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Design & Printing Services

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What format should I send my artwork in?

  • Packaged files (including fonts and images) provided in their “native” program are preferred (PSD, AI, InDD).
  • High resolution (“High Quality Print”) PDF files are accepted.
  • For jobs that fold, you MUST know the panel sizes and gutter widths. Provide full size folding dummy.

What color setting should I use for my project?

Project colors should be CMYK (4 color process) or PANTONE “spot” colors (201 crimson and 431 gray only). This includes all supporting imagery. If your file is designed in RGB web or screen color mode, it will be converted to CMYK color before printing and colors may shift and look different from what you preview on your screen. If you intend to use PMS colors, please consult a project coordinator early in your design process to help identify any problems.

How do I package and prep my InDesign file?

  1. File > Package, follow the prompts and/or correct ALL errors noted.
  2. Save an additional “.idml” format file (InDesign), or save as a CS6 format file (Photoshop, Illustrator). Place this with your final packaged file.
  3. Include your working layered files in a separate folder labeled “working files.” Do this for all print projects, including PDFs.
  4. ZIP all of your project files.

What do I need to know if I am submitting a PDF file?

  • Create your file using CMYK (4-color process) colors including art and photos and be sure that bleeds and crop marks are turned on and are showing in the final PDF. Contact a project coordinator if you are planning to use spot colors Pantone 201 or 431.
  • Pages must be designed as single pages in readers spreads, not as printer spreads.
  • Include your working layered files in a separate folder labeled “working files.” Do this for all print projects, including PDFs.

What software does Design and Printing Services support?

  • Mac: Adobe CS6–CC15+ for Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.
  • PC: Adobe CS6–CC15+ for InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop. Files will be converted to Mac software versions with Postscript or Open Type Face (OTF) fonts. When supplying cross platform files it is best to use Open Type Face fonts. Please check your press proofs carefully.
  • PDF: High resolution PDF files are accepted (”Preset: High Quality Print, Standard: PDF/X-5:2010”). Be sure you create your design using CMYK colors if you are considering this option.
  • We do not accept Microsoft Publisher or PowerPoint files.

Export or save your file as a print resolution PDF (Export: Create PDF/XPS Document: Optimize for: high quality printing). Be sure to create your design using CMYK colors and ensure that bleeds and crop marks are turned on and are showing in the final PDF. Pages must also be designed as single pages in readers spreads, not as printer spreads.

Please talk with a project coordinator before submitting your files if you have questions.

What is bleed and why do I need it?

The bleed area is the part that gets trimmed off during the finishing process to allow your design to “bleed” off or to the edge of the page. The minimum bleed required is .125” on all sides. Be sure that all imagery or colors that touch the edge of your piece extend .125″ past the crop marks.

What resolution should my files and images be?

The higher the resolution the better the quality. The minimum resolution required for an image at its final printed size should be: 300 dpi/ppi at 100% size for items printed on presses and 150 dpi at 100% size for large format items (posters, wall murals etc.).

How do I get my artwork/files to Design and Printing Services?

Upload your zipped files using the secure file transfer link.

Will I see a proof after I submit my files?

Yes, you will receive either an electronic or printed press proof for projects printed on the presses depending on your location and project deadline. Please check your proofs carefully as what you see is what will print. Press proofs are not provided for large format or envelope projects.

Can I supply my own paper?

No. Our digital presses and large-format printing equipment require special paper and large-format substrates. Design and Printing Services carries a wide variety of stock and can order specialty paper upon request.

How do I order business cards and letterhead?

Business cards and other business items can be ordered online from Design and Printing Services.

Can I design my business cards?

No. To ensure clear and consistent presentation of our brand and each unit’s proper affiliation to the University, all units are required to use the University’s business card format. Business cards and other business items can be ordered online from Design and Printing Services.

How do I prepare a file for contour cutting?

Contact a project coordinator for detailed instructions.

What are the graphic dimensions for large and small pull up banners?

Large, floor pull up banner stand specifications

  • Banner width: 35.5″ image area; 35.75″ including .125″ bleed on each side
  • Banner height: adjustable from 35″ to 92″ plus 6″ bottom bleed with standard pole
  • Footprint 37″ x 9″
  • Download a designer template

Table top pull up banner stand specifications:

  • File Size: 12” x 21.5” including .125″ bleed on all edges
  • Finished/trimmed size will be 11.75” x 21”
  • Keep all critical info and imagery within 10.75” x 20” (.5” on top and sides, 1” at bottom)

What materials are available for large format printing?

See our list of media choices or contact a project coordinator to discuss the best option for your project.