By All Means Graphics

How to prepare print-ready files


All file formats must have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi (dots per inch). Images designed for the web have a low screen resolution of 72 dpi. Print images need to be CREATED at 300 dpi and 100% or larger size or there may be a substantial drop in quality.

Worried that your images aren’t big enough for a large banner? Large format graphics can still look ok with resolutions as low as 140 dpi.

File Formats

We accept the following file formats:
PDF (preferred), Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, SVG, EPS, JPG, TIFF, TIF, and PNG. Just make sure that your PSD, JPG, TIF and PNG files have sufficient resolution for print. We accept BMP and GIF files, however they are not recommended.

We can also accept .docx, .xlsx, and .csv as text files for use in layout, but not as final layout files. To print these file types you must convert them to PDF before submitting them to us.


    1. Fonts must be embedded in PDF files. (Some fonts have copyright restrictions and will not embed in PDF files.)
    2. Embed all images and convert all text to outlines in Illustrator files.
    3. Flatten all layers, or at least rasterize all text layers, when sending in Photoshop files.

Color Mode

All color artwork and/or images should be provided in CMYK color mode, unless otherwise stated. If you make sure that your black is 100% black (rather than a mixture of colors that create Rich Black), it helps our equipment detect if you have pages in your document that are black and white, which will save you money!

Black & White

All black and white artwork and/or images must be provided in Grayscale mode to avoid incurring color charges.

What is Bleed?

Bleed allows your artwork or background to print to the very edge of a sheet. The bleed is the portion of the art that will be trimmed off when the product is cut to the final size.

The amount of bleed required depends on the project. Most projects require .125″ bleeds, but larger ones may require as much as .5″ of bleed area. Contact us about bleed requirements for your project.

Sometimes Bleeds Add Cost!

Some bleeds require a larger sheet to allow for trimming to your final size. This may increase the cost of your project. Consider whether or not it’s worth the extra money to have your image extend to the edge. If it’s not adding much to your design, save money by creating
a .1875″ white margin around your art.

Proper Margins

Do not put important elements closer than .1875” to the finished edge of your piece. Thin borders near the edge are oftentimes a problem as there may be some movement in trimming which will make for uneven borders (this can be less noticeable with thicker borders)

Help! I’m Not Able to Add Bleed Myself...

Never fear! Ask us to evaluate your art. It’s often possible for us to add bleed to your art for as little as $10. We have special powers!

Bleed Zone:
Make sure to extend the background images or colors to the black line.

Trim Zone:
Everything outside of the magenta line will be trimmed off.

Safe Zone:
All critical elements (text, images, logos, etc.) must be kept inside the blue line.