FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We recommend Quark Xpress, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe PhotoShop. These programs have support for color separation in either CMYK or spot colors.
We don’t recommend Microsoft Word, Microsoft Publisher, or Corel Draw. These programs can create a number of printing problems.
A slightly different, but important question from the computer program concern. We prefer ... Quark Xpress, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator and PDFs. You can submit your work on-line using our JobDirect platform for Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher files. JobDirect builds a high quality PDF document directly from the native environment of your computer. So we print exactly what you see!
Most projects are completed in 2-3 days. These include sell sheets, tri-fold brochures, newsletters, and postcards. Projects which usually require additional time include books (special binding), die-cut brochures, pocket folders, spot gluing, stamping.
Steven Hassett handles our quoting, and he can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org (or of course by phone at 516-486-5000).
Frank Pittelli handles customer service questions, and he can be contacted via email at email@example.com.
Yes, we handle projects from print through mail. We prefer excel files. However, any spreadsheet which is tab delimited works fine.
Often clients are careful to supply hi-res art for halftone printing. The files come in at 300 dpi. However, when placed inside the Quark or InDesign file they may be enlarged. For example, a photo that is 300 dpi and enlarged 200% has an effective resolution of 150 dpi.
In contrast, some clients are concerned that the photos they supply are only at 72 dpi. But, a 72 dpi image used at 20% creates and effective resolution of 360 dpi (72 dpi/.2 = 360 dpi).
Many people remember the 300 dpi limitation for grayscale, but 300 dpi is not acceptable for lineart. Line art should have an effective resolution of at least 600 dpi. I try to keep it at 1200 dpi whenever possible.
We have a complete font library. However, it may not match the fonts you used in your document. Adobe has a version of Times New Roman, as does Bitstream, AGFA, and a handful of other font licensing companies. It is important to always supply the fonts you used on your project, or to embed them within the file itself.
Our rule of thumb is as follows:
Email is never a good way to send information. Use our JobDirect platform to upload your files. It provides for automatic conversion to PDF for more than 200 document formats including ... Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher.
For files larger than 6 megs, FTP may be appropriate. (For our FTP information, please give us a call.) If the files will take more than 30 minutes to FTP, sending a disk may work best. Please be sure to Stuff or Zip the files before transmitting, even via FTP. If sending original files (i.e. Quark or InDesign) include a pdf as a proof. the Upload Files page for instructions.
If sending a disk, include a hard copy (printout).
Authors Alterations. Unless included in an original quotation, authors alterations can often become more costly than the project itself; especially in today’s automated workflows.
An AA is any change that is made by the client once the project is submitted to the printer. Examples include: new files supplied when the project is begun, type changes, spacing, color corrections, the addition of bleeds, or any change that will affect the flow or the project.
These are called PE’s or Printer’s Errors. Printer’s Errors are, quite simply, those things that shouldn’t have to be changed. Reflow (unless no proof is supplied), wayward color, missing elements, poor trapping and incorrect pagination could be such examples.