The full color printing process requires artwork to be saved in four-color CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) mode.
That’s because offset printing presses use 4 plates (one plate for each color) to achieve the final combination of that compose the artwork image.
However, the total black and white artwork or images must be in GRAYSCALE color mode in order to get that full, rich black in the final output. Files in RGB (Red, Green, Blue) as well as Pantone colors will automatically be converted into CMYK unless otherwise specified.
As much as possible, please outline your fonts (in illustrator and InDesign) or rasterize them (in Photoshop). This is to avoid any font issues when your job is printed.
If you are submitting QuarkXPress or InDesign files, please include a font folder containing all the typefaces used in your layout.
We recommend NOT using font size smaller than 8 points. Typically, very small or very thin fonts may not be legible when printed against dark or busy backgrounds.
Before submitting your artwork, please check and review all copy/text for types or misspellings. A PDF proof will be available for viewing after artwork is submitted.
The purpose of PDF proof is to provide the opportunity to check all the elements for accuracy and approve the final file before your jobs goes into production. Once the job is approved, we cannot be responsible for any artwork misprints, typos or errors in the finished print.
To ensure the best output quality, the minimum resolution for artwork is 300 dpi (dots per inch). Make sure your link files or images (specially in illustrator, QuarkXPress, and InDesign) are in this resolution or higher.
Images shall be created at 300 dpi or higher to ensure a high quality printing with clear images. Low-resolution artworks typically result in blurry images with jagged edges. If you are scanning pictures, please make sure the settings are for a photograph and that the resolution is also 300 dpi or higher.
Preferred Artwork File Formats for Submission
- Press-Ready high resolution PDFs
- Flattened High-Resolution TIF/TIFF or JPG
The above file formats are preferred in order to avoid any issues with fonts, pictures, etc.
Other acceptable file formats
- Adobe Illustrator (.ai or .eps)
- Adobe Photoshop (.psd, .tif, .jpg)
When submitting these types of files, in a separate folder please include all fonts, images and other graphic elements used in the artwork. Artwork must be within the ColorOnDemandPrinting.com Specification (see artwork guidelines.)
For files larger than 10MB, we recommended to compress your file using software programs like WinZip (for Windows) or Stufflt (for Mac) . Another option is to sign up for a free account on YouSenIt and use their services to transfer large files.
Uploading file may take several minutes depending on the speed of Internet connection and the size of artwork. Uploading a 4MB file can take about 5 minutes on a DSL connection. When submitting artwork files in CD, there is no need to compress the files.
We will review each file after it has been uploaded. If we find any problems, we will inform you immediately by sending a pre-flight report, which details all issues. If no errors have been found a PDF Proof of your job will be sent via email within 1 business day.
For assistance, you may call our Customer Service at or contact your sales representative 1-310-996-6789.