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Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop®

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  • 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"

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

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)

IMAGE SIZE

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

SCALING IMAGES

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

COLOR SHIFTS

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

FONTS TO BITMAP

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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