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Remember: If we are missing anything, this may delay your order.
Step 1: Document Size
File > Document Setup...
Adjust your document to one of the following sizes:
IN THE ZONE
Safe Zone = 1/8" margin from the edge of the page
Danger Zone = Area outside the 1/8" margin
Bleed = 1/8" past the edge of the page
If you intend to have an image completely cover a front or back side of your document, then you need to be sure that the image extends (bleeds) at least 1/8" over the edge of the page. Do not end it at page edge (trim) or white will show on the edges.
Step 2: Images
Edit > Links
All images are CMYK color mode
Tiff or an EPS (Do Not send Jpegs, Picts, Gifs, etc.)
300 dpi resolution (or 1,200 dpi for b/w line art)
Submit all images (Verify current link status)
If you scale the image after importing it into Freehand, the effective resolution will change. If you scaled the image up to 200% in Freehand, then the final resolution will be 150 dpi and considered low resolution.
Confirm the status of all linked images before you submit your files. No image link status should display "Modified" or "Missing".
Step 3: Color
Window > Panels > Color List > Options
Fill colors used in Freehand are CMYK
Stroke colors used in Freehand are CMYK
Gradient colors used in Freehand are CMYK
There is a color-shift when converting from RGB to CMYK. Do not trust the colors on your monitor. We recommend that you proof your job at a local service bureau and get a calibrated color proof (Iris or Dupont Waterproof).
Step 4: Fonts
Type > Create Outlines
Submit all fonts used in layout as a backup
CONVERTING FONTS TO OUTLINES
When submitting a Freehand document you may convert the fonts to outlines. All fonts will now be considered vector art. If you do not convert your fonts to outlines, be sure to send all fonts used in your layout.
Step 5: Save As
File > Save As
1) Select Freehand Format (default)
2) Click OK
Modify > Document
Check Before Exporting
1) Select Page
2) Set Bleed to 0.125"
File > Export
Freehand EPS Format
1) Select EPS Format
2) Select Include Freehand, Document in EPS
3) Select Convert Colors to: CMYK
4) Click Export
Step 6: Submit Files
Call your Sales Representative to verify files are ready to send by disk or FTP
Fill out the Job Information Form carefully
Mail or FTP the files along with a current mock-up to U.S. Press
Remember: if we are missing anything, this may delay your order.