♦ We use the latest versions of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, CImpack, and CorelDraw for our design. Vector formats (.ai or pdf. cdr) files are preferred.
♦ If you have images, please include all original source image files from Photoshop or other programs, including original layered Photoshop files. These will be necessary if modifications are needed or there are problems with the file.
Photoshop files should be saved at 100% size at minimum 150-300 pixels per inch resolution. Image mode should be CMYK.
♦ Clean up files before sending. Eliminate all unused graphic elements and colors.
Wherever possible, delete objects instead of hiding them in a mask or unused layer. Avoid multiple masks.
♦ Flexo printing on corrugated requires custom trapping and file adjustments. For this reason we prefer all files to be send as Illustrator files. Do not use transparency or other special effects within Illustrator. Identify all colors used in the file. Keep all layers in the file and do not flatten. Files should be sent at 100% of final size.
♦ All fonts should be converted to outlines. Various font formats could generate inconsistencies.
♦ Try to avoid using typefaces with fine lines and serifs. These tend to fill in when printed. If used, they may require manipulation to facilitate printing. These will be evaluated when a proof is received. The following minimum requirements apply:
♢ Minimum type size: 8pt positive, 10pt reverse
♢ Minimum size for ©®™: 3mm positive, 4mm reverse
♢ Line thickness: 1pt positive, 3pt reverse
♦ If an approved dieline has been supplied by BOXMaster, please ensure that the artwork is created on the PRINT SIDE of the dieline. Most dielines are created showing the INSIDE VIEW. Simply flip the dieline over to work on the print side view.
Do not apply any trapping to your job. This will be done according to press specifications.
♦ All disk files must be accompanied by a colour hard copy of the file on the disk (this can be a reduced proof). Email and internet transfers should include a PDF proof.
♦ If PDF files are being submitted as artwork, do not use any security. All fonts must be outlined.