1. If you wish to use images from a digital camera, before you snap pictures make sure the camera is set at a high enough resolution to result in 300 PPI at the intended photo print size. Most cameras have various settings for resolutions. The highest resolution for your camera depends on how many Mega pixels it has.
2. A photo taken at 1280 x 960 pixels will produce a good quality 4" x 3" image. If you want your printed document to include a larger photo, you'll need to set your camera's resolution higher. You cannot change the resolution of a photo after it is taken, except by reducing its dimensions.
3. If you wish to simply insert a photo into one of Color Promotion's photo frame designs (which are based on a standard size postcard or business card, but vary in frame thickness), your photo should be at 300 PPI while measuring approximately 5.25" x 4" (this translates to 1575 pixels x 1200 pixels).
4. Be careful when cropping a photo after it is taken. Cropping will reduce the number of pixels in the final image. For example, if you had the 1280 x 960 pixel image mentioned above, but cropped it to about half its original size, you'd end up with a 640 x 480 pixel image. So now instead of being able to use it at 4" x 3", you can only include it at 2" x 1.5".
Supplying Images from a Scanner
1. Like a digital camera, a scanner must be preset to the proper resolution before image capture. Many scanners default to 150 PPI (or SPI). Set your scanner's resolution so that it results in 300 PPI at the image's final print size.
2. If your resulting scanned image is smaller than the recommended size or has less PPI than you need, you should either re-scan your original at a higher resolution, or use a smaller size of the image in your document.
Supplying Images from the Web
1. Most images found on the Web are typically at a resolution of 72 PPI. This resolution is much too low for quality print at the original size. However, if you shrink the dimensions of an image that's at 72 PPI to about one fourth its size, the resulting resolution should be sufficient for print.
2. But use caution: most images on the Web are protected by copyright lawyou must have proper permission to use them. If you plan to get your images from Web, look for Web sites that sell images or clip art.
How to Design & Supply Your Document
The steps to design your own document from scratch are simple:
1. Design your document to meet the size requirements and resolution requirements outlined below, using a preferred photo or design editing tool, such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator or Quark Express.
2. Save it to one of the accepted file formats listed in the Saving Your Artwork section below.
Saving Your Artwork For best quality, save your artwork as:
TIF Image Document (*.tif,*.tiff) (Recommended final output for most projects)
Adobe Photoshop Image (*.psd) **
Adobe Illustrator Image (*.ai) ** (create with outlines before submitting)
QuarkXpress version 4, 5 or 6 (*.qrk) (Collect for output so all images and fonts are together before submitting)
Other Accepted File Formats Include: Adobe Acrobat Document (*.pdf) ** Recommended for simple line artwork JPEG Image (jpg, jpeg) Recommended for photos Bitmap Image (bmp) GIF Image (gif) ** Compression is severe; may affect print quality PNG Image (png) ** TARGA Image (tga, vda) ** This file format supports transparency.
1. Please save the file with the file extension.
2. If you are using another program not listed above, design your file to our specifications and then save it as a Post Script, PDF or JPEG maximum quality for upload.
3. Documents need to be the exact size of the product to be uploaded to Commercial Printing Network. Please refer to the Document Size Chart for product dimensions.
1. Your artwork should be created at 300 PPI (Pixels Per Inch). Hence, a 1" x 1" logo should be designed as 300 x 300 pixels, a 3"x5" image should be 900 x 1500 pixels, and so on. The pixel counts listed in the design column above reflect a 300 PPI resolution for each product. If you create images at a lower resolution than this, the quality of your printed piece will be affected. (Refer to the chart for the pixel dimensions of each of the Commercial Printing Network products.)
1. Documents can be created in full color.
2. Color Promtions uses the high quality, Fiery 4 color CMYK Process for printing. We do not use Pantone or PMS inks. But if you'll be uploading a document which requires a PMS color for a logo, choose a matching CMYK Pantone Process color (if available in your software program) when designing your file. Once printed, the color should be fairly close to what you are looking for. However, Commercial Printing Network cannot guarantee exact reproduction of Pantone colors.
3. If your software program is able to convert your design to CMYK color mode, you should do this before saving your artwork. Not all colors in RGB mode translate flawlessly to CMYK. This is especially true for certain blues that can look more like purple after the color conversion. If you do the conversion yourself, you will be able to make the proper modifications to colors before the uploading and printing. Colors may vary slightly from those that are viewed on your computer screen, or what is printed on your printer via a printed proof.
Document Layout & Size
To design an entire document from scratch, you'll need to create your document design image to the correct document specifications.
The Document Dimensions Chart below shows design sizes (which accommodate for full bleeds) and cut sizes (final document sizes). The bleed area extends beyond the actual physical size of your final document so that when we cut your document the color will continue all the way to the edge and not leave a small white border. Always design your documents to extend through the entire bleed area, but do not put any text or important graphic elements in the bleed area because they may be cut off. Full bleeds are permitted at no additional charge.