ThinkDon is our periodic Question and answer forum with expertise in the world of large format package printing by our VP of Manufacturing, Don Ellis.

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ThinkDon is our periodic Question and answer forum with expertise in the world of large format package printing by our VP of Manufacturing, Don Ellis.

What file types can your pre-press department work with, which do they prefer, and what are the most common issues with clients’ files?

Our experience suggests that some file types work more smoothly than others and are more user-friendly, should a correction be needed on the current or future printing.

Based on our experience, we recommend the following:
  1. Illustrator – type outlined, fonts & images included. Images should be 300 dpi or above.
  2. InDesign – type outlined, fonts & images included. Images should be 300 dpi or above.
  3. High Resolution PDF – fonts & images included. Images should be 300 dpi or above.
The most common issues are missing fonts and missing or low resolution images.

There are many fonts available to designers, some have the same name but are slightly different. For example, the kerning (space between letters) may be different, or the weight or style of letters may be slightly different.

To ensure that the correct fonts are available, it is always best to supply them with the file. Failure to do so may result in an unexpected change or an inability to properly correct a file.

A low resolution image will print. However, the quality of the reproduction may be severely limited. One thing to keep in mind is that when an image is enlarged the resolution will be decreased.

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