A lot of the colors you create in RGB mode are not achievable using standard four-color process printing. It is always best to create your document from the start in CMYK color mode to ensure that you have a better idea of how your colors are going to print.
If you need more vibrant colors, or an exact color match (e.g. for consistent company branding), than what CMYK inks produce, spot colors/PMS colors is your best option.
Artwork must be created with or converted to Pantone Solid Uncoated colors. If your artwork contains tints of Pantone color(s), it is recommended there be at least 25% difference between tints of the same Pantone color in order to see a difference in value once printed. Our uncoated paper stock absorbs the ink at a higher rate than conventional coated papers.
You can make sure artwork contains only Pantone colors by following these steps:
For full color printing, you must save documents in CMYK color mode. You can make sure artwork contains only CMYK by following these steps:
Convert all text to outlines or paths. If you require us to do any text editing, do not convert text to outlines or paths, but instead e-mail the font files used in your artwork.
TYPE > Select All > Create Outlines
We recommend avoiding full flooded ink coverage on the entire piece. Since the paper is handmade and uncoated, the ink may not absorb 100% evenly over the entire surface on large ink coverage areas. Exceptions: a 3″ x 3″, or smaller, size flood is acceptable.
Bleeds allow you to run artwork to the edge of a page. On the press, the artwork is printed on a large sheet of paper and then trimmed down to size. If you do not allow for a 1/8 of an inch bleed, any misalignment while cutting will result with the artwork not running to the edge of the paper.
Crop marks indicate where to cut or trim the paper. You may submit your artwork with crop marks or other printer’s marks, but it is not necessary. If your piece has a bleed, just make sure to include the minimum 0.125″ extra area in your artwork.
The live area is the print area that is deemed “safe” from slight movement during trimming. It is recommended to keep any text or important graphic elements a minimum of 0.125″ in from the trimmed edge on all sides.
For non-vector artwork, 300 dpi at 100% is recommended. Vector (Adobe Illustrator) based art files are preferred for Pantone/Offset printing. High quality JPEGs are preferred for full color (CMYK/Digital) printing.
We do not prefer receiving artwork created in these programs, however if you save as a PDF, we will work with the file but may have certain limitations.