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Computer Monitor Calibration for Print

X-Rite hueyProMaking sure what you see is what you get.

What Colors Are You Seeing?

One of the most difficult parts of the whole printing and design process can be making sure what you see on your screen is what you get at the end. There are hundreds monitor types, with multiple styles and manufacturers. Gamma, contrast ratio, lightness... Where do you start?

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Layout Programs for Print

InDesign LogoBeing creative with the Creative Suite.

Page layout computer programs make it easy to create a document on your computer that can be reproduced by commercial printers.

Most page layout programs solve many of the technical layout issues related to commercial printing.

The industry standard programs for page layout programs are Adobe InDesign and Quark Express.

The following guidelines are intended to help you set up the page/document size in your page layout program. Please refer to our list of templates in the template section of this website for more page layout information and dimensions.

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7 Tips For Print File Preperation

Multi-function KnifeGetting everything in order.

MacGyver was always prepared.

You’ve come up with an idea and are ready to get the word out to prospects and customers. You’ve designed something on your computer and passed it around for all to approve. You’re now ready to get it printed.

You’ve come to the right place. We are here to get it done, and it all starts with good file preparation.

Good files mean a faster, more predictable workflow through our operations...which means a lower cost to you and less time you need to spend providing additional information or fixing documents and files. We feel that the more we can help you with this, the better.

Correct file preparation is almost as important for a commercial printing operation as your message and the design of your idea. And we know how hard you worked on those. We want to help you get it done.

Please refer to the following for the best file preparation methods to ensure the best outcome.

  1. File compression
  2. Fonts
  3. Colors
  4. PDFs
  5. Images
  6. Blends and gradients
  7. Registration

Our experts are always available to assist you. You can reach us right now by email on the Contact Us page.

Pantone Plus Color Books in CS6 Explained

Color WheelAnd where did all these LAB color swatches come from?

In CS6, the default Pantone Plus (Solid) color libraries are now based on Lab values instead of CMYK. Therefore, the CMYK builds in CS6 are different from previous versions because of the ICC profile that is referenced during a spot-to-process conversion. When converting colors to CMYK, take note of the build you are expecting (i.e. check if it is the same CMYK build as in previous CS versions and that it is the same build across all applications). If you have specific brand guidelines, the build can be significantly different, not the typical refinements that characterize Pantone updates (see examples below).

My recommendation is to establish internal and vendor guidelines that say, “Our green is Pantone 340, and the CMYK build is 100/0/66/9. Please use this CMYK build for all 4C process jobs.”

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How to compress files for your print job?

Cram it in and zip it shut. It makes it easy to move around. Making your files smaller.

It's easier than sitting on your luggage to zip it.

File compression reduces the size of a file, allowing for faster transmission over the Internet and eventually permitting for easier file management. Compression also protects the file from possible corruption. The function of a compression program is to take large files and make them smaller without changing or losing any information in the file.




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