Digital File Recommendations and Specifications

The Print House accepts a variety of digital file formats for print. We’ll make every effort to work with you to assure that the quality of your project meets your expectations. The following recommendations will help to assure best results:

File Formats

PDF – prepared for print in CMYK mode with image resolutions at 300 DPI or higher and fonts embedded.

Adobe InDesign – Package for print provider or include all images and fonts.

Photoshop or other image file – PSD file with layers and fonts included. Flattened Photoshop files or raster (.jpg or .tif) images from other photo editing platforms should be submitted at 300 DPI in CMYK color mode. Our ability to alter or correct flat image files is limited.

Adobe Illustrator – Vector files in AI, PDF, or SVG formats are recommended for large format reproduction. For best results, submit files at final size with fonts converted to outlines. Embedded raster images should be in CMYK color mode and a minimum of 150 DPI at final size.

Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft PowerPoint – Microsoft Publisher and PowerPoint files are not recommended for professional print. For best results convert Publisher files to PDF format at finished size. The Print House will accept Publisher and PowerPoint files in native format. If possible, provide images and fonts as separate files. Prepress charges will apply for file conversion and changes required before print.

Microsoft Word – Microsoft Word files are not recommended. For best results, convert Word files to .PDF before submitting files.

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Bleed – ⅛” all sides

Safe Area – Allow a minimum safe area (margin) of ⅛”

Color Mode and Image Resolution

All images and files should be submitted in CMYK color mode. Recommended image resolution for offset and digital print is 300 DPI at final size. Recommended image resolution for wide format print is 150 DPI at final size.

Fonts and Graphics

Fonts and graphic images should be embedded in .pdf files. Please include or package font files and images separately if submitting native files. For best results, convert fonts to outlines in vector images (.ai, .eps, .pdf) for wide format print.

Please note: Fonts are not embedded in Microsoft applications and substitution problems are likely to occur.


Multi-page documents (books, manuals, booklets) should be submitted in single page format and in page number order. You may include page numbers or request addition per your specifications.


You’ll want to make a final check of your art after prepress changes have been made. The Print House provides PDF proofs for every project for your approval. PDF proofs may vary in color from monitor to monitor unless color calibration is applied. Hard copy proofs increase color accuracy. They are available by request and will be delivered for approval by your Print House sales representative. If color must be absolutely precise, we encourage you to schedule a Press Check to approve color and print quality as production begins.

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