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How to upload fonts for your printing job

So many font choices.

They really do show what you're saying.

Just don't use Comic Sans.

In order to reproduce your project the way you designed it, printers need the same fonts that you have used to develop your designs and files. We generally have all standard fonts already, but it is always good to include them anyway, especially if they are fonts you have recently purchased. This usage is allowed by copyright law.

Create an electronic folder called “printing job fonts”. Place copies of all of your fonts in that folder and send it along with all other design folders and files that you send us. Include only the fonts used for your project.


Choosing Colors for Print: CMYK, RGB & PMS

Color SwatchesCyan - Magenta - Yellow - Black

Color brightens up your world.

You have spent a lot of time on the design of your project and now want what you see on your computer monitor exactly reproduced. However, what you see on your computer screen is not necessarily a reliable representation of a commercially-printed piece.

Your computer monitor uses Red, Green and Blue (RGB) light to display your images. This is standard for web design, since monitors are calibrated in RGB. A commercially-printed piece, however, is printed using Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black inks (commonly called CMYK).

Tags: digital - offset


PDF Print Presets & Tips

Adobe Acrobat PDFs. A standard and complete file.

A document format that is portable.

The industry standard. Because of the many file formats that exist for design programs, and to make sure we produce the same output that you see on your computer, the printing industry has adopted the PDF file format standard. PDF (Portable Document Format) is a universal file format that can be accepted from any program or operating system (PC or MAC). For this reason, we recommend that all print files submitted to Metzgers for output be in PDF format.


Image Resolution and Stock Photography

Color BlendShowing what you mean.

They say a picture is worth...

Image resolution is the measurement of how many pixels fit into one inch. In commercial printing, pixels are often referred to as dots. The higher the resolution, the more pixels or dots. The more pixels, the sharper the image will be. We therefore recommend resolution of 300 dpi (dots per inch) for the sharpest looking results. Images at less than 300 dpi resolution can appear fuzzy, grainy, jagged and blurred.

Tags: tools


Blending and Gradient Tips for Commercial Printing

Blending is really just mixing colors. Fading into the background.

In the world of commercial printing the term “gradient” is used to describe a gradual blend of color or images from low to high values. Sometimes the term “color progression” is used instead of gradient.

Tags: digital - offset




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