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QuarkXpress PC


  1. Modify Document Size
  2. Adding Images
  3. Save EPS and Open in Illustrator
  4. Convert Text to Outlines
  5. Show Hidden Font Characters
  6. Set Black Text to Overprint
  7. Save as EPS or PDF

Note: DO NOT use the font alteration in this application (bold, italics, underline, etc.) Altering type this way will create an undesirable effect. If you want your type bolded, choose a font that has a bold in its type family.


1. Modify Document Size


  • New File
  • Select "Print" in
    Layout type
  • Specify the width and
    height of your artwork

Input desired dimensions with .25" bleeds on all four sides.

Does you 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.


2. Adding Images

Adding an Image

  • Choose the Picture Box tool
    (click and drag box to the desired dimensions)
  • Right click, select Get Picture
  • Select image and double click or hit the "Open" button

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.

Changing resolution the correct way.

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%.


3. Save Page as EPS and Open in Illustrator

Save EPS and Open Illustrator

  • Save Quark Document as EPS (File>Save Page as EPS)
  • In the Save dialogue box, under OPI, make sure
    "Include Images" is selected
  • Open Quark EPS in Illustrator


4. Convert Text to Outlines

Convert All Text to Outlines

All text within files must be converted to outlines with the outline set to zero (0) to eliminate the need for fonts.

  • Edit>Select All
  • Type>Create Outlines


5. Show Hidden Characters

Show Hidden Font Characters

You must make sure there are no hidden characters in your artwork.

Every font field ends with an infinity symbol (). If there are symbols in your artwork without any type before, delete those type fields or make sure those fonts are outlined.

Type>Show Hidden Characters


6. Set Black Text to Overprint

Set Black Text to Overprint

  • Filter>Colors>Overprint Black
  • Unselect "Stroke"
  • Select "Include Blacks with CMY"


7. Save as EPS or PDF

Hidden font fields in your artwork will register as fonts that are not outlined. Our system will reject this file as a bad file. Please make sure to to delete hidden characters and outline your fonts.

Illustrator EPS

Save as EPS

Save file as Illustrator EPS

File>Save As

Acrobat 4.0

Save as Adobe PDF

If you are exporting your file to a PDF, please make sure that the PDF version is Acrobat 4.

File>Save As

Make sure you choose Acrobat 4.0 and check boxes Embed All Fonts and Generate Thumbnails.