- But I only have Microsoft Office and need to use Word, PowerPoint or Excel! Microsoft Office files (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel) often cause problems, so we would prefer that you send PDFs instead. Recent versions of Office can create easily create PDFs and we are happy to help walk you through the process of creating PDFs from them. Carefully check every page of the PDFs to be sure nothing has changed from how they looked in Office! If you are unable to create PDFs we can usually work from Office files but it will add a minimum of one day to the production time.
- What resolution do I need? For close viewing distances raster image components should be 100ppi at the print size. Hard-edged raster components (e.g. text done in Photoshop) can be up to 200 ppi at the print size. For longer viewing distance banners and signs you can go lower without any visible difference.
- What about color matching? The short answer is that we use an ICC color managed workflow for consistent and predictable output. We honor embedded input profiles and if there are none we assign our defaults of U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) v2 for CMYK, ColorMatch RGB for RGB, and Dot Gain 20% for grayscale. We do not adjust your files to "improve" the color. Please see the color matching section in the Guidelines for more information.
- Any other set up considerations? Send every individual print as a separate page or file. We will gang up and/or impose them to get the best use of material. If you are creating for a multi page small format order set it up as reader spreads, not printer spreads. And don't forget that blank pages are just as important as printed pages.
What is the difference between a Sign and a Poster with the same materials? The differences are in print speed/quality, acceptable imperfections in the finished product, and price. Please see Choosing between a sign and a poster in the Guidelines for more information.