File Submission Guidelines
Here at LetsPrintBaby.com we print most files supplied to a "pleasing color" standard, using standard ink densities. Your printed final product will come very close to your file provided but there is no guarantee of an exact color match. This critical color match can be achieved but will incur additional fees and can delay delivery of your printed products.
We daily receive several different types of proofs from our customers. The wide range of output devices out there today provide a wide range of different results. Mostly, there are laser printers and inkjet printers, but there are also high resolution film-based proofs available as well. All of these proofing methods will still look different from the offset printed piece (true offset lithography printing). Even different printing presses and operators can achieve different results from one printing company to another. Certain line screens must be specified or we will plate your job in accordance to the quality of the art file provided. In other words, higher quality files provided can achieve higher quality results.
If you are striving for fast turnaround and our low pricing we will be using "pleasing color" and a PDF proof for instant online viewing.
All files supplied must have an accompanying color proof or one will be provided for you. Two-sided work must clearly indicate how your job is to back-up. If this is not provided, then a paper proof charge will apply.
If your job has critical color and a deadline exists, proofs will be overnighted for a 15.00 fee (no P.O. Boxes please),and this can delay delivery of final product. Complete clarity on all jobs is our norm here at LPB; we choose to reduce all guess work and problems which may exist at delivery.
$15.00 for each file supplied, file troubleshooting and (1) PDF proof.
All hard copy proofs must be signed and either returned, faxed or scanned and e-mailed to us for your job to proceed to press, no exceptions.
Printing schedules quoted at time order is received begin from the in hand signed approval date. An accurate completion date will be available at the moment we have this physical approval. As always, we will do all we can to accomodate our customers' deadlines.
When sending us logos and pictures for use as artwork in custom jobs, we can accept files two different ways, electronically and through the mail.
To send us a file electronically, you may send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with an attachment containing your file. When sending us an attachment, please limit attached file size to 5Mb. For artwork with file sizes larger than this we prefer that you send it to us through a file transfer service such as sendspace.com or yousendit.com to email@example.com.
If you e-mail artwork to us, please also fax us a proof so we can compare the received file for accuracy. Again, if you are submitting a disk, please send with it a color proof or folded dummy (if more than one page) so we can use it as a guide and/or reference. This too can clarify color and help us meet your expectations.
We can accept the following media for submission:
DVD • CD • USB Flash Drive • Memory Stick/Pro • SD
We can accept the following PC files: Corel Draw X4 (CDR) Corel Photo Paint X4 (CPT) Adobe Photoshop CS3 (PSD) Adobe Illustrator CS3 (AI) Adobe InDesign Windows Metafile (WMF) Encapsulated Postscript (EPS) as well as Assorted Raster Files (JPG, TIF, PNG, etc.)
We can also accept Microsoft Word (DOC), Microsoft Power Point (PPT) & Microsoft Publisher (PUB) files. Please note that Microsoft programs use an RGB color palette and text character sets which do not reproduce accurately when sent to film output devices and various CMYK printers. MICROSOFT FILES ARE ACCEPTED AT OUR DISCRETION AND MAY INCUR EXCESSIVE TROUBLESHOOTING AT $75.00 PER HOUR. For best results, convert your Microsoft documents to PDF files for submission.
We can accept the following Mac files: Quark Xpress 7, Adobe Photoshop CS2, Adobe Illustrator CS2
Guidelines when sending electronic files:
All rasterized electronic files (JPG, TIF, PNG, etc.) should be sent in their original uncompressed formats. For optimal results, rasterized electronic files should be a minimum of 300dpi, though a resolution of 600dpi or higher is ideal for higher quality reproduction. Any black and white line art should be supplied at 600dpi for best reproduction. All vector-based electronic formats (AI, EPS, CDR, PDF) should be saved in their original uncompressed formats. All fonts should be converted to curves/outlines when possible, and fonts should be included when excess text is present. All hi-res files should be linked and included with any file packages sent to us. All electronic files (both bitmap and vector) should be in CMYK format when color is being reproduced. RGB files can be used but we cannot guarantee accurate color reproduction.
Guidelines when sending photographs and artwork:
When sending photographs and artwork, please place cardboard in the envelope to avoid bending. Artwork to be scanned should be dirt and dust free, as any spots or irregularities will appear on final output. Please note that when you supply original photos or irreplaceable art, you do so at your own discretion. LPB Graphics, Inc. cannot be responsible for the return or replacement of this art should anything happen to it in our possession.
Even though your files may be prepared according to specifications, there are instances where problems can arise during production. Compatibility issues of your files to our system can occur and you will be informed at the time files are accepted. If you wish us to fix these problems, we can do so for a fee, or you can do so at your own expense.