you lose sleep at night trying to figure out how to
submit your artwork to us then your sleepless nights
are over! We have put together a complete list of every
question we've ever answered on how to submit art and
what specifications we require.
We try to explain everything in
Plain English so it's easy for everyone to follow. If
you're still having problems understanding how to submit
art then give us a call. We'll be happy to help you
Grab a pen and paper and take some
notes as you follow along. There will be a quiz at the
Q: What file types do you guys
A: The files we accept are .JPG,
Flattened .PSD, and .TIF. All files must be flattened
so it is just pixel data with no fonts attached. We
cannot accept; Illustrator Files, Quark Files,
Firework Files, Flash Files, Powerpoint, Publisher,
or MSPaint Files (believe me, we've seen our share
of MSPaint files).
*an additional conversion fee will be charged if we have to convert your art and email proofs.
Q: Why can't you accept the above
mentioned file types?
A: We choose not to accept them
because there is too much room for error. We do not
have all the fonts installed onto our machines and sometimes
they get lost in the transfer. Generally all design
software will let you save-as or export as one of the
required file types. Once the images are in the required
file types they are "finalized" and everything
is embedded so it alleviates any possibility for errors.
Also, some of the file types are not high enough resolution
in those formats.
Q: Why are the colors different
on my screen than on the printed flyers?
A: Because your monitor is broken.
No, seriously it's because you're probably designing
the job in RGB (Red Green and Blue) color
mode which is the industry default for most graphic
applications. We are a four color printer so
when you submit a file as an RGB we have to convert
it to CMYK (Cyan Magenta Yellow and Black) color mode. The Reds, Greens, and Blues will lose
value after the conversion and it won't look the same.
We require all of our files to be submitted as CMYK.
If not, we will convert them for you and there will
be some color deviation. To get the closest match of
how your job is going to look when printed design it
in CMYK color mode.
Q: What resolution do you guys
A: We are a high resolution printer
so we require all submitted files to be 300dpi (Dots Per Inch). If you design a job at 72dpi or lower
we cannot use the file. Our prepress will resize it
to 300dpi therefore "stretching" the image
out. See the example below where one image was created
at 300dpi, the other was created at 72dpi and
then stretched out to 300dpi.
Q: What's a bleed?
A: A bleed is a graphic
that extends to the edge of a sheet or page after trimming.
You can have images that "bleed" off the edge
of the design. Any graphic that extends past the original
canvas size is considered a bleed. It will be trimmed
to the size of the job so the graphics that extend will
be trimmed. You do not want to have text bleeding off
the edges because they will get cut and you will lose
important information in the process.
Q: What's all this
talk about a Safe Area for my Text?
A: After we print your
job we have to cut it out from the print sheet. Our
cutters are very precise but generally we need to cut
1/16" to 1/8" into your job so there is no
white border. If you have text that goes all the way
to the edge then you will lose portions of that text
that hug the edge. It is important to keep all your
text at least 1/8" in from the edge of the design.
If you want a precise border size then adjust the border
so it is 1/8" bigger to help compensate for the
Q: What's the best
file type to submit?
A: The best file type
to submit would be a flattened .TIF file since
it's not compressed. However, this usually leads to
a very large file size. A compressed .JPG will
work just as well as an uncompressed .TIF and
will drop the file size down tremendously. The file
size issue comes into play when you're uploading your
art to our server. If you save it as a .TIF and
using a dial up modem, grab yourself a copy of "Gone
with the Wind" or take a short vacation because
it's going to take a while to upload.
Q: What size do
you want my design? Do you need me to add any bleed?
A: What ever size job
you order is the exact size we need the art submitted.
If you order a 4" x 6" postcard then the art
you submit will be exactly 4" x 6". Keep in
mind the "safe area" for the text. If you
submit art that is larger than the 4" x 6"
dimensions then we usually will shrink/enlarge to fit
into the allocated space. There is one exception to
this rule and it applies to business cards because
of the size of them.
Q: What size does
the art for a business card have to be?
A: Due to the small
size of a final business card we require that the design
be submitted at 3.625" x 2.125". In
order for us to cut the card precisely to 3.5"
x 2" we need that 1/8" so we don't cut
into your cards. Use the "safe area" information
when designing your business cards because the 1/16"
will be cut off.
Q: I need to submit
art for a Magazine or Booklet. Is it the same as submitting
art for flyers?
A: The specs are pretty
much the same as flyer and postcard art submissions.
We require all the text be within 1/8th inch from the
page edge. We do require you send the art for each page
separately. Each page should be within it's own document...i.e...cover,
page1, page2, page3 and etc. Do not submit art canvased
into one monsterous .PDF file and have us try to decipher
which page is which. We're usually pretty good at figuring
it out unless there are no page numbers. If you submit
art for a magazine or booklet in this manner we will
turn it over to our children and let them arrange the
pages for you. No, seriously we do need the art in separate
files and each individually labelled according to page
Q: What is the Meaning
A: We here at Acidflyers
have figured that out and will let you in on that priceless
information once you spend $10,000,000 with us. Until
then, keep on guessing. And we lied about the quiz at
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want added or answered? To submit a question feel free
to contact us and we'll post it if it's good.