Make sure that the resolution is set to 300 ppi (pixel per inch), the mode is set to CMYK Color. with 8 bit selected.
Does your artwork have bleeds?
PsPrint requires .125" bleeds on all four sides of your artwork (i.e., 4"x6" postcard image with bleeds would have dimensions of 4.25" x 6.25" in your artwork file.) If your image has a white border on all four sides, bleeds are recommended but not required. If your image is not white on all four sides, you MUST include bleeds in your files. More information about bleeds.
Does your artwork have borders?
The cutting process for printed materials has a mechanical
tolerance of about .0625 or 1/16 of an inch. When using a border in your
artwork, it is essential that your design use at least
.25 or 1/4 of an inch of white space from your border to the cut line
to maintain a symmetrical appearance. More
information about borders.
Show rulers - (View>Rulers)
Click on the rulers and drag a guideline to the specified marks. This will help you
line up your text/images to our template guides.
Note the instructions included in the template
3. Adding Your Artwork
Add a new Layer
Create a new layer on top of the template layer for your artwork.
Add a new layer (Layer>New>Layer).
Adding an Image
Open your hi-res file (File>Open)
Check the resolution of your file and
make sure it's set at 300 dpi
What is Resolution?
For an image to print properly, the image
must be at least 300 pixels per inch (PPI) at the final output size. DO
NOT try to change from a low resolution to a higher one by increasing
the DPI in your imaging program. More
information about resolution.
When opening EPS files in Photoshop, make sure that: Resolution is set to 300 dpi
Mode is set to CMYK color
Anti-aliasing is turned ON
Set Color Mode
All files must be CMYK. If your art was not created in or converted to CMYK, do so now (Image>Mode>CMYK Color)
What is CMYK color mode?
The color mode of submitted
files must be CMYK. If your files are submitted using any other color standard,
such as RGB or Pantone, they will be converted to CMYK. Conversion from
one color standard to another may cause colors to shift. More
information about CMYK color mode.
Does your artwork contain gradients?
Gradients are commonly used in printing and in most
instances produce good results. Gradients can be represented in a file as
a mathematical equation (Vector) or rendered by the application into a series
of pixels (Raster). Whether created as rasters or
vectors, gradients below 10% may not reproduce accurately. More
information about gradients.
Does your artwork contain solid black?
When you want an area of solid black within a
document, 100% black (K) will not result in a solid, saturated black. Instead,
use Rich Black, as represented by C:50% / M:40% /
Y:40% / K:100%.
5. Delete Template
Delete Layer 1, which contains the original
Do Not Delete Crop Marks
Delete Template but Not the Crop Marks
Some templates specify not to delete crop marks
Make sure you are on the template layer
Choose the marquee tool
Create a selection around the template
not including the crop marks and delete
6. Flatten Layers
Flatten all Photoshop layers before saving artwork for submission.
We strongly suggest that you create a backup file before you flatten the layers.
From the Layer pallet, see left, or from
the menu (Layer>Flatten Image)
7. Saving Your File
Save your file as one of the following .TIF, .JPG, .EPS or .PSD