We have prepared the following guide to assist you with your electronic file preparation and submission. If you have a specific problem that is not covered in this guide, or have other questions, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Improperly prepared files can cause delays in manufacturing.
How to order?
- Click on a product
- Choose a design option
- Use "inkFlap Designs" option when you wish to only modify an existing design by including your name or uploading your logo
- Use "Custom Design" when you wish to create a design from scratch using our design studio. You can also upload a design/image here.
- Use "Upload Design" option when you have a pdf ready to be uploaded for print.
- While uploading your design kindly read the upload instructions and the size instructions after clicking the upload design window.
Inside inkFlap design studio
Although most of the options are quite self descriptive but we have still tried to highlight a few options for you to take care of.
The best way to upload a logo
One common mistake we all make is when we upload a logo in .jpeg format. We strongly recommend to upload a logo in .png format which has a transparent back ground.
Bleed is a printing term that refers to printing that goes beyond the edge of the sheet before trimming. In other words, the bleed is the area to be trimmed off. The area outside cut margin line (red dotted line) is the bleed area.
So In case you have a color in the background, make sure it is added to the bleed area as well so that while trimming there is no scope for any white space to be left out. A 2 mm border must be added to pictures and designs bleeding to the edge, so that there is no white space or border showing around the artwork. It is also important to keep text at least a 5mm away from the paper edge or the trim line to prevent accidental cropping.
Print previews are not a safe and sure measuring tool for color accuracy. Colors on the file might be effected by monitor calibration, screen resolution and lighting, just to name a few. Many Pantone colors show a marked color shift when converted to four color process.
For those who understand colors and their mechanism here's some relevant information, for others: don't worry, leave it to us and you will love our quality & colors.
Since our complete process is in CMYK colors, any pantone or RGB added gets converted to CMYK, so matching with a pantone shad card is not a good idea. Different colors behave differently when converted to CMYK, so some colors might match and som e might disappoint you!
To achieve the desired color on press, digital files must reflect accurate color models and percentage. Please make sure all colors are in CMYK mode for color accuracy and a better quality output.
►All images and pictures should be 300 dpi.
►Rasterized text or logos should be 1200 dpi.
►Screen values should be between 133 lpi and 150 lpi.
Guidelines by Application
The following outlines the specific file requirements by application. If you have any questions, please contact our graphics department at email@example.com. You may mention Kind Attn: Graphics Dept in the subject for better filtering! :)
All fonts are included.
►Type is legible and crisp.
►Page layout is correct.
►Margins are set.
►Artwork matches the specified dimensions.
►All linked files, images, and fonts are placed in separate folders.
►Colors in CMYK mode.
We provide PDF files as electronic soft proofs. These digital proofs intend to show you the layout and design elements of your job, but cannot be a guarantee of color accuracy.
The best way to check proofs is to check size, resolution by zooming 150% or 200%. If you see any pixels in your logos, then replace them with a high resolution version.
Scan all transparencies and line art at 100% of final size unless data size is prohibitive. If such a case occurs, scan at 1/4 or 1/2 of final size.