December 18, 2015


Call us prepress gurus, if you like.

Our highly trained Prepress department can take your project from concept to final design. Our Staff of professionals can assist you in all you graphic needs. We use both Mac and Windows workstations to best fit your graphics requirements.

Our state-of-the-art equipment and the very latest design software ensure the best final product possible. We offer color correct digital press proofs and imposition proofs with our Epson Stylus Pro 9800 proofer for your approval prior to making plates. Our Kodak Achieve Platesetter will create plates up to 300 line screen for the finest color fidelity available in the print industry.

The staff at All Service Graphics possesses over 100 years combined experience which means your project is in good hands.

Need assistance preparing your files? Take a look at our prepress checklist…

Prepress Checklist

When sending print files to All Service Graphics we ask that you adhere to the following guidelines which will ensure quality and expedite the job…

Provide Native Files When Possible
With so many variable affecting a prepress file, supplying your native files is always a great idea. Remember to always include your fonts and all linked images associated with your file. Please supply a printed hard copy of your file as well for reference. We strongly encourage the use of desktop publishing software.

PDF Files
When creating a PDF using Adobe Acrobat use the “Press Quality” setting. When supplying PDF files, use a consistent naming convention that makes the files easily identifiable. (i.e. ASGBrochure2011.pdf). Please avoid using spaces in your file name title as this sometimes can cause problems crossing platforms.

Color and grayscale images should have a final resolution of twice the line screen. For example, images used in a project that is printing at 150 line screen should be 300 dpi (dots per inch). For line art, 1200 dpi is recommended. “Final” or “effective” resolution means the resolution after any scaling is applied in the page layout program. Images should be in tif, ai, eps, psd or pdf format. Files submitted in RGB mode with low resolution jpeg or gif images will likely have undesirable results when converted to printing specifications.

We recommend that all images used are 300dpi. Submitting files with a lower resolution than 300dpi can make the image look pixilated and blurry. Images found online for example should not be used for print purposes.

We require that all graphic files be built using CMYK to ensure color accuracy prior to being uploaded. Files submitted in RGB or using PMS colors will be converted to CMYK, which could cause a slight color shift in the finished product. If your project is using spot colors, or it is a 4-color process plus spot color(s), be sure to designate it as such in your layout program color pallete. Also, be sure that any usage of that spot color(s) in all programs used references the color(s) with the exact same name.

Example: Pantone 186 CV is not the same color as Pantone 186 CVU.

A “rich black” color should be used to avoid a “washed out” appearance whenever large areas of text, graphics, boxes or backgrounds are to print as black. Use the values of 40% cyan, 30% magenta, 30% yellow and 100% black, to create a “rich black”.

Please submit post script fonts with your native files. Free non-postscript fonts found online can sometimes cause problems in the printing process. Choose the correct type style from the fonts in your font menu. For example, if you want to use a bold typeface, choose the bold version from the font menu. DO NOT choose “bold” from the type style menu or palette.

For black body text, use only the color black. Do not use a “rich” or “false” black.

To make reverse type readable, avoid using type that is too small or delicate. Use a font size of 8 points or larger to guarantee readability.

Document Bleed and Margins
Allow 1/8” of bleed beyond the trim size of your page. Failure to allow at least 1/8” of bleed may result in white showing on trimmed edges. All critical copy must be at least 3/16” from the final trim to avoid the possibility of being trimmed off.

*The requirements noted here are general guidelines. There may be special circumstances or requirements for each particular job. Please feel free to contact your Sales or Customer Service Representative with any questions.