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File Types

For all file types:

Remember to send font files used in the design or where possible convert all type to outlines. This is certainly the most common delay for print jobs, where we are unable to use the artwork as supplied because we do not have the right fonts on our system.

Also, send separate image files and links used in the design unless you are certain of proper embedding (e.g. PDF). For example, if your design is in Microsoft Word, and you have placed images in the layout, send those image files along with the Word file.

Avoid using images from websites. These are almost always too low resolution to give satisfactory results when printed.

Compress files whenever possible using compression/archive software (WinZIP, WinRAR, StuffIt, built-in Windows/MacOS utilities). This not only reduces overall file size but also better preserves the file(s) when transmitted by email or otherwise.

Do not use overprinting in programs that have this feature.

 

Application

Version

Notes

Acrobat PDF

8 (CS3) or earlier Ensure file includes bleeds where necessary.

CorelDRAW

13 (X3) or earlier Set documents as 1-up only, i.e. not as “labels” (Layout> Page Setup).

Corel PhotoPaint

13 (X3) or earlier Ensure CMYK mode for best results. Watch for ‘black’ to ensure it is Cyan-0%, Magenta-0%, Yellow-0%, and Black-0%. Minimum 300 dpi resolution. Flatten all non-text objects together, where possible.

EPS file

N/A Ensure CMYK mode for best results.

Excel

2007 or earlier Please proof carefully! Excel files are notorious for pagination (page break) shifts when opened on different computers.

Fireworks PNG

MX 2004 or earlier Generally not suitable for print, especially when including text. Ensure 300 dpi resolution at desired inch size.

Freehand

11 (MXa) or earlier Use CMYK or Pantone colours only (no RGB or others).

GIF image

N/A Generally not suitable for print (resolution usually insufficient; restricted colour support). Will be converted to CMYK with unpredictable results.

Illustrator

CS3 or earlier Ensure CMYK mode for best results. Delete all stray points (Select> Object> Stray points, delete). Do not create “spot” swatches except for desired Pantone inks; all other swatches in use should be process colour.

InDesign

CS3 or earlier Perform Package to ensure all fonts and links will be included.

JPG image

N/A Will be converted to CMYK with unpredictable results. Consider TIF instead, whenever possible.

PageMaker

6.5 or earlier Will be converted to InDesign; some text layout changes may occur, so please check your proof carefully. Use CMYK colours only. Avoid using predefined RBG colours.

Photoshop

CS3 or earlier Ensure CMYK mode for best results.

PNG image

N/A Generally not suitable for print. Will be converted to CMYK with unpredictable results.

Publisher

2007 or earlier Perform Pack and Go to ensure all fonts will be embedded and all links will be included.

QuarkXPress

7 (Mac-only) or earlier Perform Collect for Output to ensure all fonts and links will be included.

TIF image

N/A Ensure CMYK mode for best results.

Word

2007 or earlier Always send any graphics (photos, clipart, etc.) separately from Word file in addition to placing them in the layout.

Acrobat PDF

8 (CS3) or earlier

Ensure file includes bleeds where necessary.

CorelDRAW

13 (X3) or earlier

Set documents as 1-up only, i.e. not as “labels” (Layout> Page Setup).

Corel PhotoPaint

13 (X3) or earlier

Ensure CMYK mode for best results. Watch for ‘black’ to ensure it is Cyan-0%, Magenta-0%, Yellow-0%, and Black-0%. Minimum 300 dpi resolution. Flatten all non-text objects together, where possible.

EPS file

Ensure CMYK mode for best results.

Fireworks PNG

MX 2004 or earlier

Generally not suitable for print, especially when including text. Ensure 300 dpi resolution at desired inch size.

Freehand

11 (MXa) or earlier

Use CMYK or Pantone colours only (no RGB or others).

GIF image

Generally not suitable for print (resolution usually insufficient; restricted colour support). Will be converted to CMYK with unpredictable results.

Illustrator

CS3 or earlier

Generally not suitable for print (resolution usually insufficient; restricted colour support). Will be converted to CMYK with unpredictable results.

InDesign

CS3 or earlier

Perform Package to ensure all fonts and links will be included.

JPG image

Will be converted to CMYK with unpredictable results. Consider TIF instead, whenever possible.

PageMaker

6.5 or earlier

Will be converted to InDesign; some text layout changes may occur, so please check your proof carefully. Use CMYK colours only. Avoid using predefined RBG colours.

Photoshop

CS3 or earlier

Ensure CMYK mode for best results.

PNG image

Generally not suitable for print. Will be converted to CMYK with unpredictable results.

Publisher

2007 or earlier

Perform Pack and Go to ensure all fonts will be embedded and all links will be included.

QuarkXPress

7 (Mac-only) or earlier

Perform Collect for Output to ensure all fonts and links will be included.

TIF image

Ensure CMYK mode for best results.

Word

2007 or earlier

Always send any graphics (photos, clipart, etc.) separately from Word file in addition to placing them in the layout.

If your software or design file type is not listed here, contact our graphics department to find out how best to submit your artwork.