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

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:

  • 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")
  • Posters = 11" x 17", 18" x 24"
  • Catalogs = 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

Utilities > Usage> Pictures

  • 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 XPress, the effective resolution will change. If you scaled the image up to 200% in XPress, 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

Edit > Colors

  • Fill colors used in XPress are CMYK
  • Stroke colors used in XPress are CMYK
  • Gradient colors used in XPress 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).


Check the color mixture before using a default color. It may print a color different from the color on your monitor.

Step 4: Fonts

Utilities > Usage > Fonts

  • Submit all fonts used in layout, logos, images, etc.
  • No styles applied to fonts


When submitting an XPress document you need to send all the fonts used in your layout. Do not forget to send fonts used in placed files (logos, etc.)


Send the actual fonts used in the layout (Helvetica bold, italic).

Do not apply styles to the fonts. Styles may not output to film.

Step 5: Save As

File > Save As

XPress QXD Format

1) Select XPress QXD Format (default)

2) Click OK

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.