How to make your printing project a success

 

Crisp Lines

 

Please do not use Adobe Photoshop for your text. Edit photos or add special effects to your design in Adobe Photoshop, then place the artwork into your application to add the text. This will give you sharp crisp graphics on your project without having it look fuzzy. Use Adobe Illustrator or another vector program like Adobe InDesign, QuarkXpress, or Macromedia Freehand to get clean lines on your line art.

 

Rich black

 

Text fonts less than 18pt bold should be black only. For text from 48pt down to 18pt bold use 60% Cyan, 60% Magenta, 60% Yellow, and 60% Black.

 

Don’t place text too close to the edge of the document

 

Do not place your text closer than .375″ (3/8”) from the edge.

 

Photos

 

Photos must be CMYK with color mode at 300 dpi resolution.

 

Images

 

Convert all RGB images to CMYK color mode to give you the best color. Our equipment can do this for you but results will be better is you do this in Adobe Photoshop before submitting files.

 

Print a proof and review a proof from your desktop printer

 

Please take time to print a proof on your desktop printer and review before submitting files. This will help to make sure your files are accurate before submitting them for printing.

 

Pantone color matching

 

All monitors are calibrated differently. Inkjet or laser printers use different types of toner and inks than commercial printing presses. Use Pantone PMS values for best results.

 

 

Newsprint Reproduction

 

Limitations in registration

 

Newspaper printing is different than heat-set magazine and book printing. The thin weight and the high-speed nature of newspaper presses produce the alignment of the cyan, magenta, yellow and black plates on press (registration) that is rarely perfect.

 

Type size less than 9pt should be 100% black. Building small type in color builds will make it appear fuzzy and illegible.

 

Thin rules should be black. Color rules should be 2pt or thicker.

 

Use as few colors as possible when making a solid color build.

 

Dot gain and ink density

 

Cold-set printing on newsprint has more dot gain than other forms of printing. Ink on newsprint will absorb more and spread more than book paper.

 

Because of the absorbent nature of newsprint, the maximum amount of ink the paper can hold is less than what other papers can hold. The spreading ink also results in images often looking darker on paper than what your computer screen shows.

 

Total ink coverage should be 240%. This means the sum of the percentages of cyan, magenta, yellow and black for any one color must add up to 240% or less.

 

To make sure your file is optimized for newsprint reproduction, use the “North America Newsprint” color preset provided with Adobe Creative Suite CS6 (or newer). This will give you a better preview of the reproduction on your computer screen, and make sure your files use the correct ink densities.

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