Best Format

Even if your image is high resolution, you’ll still need to save it in the correct file format: TIFF. Always save your pictures in the TIFF format, Do not use JPG or any other type of compression offered by your software.

Color Mode

RGB colors are those used by most digital cameras. It is NOT, however, used for printing color output. They must all be converted to CMYK colors.

style=”text-align: left;”>Color mode must be in CMYK to be a “Print Ready File“.

The following illustrates the visual difference between RGB (monitor) and CMYK (printed).

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Image Resolution

Resolution also known as DPI (Dots Per Inch) can be described as the number of dots that fit horizontally and vertically into a one-inch space. Generally, the more dots per inch, the more detail captured and the sharper the resulting image. For an image to print properly, the image must be at least 300 dots per inch (dpi) at the final output size. If your file is not 300 dpi, you can not simply increase the dpi from a low resolution to a higher one by increasing the DPI in your imaging program.300 dots per inch (DPI) is the minimum resolution to guarantee acceptable printing results.

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Bleeds, Document Size, Cut Lines

Bleed must extend past the cut-line and will be trimmed from the product during the final cutting phase. When the image is required to extend all the way to the edge, bleed is needed to preserve the finished look and the quality of the final product. The purpose of a bleed is to continue a color, image or design off the edge of the card.Please keep all text at least 0.125″ inside the cut-line.- The bleed for Standard Products is 0.125″.- The bleed for Booklets and Presentation Folders is 0.25″.

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Blue Ink Print is not responsible if important artwork or text extends beyond these specifications and is cut off!.