Pre-press Specification
















Graphics & Signs Inc.


Below is listed a guideline for file setup. We digitally print from your ready-to-print computer files. Please use the following specification to avoid extra pre-press charge and to insure the best possible print.

Disk We accept 3.5” Floppy, CD ROM, DVD, Zip Disk 100MB and 250MB. We also have FTP site for file unload. Disks will be returned by request only.

Software We are both Mac and PC based.
Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, QuarkXpress, Coredraw, Freehand, InDesign.
Note: save files in EPS, tiff or other native format.
System Color settings: CMYK: U.S.Web Coated (SWOP) v2; RGB: s RGB IEC 61966-2.1

Placed Images
Assembled files need to be accompanied by all updated placed images. If you have assembled your file in QuarkXpress and have placed images, those placed images need to be included in the format in which they were originated.

Colors Images should be saved in CMYK/Grayscale. All colours need to be in CMYK format. All black must be in CMYK values: 50% C, 40% M, 40% Y, and 100% K.

Target Proofs
All files must be accompanied by a hard copy proof. Colorway will not be held responsible for files that do not accompany a hard copy proof. Desktop inkjet or laser prints acceptable FOR POSITION ONLY, not for color. Provide professional quality color proof printed from a true proofing system for color reference.

For specified color matching request (logo, etc.), Pantone numbers (PMS) must be indicated in written form on hard copy and on Colorway Purchase Order Form.

Print test, Pre-press, color matching per client’s request will be charged extra, if any.

Fonts Please include all fonts.

Resolution & Layout
Billboard: minimum 50 dpi file resolution at final output full size.
Banners, Fleet, mural, etc: minimum 100 dpi file resolution at final output full size.

Artwork must be proportionate to final size. For best results assemble your file at a proper scale to ensure the resolution at final output dimension.

For billboards or other super format print, assemble your file at a proper scale of 1inch = 1foot or 1/2 inch = 1foot. For example if your output size is 10' x 20' you would assemble your computer file to be 10" x 20".
If your output size is 14' x 48' you would assemble your computer file to be 7" x 24".

¼ " to ½" bleed should be incorporated in the design for placement assurance in final output. If your output requires extra bleed (billboards, etc), please ensure it is added where required.

These specifications are subject to change without notice.


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