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1. Setting up your document

Page Layout
Define your page size as the final trim size of your document. To create a bleed, extend
your page elements .125 (one-eighth) inch off the edge of the document.  If your piece
folds, pay attention to panel sizes. Generally, the width of a panel that folds into another
should be reduced by .0625 (one-sixteenth) inch. If you have questions about panel sizes
or folding, contact us.

Color
If your job prints in four process colors, convert all spot colors to CMYK mode in both
your graphics program (Illustrator or Photoshop) and page layout program. Spot colors
are fine if your job is a one, two- or three-color job. Always provide PMS color number(s)
for all spot color jobs. Print a laser copy of each color plate to check your color breaks
and help ensure the accuracy of your job. If you have color scanned images, be sure they
are converted to CMYK; RGB or Indexed Color images cannot be separated properly.

Hairline Rules
Define rules by their width in points. Instead of selecting a “hairline rule,” specify a .5
point rule. Rules that are narrower than .5 points will be difficult to hold on press.

Images
Line art should be scanned at 600–800 dpi (dots per inch), assuming you are scanning at
the percentage size that the image will be used. (For example, if the original artwork is to
be reduced to 25%, then scan at 25%. Import the image into your page layout file at
100%.)  Halftone images should be scanned at 300 dpi to the size that the art will be
reproduced. They should be saved in or converted to EPS or TIFF format.
Imported hi-res scans should be placed as close to 100% of size as possible. Reducing
an image may compromise quality.
Photoshop users—Rotate images in Photoshop whenever possible.
QuarkXPress users—Picture box background color should be set to white in
QuarkXPress files.
Pagemaker users—Never cut and paste a graphic into PageMaker; doing so will convert
the graphic to an RGB metafile, even if the graphic was grayscale to begin with. Use File
> Place instead.
FreeHand users—Please include the original FreeHand document when exporting EPS
graphics from FreeHand.


2. Using fonts and type styles

Computers use screen fonts to display your type on the monitor and printer fonts to send
to the laser printer or for printing.

It is best to use Postscript Type 1 fonts. TrueType fonts is OK to use but not best quality.
(TrueType fonts contain the screen and the printer fonts in a single file.).

Always select font styles from the font menu. Do not use the measurement palette style
buttons or type styles menu to change from roman to bold or italic. This creates a “false”
bold or italic face that can image incorrectly.

Never use a font named after a city (e.g., New York, Chicago, Geneva). These fonts were
originally for dot matrix printers or Web pages.


3. Copying fonts for printing

Mac Users—PageMaker, QuarkXPress 6.0, and Adobe InDesign will collect fonts
automatically; if you are using QuarkXPress 5.0 or lower, you must collect fonts
manually. They can be copied to a disk by selecting the fonts and dragging them onto
the icon of the disk. Don’t forget to include both the screen and printer fonts.

PC Users—To copy PC fonts to a disk, select Start > Settings > Control Panels > Fonts.
You will see a list of your fonts and their file names. Next, open the window of your
destination disk.

Select the fonts you want to copy. Then click and drag with the right mouse button to
your destination disk’s open window. Release the mouse button and select “Copy here.”
TrueType fonts for the PC are made up of one file per font with the extension .TTF. Each
Postscript Type 1 font is made up of two files. The screen font ends with .PFM and the
printer font ends with .PFB. When you copy fonts from the control panel, Windows will
automatically copy the printer font with the screen font.


4. What to send us, and why

The page layout files
Your page layout files will be sent to a high-resolution imagesetter or platemaker.
Please contact us if you are not using QuarkXPress, Adobe InDesign, or PageMaker,
which are the industry standard in page layout programs. Compatibility issues with other
programs may delay your project.

All EPS files and scanned images used in your files
Occasionally, image setters have difficulty reading files. When this happens, we must
open and check not only your page layout files, but all EPS files and scans as well. Even
if an object is embedded in a file (such as an imported PICT image in QuarkXPress, or a
graphic in PageMaker) we may still need to check the original image file.

Please do not send FPO (For Position Only) files. They can be confused with the high-
resolution images that replace FPOs. TIFF and EPS should be the only file formats
placed into a layout; all other file formats (PCX, GIF, JPG, WMF, BMP, etc.) produce
unpredictable results. Images in TIFF or EPS format should be scanned as close to the
final size used in your document as possible, at a resolution of 266 dpi for single-color
halftones, and 300 dpi for 4-color.

Please note: images downloaded from a website are unsuitable for printing as they
are created in low-resolution formats.

All screen and printer fonts
The imagesetter/platemaker needs your fonts to properly reproduce the text in your file.
Please check all your files to confirm which fonts are being used. Both the screen and
printer fonts are needed.

If you do not supply a copy of your fonts with your job, we will need to use their version of
the fonts, which can cause re flowing of text and incorrect styling—even though the
names of their fonts may be identical to yours.

A list of all the files you are sending
Giving us a list of all your files helps us to process your job. In our “preflight” check, we
match a list of all the files we need with the list of files you have supplied. If a file is on
your list, it should also be on your disk—and show up on our preflight checklist!

You can print out a list of files on the Mac by opening the window of your disk or folder
and selecting File > Print Window.

Composite and color-separated laser proofs of your entire job
We need to see laser proofs (the output from your computer printer) to know what your
project is supposed to look like. We also must determine whether your color separations
are set up properly. If possible, please print lasers at 100% size. Mark your lasers with any
additional information, such as color breaks, folding, cropping data, etc.

In addition to lasers, including a “dummy” or mock-up of what your finished project
should look like is helpful to ensure the accuracy of your printed piece.


5. Are you ready to go to press?
Have you remembered to:
•   Include all page layout files?
•   Include all graphics used in your files?
•   Convert all RGB and index color graphics to CMYK or Pantone spot colors where appropriate?
•   Include all fonts used in your files?
•   Include a list of all the files you have used?
•   Include PDF of files to be printed?
 

If you have any questions, please contact us at: northpointamerican@gmail.com
NORTH POINT
PRINTING
788 Pinefalls ave Walnut, Ca 91789
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