File Submission Guidelines

file submission guidelines DRSi

Follow these guidelines when sending your print file

DRSi prefers to receive high-resolution, print-ready PDF files.  Please ensure your file is submitted with the following attributes: 

  • Flattened PDF.
    • Learn how to flatten a PDF here.
  • File should be supplied in CMYK; if your software allows color profiles, use “CMYK: Web Coated (SWOP)” v2.   
    • If spot colors are requested, include the Pantone name and number.  
    • For black, selecting Rich/Process Black (with a CMYK build of C:50, M:50, Y:50, K:100) will ensure a solid, even saturation, whereas single color black (K:100) will not provide the same density. 
  • Full bleed artwork should include crop marks and bleeds.   
    • For finished pieces under 12”x18” (marketing collateral, reports, etc.), include 0.125” bleed on all sides.   
    • Signage files should include 0.5” bleed.   
    • Large-scale projects such as wall graphics should include 1” bleed on all sides. 
  • Convert fonts to outlines or paths. 
  • For most files, a DPI of 300 or better is preferred.  Lower DPIs may produce pixelated or grainy prints.   

For multi-page brochures or booklets, do not create spreads in your software, as these will not print properly. Instead, send single pages (with bleed, if required); we will do the imposition for printing. 

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For additional details on how to generate a print-ready PDF using common design software, see our blog post. 

 The best way to send us your print file is by placing an order through our online ordering portal, which accepts files up to 1GB.  You can also send a zipped file (link to outside page with instructions on how to zip a file) or send us a link to the file on your cloud-based file storage system (OneDrive, Sharepoint, DropBox, WeTransfer, etc.).   

 Any questions, just call (425.882.2600) – we’re here to help! 

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