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Please Select Your Application From The List Below. These instructions will ensure the processing of your order, when preparing your files.

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GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS
»GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS« [ pc | mac ]
* BLEEDS

Bleed - (represented here below by the black dotted line).
It is necessary to prepare your files with bleed
.
Set the ArtBoard or page size of your document to incorporate bleed. The bleed area is determined by adding 0.125" to the width and length dimensions (6" x 3" label, for example, would need to have the ArtBoard set at 6.125" x 3.125").
The artwork will be edited if this requirement is not met.
*Note, please provide artwork with bleeds.

* SAFEZONE

Safezone - (represented here by the green dotted line).
Because there can be slight shifts with alignment. All text and design elements that do not meet the labels edge [ or ARTWORK ] should be contained in the safezone. The safezone is determined by subtracing 0.125" from the width and length dimensions of the label (1" x 3" label would need to have the safezone set at 0.875" x 2.875").
The artwork will be edited if this requirement is not met.
*Diecut is represented by the blue dotted line.


* FONTS
Fonts - When submitting a file that is not flattened (files other than jpeg, tiff, bmp) you MUST change all text to outlines or embed the fonts into the file. We prefer that you convert to outlines to ensure that there will be no delay in your order. The minimum printable font size for black text on a light background is 5pt. The minimum font size for white text on a colored background is 7pt bold.
* SOLID BLACKS
If you want to have an area of solid black within your document, using 100% Black will not result in a nice, rich and saturated black. To obtain these results, instead using a rich black color, represented by the following CMYK values: 
C: 60%, M: 40%, Y: 40%, K: 100%.

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* COLOR
Color - Digital printing is a 4 color process. Create artwork in CMYK color mode. Submitted files in RGB will be converted which may cause color shifts. For guaranteed accurate color please build your files using the CMYK values from a Pantone Process Coated color guide. If color is crucial please request a press printed proof or specify the Pantone colors used.
* FILE FORMATS

File Formats - We prefer PDF formats. When saving your file as a PDF do the following: Use the "Press Quality" preset, convert your text to outlines [in vector based applications] and flatten your artwork [in raster based applications]. Make sure there is no color conversion, and make sure that there is no downsampling of the images ( unless above 800dpi ).Do not send compressed artwork other than Tiff using LZW compression. Please do not send security/password protected files. Other accepted formats: .eps, .ps, .ai, .psd, .jpg, .tiff, and .bmp.
Fees are applied when the format is not usable.

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* OVERPRINT
Overprinting is used in traditional means of printing, but is not necessary when using a digital printer. Don't create files with overprinting attributes. These attributes often change the appearance of the final product. If you have created your file with overprinting attributes please contact us about your order. We are not responsible for incorrectly printed labels with overprinting attributes. You will be charged for the printed labels and any subsequent reprints.
* BORDERS
Borders bleeding off of a label need to be at least 0.1875" in thickness and meet the bleed edge. This is an aesthetic and quality control requirement. Borders not bleeding off of a label must be contained by the safezone. The outer edge of the border may not fall outside of the safezone.
* RESOLUTION
Resolution - Minimum resolution is 300 dpi. We encourage our customers to submit files that have a higher resolution. This makes improvements in quality when there is text on the label. Our maximum resolution is 800 dpi.

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