosh to prevent any loss of resource fork information that would render your fonts useless. We recommend that you use the Stuffit file compression application.

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When Submitting Files You Should Never . . .

* Note: This applies only to images and not to ZIP file archives.

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Compressing Your Files for Upload

When you have collected your files and fonts you may then compress them into an archive by using software such as WinZip (Windows) or using the Create Archive (Mac OS X) function or Stuffit (Macintosh). This archive file can then be transferred via the web using our file upload procedure. You may also burn these collected files to a CD or DVD.

Special Note: To prevent any loss of resource fork data that would render your fonts useless, Macintosh users should always compress their files on a Macintosh.

Application Tips

For more information on preparing files for output and for other helpful tips on using these applications, please follow the links below.

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You may want to visit this next page before sending your files.

Collecting Your Files for Submission

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