Pre-Flight Checklist | Preparation | Digital Files | Castleton-on-the-Hudson, NY
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Proper preparation of your files is the best way to ensure your files are printed correctly and your turnaround time is quick and efficient. A convenient checklist is provided below to ensure everything is in order

Getting everything in order



Feel free to contact us and we will answer any questions you may have. If your files fail pre-flight, you can either submit new files or we can make the necessary changes for you at a charge of $65 per hour.

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Update any modified links:

Resolution of images should be at least 200 dpi at 100% of final size; 300 dpi is preferred. All sizing, cropping, rotating, color conversion done in the original art program. (Illustrator or Photoshop). NO RGB IMAGES ARE USED for print material. Link or place support files in the document; do not embed them. Any linked files are placed in a folder marked “LINKS” or “PICTURES”


File Collection:

Quark or InDesign: Files are COLLECTED or PACKAGED (as opposed to just being dragged & dropped to a folder). Include a low-resolution pdf of the file for proofing purposes.


If Sending Only PDF Files:

All fonts are embedded. All images are high resolution CMYK or greyscale, and the PDF file itself is HIGH RESOLUTION. Crop Marks and bleeds are included on all PDF's. Provide a PDF in CMYK colorspace for 4-color jobs; For 2 or 3-color jobs, a composite AND a color separated pdf should be provided.


Getting Files to Impress:


Ideal for rush jobs. If the file/files you are submitting are under 10 MB, they can be emailed to: and be sure to include all relevant information about the job in the email as well as all your contact information.


On Disk:

We can also accept files on DVD/CD or jump drives.

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All fonts (printer and screen) are collected in a folder marked “FONTS.” Fonts in any linked/placed artwork have been converted to outlines. For Illustrator and InDesign files, provide 2 versions of your file: an un-outlined version and a second version with fonts converted to outlines.


CMYK (full color projects):

All spot colors have been converted to 4-color process; no spot or RGB colors should appear in your color palette if this has been done properly; all photos/images have been converted to CMYK. Two color jobs: Only the two spot colors used in the project show up in the color palette. One color jobs: Only one spot color appears in the color palette.


For ALL jobs, regardless of color:

Any unused colors have been deleted from your color palette. All colors used in linked/placed files follow the same color naming as those in your layout.


Artboard, Etc:

All unwanted items deleted from the artboard/outside the margins. If your project bleeds off the page, your file should be set up to allow for at least an 1/8th of an inch (.125") bleed on all sides.


Support or Linked Files:

The most current version of all placed files are included.

Keep File Names Short! Under 10 characters.

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