Accepted File Formats

We prefer that you send Press Ready (Press Quality) .PDF files. However, we can accept also .ai, .psd, .eps, .tiff (CMYK file at 300 DPI only), and .jpg (CMYK file at 300 DPI only). If uploading any of these other accepted formats we ask that you compress the files for delivery.

***When naming your file make sure there are no spaces, you can use the underscore character instead (file_Name.pdf). Spaces in file names will prevent the upload to be complete (file name will show but will not be processed for upload). Keep the file name short and don’t forget to include the file extension (.pdf)***

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  • If you are working with a Publisher file see How to Make Your Publisher File Compatible With Our Printing Specifications (Press Ready File). Click Here! <– Opens in New Window
Fonts

All fonts must be converted to outlines to prevent default font issues. If not outlined, you must provide fonts.

Small Text in Artwork

All small text, thin and light weight fonts that are BLACK should be made up of 100% Black and set to overprint to avoid any registration issues.

Color Mode or Space

All files must be provided in CMYK color mode – four color process (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black). Files provided in RGB* or with SPOT colors will shift in color (see File Resolution for more info).  

*RGB files are not considered Press Ready.

File/Artwork Bleeds

Files must have an additional 0.125″  (1/8″) extended border all around when there is a background image or color that extends to the edge. Bleeds are required for trimming (e.g. 8.75″ x 11.25″ file will have a final size of 8.5″ x 11″ after trimming, and a 4.25″ x 6.25″ file will have a final size of 4″ x 6″ after trimming).

*Files without appropriate bleeds are not considered Press Ready.

File/Artwork Safe Area

Keep all live areas with text and/or important elements a minimum of 0.125″ away from the final trim area.

Borders on Artwork

Borders are not recommended. If you must have a border make sure that it’s at least 0.25″ inside from final trim area – if the border is too close to the cutline, it may be cut off-center slightly.

*We can not guarantee alignment on files with borders that do not meet our requirements.

File Resolution

For high quality printing it is required to have 300 dpi (dots per inch) images/files. It is highly recommended to use professional software such as Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and/or Photoshop. Unfortunately, other software such as Office, Publisher, Powerpoint, Excel, and others will output files as RGB and at 72 dpi. These files will print pixelated.

Submitting Files to Print

Files can be uploaded via the specific product page you are ordering from. It’s located under the specific product available options (Upload Your PRESS READY PDF File). Your file will be attached to your order once you’ve completed the purchase*

Two sided jobs may be combined into one PDF file – Only PDF files and/or zipped (compressed) files can be accepted via the upload module. Any other acceptable formats or if you have more than one file to upload (front & back separate PDF’s) you may .zip (compress) the files and then upload via the module.

Before uploading your files, make sure you’ve tagged each side appropriately.

When naming your file make sure there are no spaces, you can use the underscore character instead (file_Name.pdf) and keep the file name short.

To simplify the process Artwork files may also be emailed (Max. 30MB) to art@waterproof-cards.com

  • If you are working with a Publisher file see How to Make Your Publisher File Compatible With Our Printing Specifications (Press Ready File). CLICK HERE! <– Opens in New Window

*Files uploaded to an Order that is not complete will not be received.

How To Set-Up Your Microsoft Publisher File for Printing
  • If you are working with a Publisher file see How to Make Your Publisher File Compatible With Our Printing Specifications (Press Ready File). Click Here! <– Opens in New Window

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