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Adobe Photoshop®

  • Call for latest version available
  • Windows or Mac OS versions
  • Disk: ZIP, JAZ, 3.5" Floppy, or CD
  • Send all Adobe Photoshop documents, images, and fonts

Remember: If we are missing anything, this may delay your order.

Step 1: Document Size

File > Document Setup...


Plan ahead when using Photoshop

  • Business Postcards = 6" x 4", 6" x 8"
  • Catalog Sheets = 8.5" x 11"
  • Folded Brochures = See folding setups on prepress references page
  • Rack Brochures = 4" x 9", 8" x 9" (folds to 4" x 9")
  • Print Posters = 11" x 17", 18" x 24"
  • Catalog Printing Company = 8.5" x 11", 5.5" x 8.5", 4" x 9"



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

Image > Image Size


300 dpi resolution (or 1,200 dpi for b/w line art)


300 dpi resolution (or 1,200 dpi for b/w line art) after resizing


Submit all images (Verify current link status)


All images should be 300 dpi resolution or 1,200 dpi resolution for b/w line art.


If you scale the image after importing it into another application, the effective resolution will change. If you scaled the image up to 200% in Photoshop, then the final resolution will be 150 dpi and considered low resolution.

Step 3: Color

Window > Show Color


Fill colors used in Photoshop are CMYK


Stroke colors used in Photoshop are CMYK


Gradient colors used in Photoshop 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


Submit all fonts used in layout as a backup


When submitting a Photoshop tiff or eps all fonts become part of the bitmap artwork. Be sure to double check all spelling and punctuation. It is a good idea to send all fonts used in bitmap images as a back up.

Step 5: Save As

File > Save As


Photoshop TIF Format

1) Select Photoshop TIF Format
2) Select Mac or IBM Byte Order
2) Click OK


Photoshop EPS Format

1) Select Photoshop EPS Format
2) Select Preview Macintosh (8 bits/pixel)
3) Select Binary Encoding
4) Click OK


Photoshop EPS Clipping Path

1) Select Window > Show Paths
2) Select the Clipping Path menu
3) Select Path to use for clipping
4) Set Flatness to 0.2 Device Pixels
5) Click OK
6) Repeat Photoshop EPS Format steps listed above to save clipping path changes

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.

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