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General Artwork and Pre-Press Guidelines

Last Updated: Feb 26, 2018 03:27PM EST

Please ensure you follow this checklist on how to decorate and/or print artwork on custom folders before submitting your artwork files.

To ensure fast production, cost-efficiency, and prompt delivery, it’s important that you submit your artwork as specified. By following this process, you will significantly reduce the chances of experiencing production delays, or incurring additional charges. 


Quantity

250 MINIMUM- for offset printing

Printed envelopes are ordered in increments of 50 items, with 250 being the minimum order.


Quantities of 50, 100 or 250- for digital print and Quick ship Option

Printing in smaller quantities is now available printing digitally. The printing specs for digital jobs are different from offset printing so be sure to view the digital print specs.

Preferred File Types:

EPS for vector images.
Uncompressed TIFF for raster/bitmap images are the preferred format for professional high-resolution printing.
All files over 400 MB must be submitted to our website through this link. Please include your order number and company name:
https://spaces.hightail.com/uplink/foldersdotcom


Unsupported File Types:

GIF, JPG, WMF, BMP, PICT and other file formats are unsupported and cannot be used for high resolution printing. If you have any of these unsupported files and you need help converting your artwork to the preferred file types, please contact one of our Account Reps.

Using a .PDF File as Artwork? :

Incorrect templates, missing bleed, low-quality graphics will be rejected
For Spot color PMS (Pantone®) printing: use SPOT/PMS colors
Four color process (full color) printing: use CMYK - NOT RBG
For large areas of black (not type), we suggest the following rich-black mix (C:60% M:40% Y:40% K:100%)
Choose a blue formula with 30% more cyan than magenta. Avoid "Blues that look Purple" See Pantone® Formula Guide or Pantone® Color Bridge (www.Pantone.com)

Artwork Preparation Tips:

Use the "package function” in your design program to collect and save all of the elements used in your design file, including: fonts, graphics, logos, scans, etc
When using Vector Art: convert text to outlines and save the file as an .EPS
Line weights, borders and outlines should be explicitly defined as 0.25pt or larger for offset printing, or 0.75pt or larger for screen printing. If lines are smaller they may print inconsistently.
Fill solid black areas with a "Rich Black" rather than black only. Rich Black is made up of all four process colors, such as: 60% Cyan, 40% Magenta, 40% Yellow, and 100% Black. For normal body text, use 100% black, rather than Rich Black.
Please do not add trap to your art files. We will do this when we receive your files.
Images and Photos: 
Use 300 dpi high-res for CMYK and Grayscale
Save as .TIF or PDF.
RBG low resolution (72 dpi) web graphics are not acceptable

Scans: 

Use 1200 dpi, Bitmap format 
save as .TIF or PDF.


Foil Stamped & Embossed Orders:

Supply one color vector (.EPS) art: convert type to outlines

Emboss: 

Thick, bold copy is best. 
2 PT minimum line thickness is recommended. Increase point size/line weight accordingly. 
Certain copy does not emboss well and should be avoided: serif/thick-thin type, screens, fine lines and copy with intricate detail.

Foil Stamp: 

8 PT minimum size recommended for most type styles. Increase size for serif/thick-thin styles. 
To avoid loss of detail and plugging do not use ultra-light stype styles, screens, thin lines and copy with intricate detail and gaps no closer than 1 pt.

Avoid Errors & Job Delays

Please proofread and test your files. Pay close attention to:

Print color separations. Print a reduced copy, cut-out & fold up as to look like a folder. Note if the design lines up on correct panels. If design does not line up, please correct in your design file and test again. We are not responsible for errors in supplied files.

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