Printing File Format

printing file format

The only printing file format that we accept for printing is PDF files. The PDF file should have graphics and fonts embedded and printing bleeds should be included in the file.

This printing file format ensures that your files are printed exactly the way you want them printed. The problem with sending us the native design files, such as Microsoft Word, is that text and graphics in the file can shift depending on which computer the file is opened on. With a PDF file, the text and graphics become almost like a photograph and will not shift, no matter which computer the file is opened with.

With a PDF file, you only need to send us one file. With other printing file formats, you will typically also have to include all fonts and graphics.

If you use a Macintosh computer, you can save your file as a PDF file from within the print dialog box of almost all programs. More advanced layout programs will have options for exporting your file as a PDF file. If you use a PC computer, it may be more difficult to export your file as a PDF file. There are several free programs that will create PDF files on a PC. One can be found at:

After your PDF file is created and before you submit your printing file format for printing, be sure to go through the PDF file page by page. This will help you catch any errors or items that have shifted on the pages. While you can submit corrected files to us before we start printing your printing project, it is typically easier to start with the correct file. We often find that printing the PDF out on a laser printer and reviewing this hard copy will highlight errors that we did not notice on a computer screen.