The following check-list will help ensure that your files are print-ready. We recommend that you read the information in the File Setup tab for each product, instead of simply relying on this check-list.
  • We accept the following file formats: .TIF, .TIFF, .EPS, .AI, .PSD, .BMP, .GIF, .JPG, .PNG, .PDF.
  • Be sure that all files have been converted to CMYK color mode.
  • All images need to be uploaded at a resolution of 350 dpi (signage should be 150 dpi).
  • Please provide the correct bleed. For the bleed for your product, refer to the bleed section.
  • Outline all fonts when working in Illustrator, embed fonts in other programs, and flatten all layers when working in Photoshop.
  • Include all files needed to process the job: page layout files, imported images, fonts and other support files.
  • Please compress your file(s) (2MB or larger) before uploading your files. If you do not have a file compression program, you can download one by clicking on this link.
Please refer to the chart below for the spine width of your booklet/catalog.

Stock/Caliper (in.)

Page Count (excluding covers)

70 lb. Offset Opaque 0.00535

Recycled 80 lb. 0.00365

80 lb. Gloss Book 0.00345

100 lb. Gloss Book 0.0046

Spine Width (in.)

Spine Width (in.)

Spine Width (in.)

Spine Width (in.)

44 0.1188 0.0803 0.0759 0.1012
48 0.1296 0.0876 0.0828 0.1104
52 0.1404 0.0949 0.0897 0.1196
56 0.1512 0.1022 0.0966 0.1288
60 0.1620 0.1095 0.1035 0.1380
64 0.1728 0.1168 0.1104 0.1472
68 0.1836 0.1241 0.1173 0.1564
72 0.1944 0.1314 0.1242 0.1656
76 0.2052 0.1387 0.1311 0.1748
80 0.2160 0.1460 0.1380 0.1840
84 0.2268 0.1533 0.1449 0.1932
88 0.2376 0.1606 0.1518 0.2024
92 0.2484 0.1679 0.1587 0.2116
96 0.2592 0.1752 0.1656 0.2208
100 0.2700 0.1825 0.1725 0.2300
  NOTE: 1 Sheet = 2 Pages (front and back) *These numbers are approximate values of the spine's width in relation to page count. Actual final size cannot be guaranteed as variations occur during the binding process.

What color profile should I use when working with Ai, PS, PDF, and JPG? You should select the GRACol2006_Coated1v2.icc color profile to ensure your final printed product matches your design.

How important is it to convert my files to CMYK? It is imperative that you convert your files to CMYK, since this is the only color mode that we accept for printing. Any other color mode will not produce optimal printing results. Most commercial printers accept RGB images, however, using images that are in RGB color mode may ruin the appearance of the final printed material.
What is CMYK? CMYK indicates Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Keyline (Black). These 4 colors of ink are used for offset printing. Cyan is a shade of blue found in the 4 primary color printing process. Magenta is a shade of hot pink found in the basic 4 color printing process.

What is the acceptable color mode? We require that you provide us with print-ready digital files in CMYK color mode. Provide all black and white artwork in grayscale color mode. We do not accept any other color mode.

What are the color options? Color options for pre-press printing are divided into three categories: Full Color Front/Full Color Back, or Four over Four (4/4): Four-color print job with color on both sides of the paper. Full Color Front/Grayscale Back, or Four over One (4/1): Full-color print job on the front, and black and white (grayscale) on the back. Full Color Front/Blank Back, or Four over Zero (4/0): Four-color print job on the front, and no printing on the back.

Basic CMYK

Crop Marks (Guide Marks):

Lines printed in the margin of sheet that indicates to the cutter and bindery where the finished product should be trimmed. They are also used to show what part of a photo should be used and what part should be cropped off. glghhhhrks
0:4 (0 over 4) - 1 sided full color on back envelope flap 4:4 (4 over 4) - 2 sided full color on front and on back 4:1 (4 over 1) - 2 sided full color on front, black on back 4:0 (4 over 0) - 1 sided full color on front 5:0 (5 over 0) - 1 sided full color on front 5:1 (5 over 1) - 2 sided full color on front, black on back 4:5 (4 over 5) - 2 sided full color on front and full color on back 5:4 (5 over 4) - 2 sided full color on front and full color on back 5:5 (5 over 5) - 2 sided full color on front and on back gcrssrgfsdrd3


The mixture of clay materials that are applied to paper to improve the smoothness of the paper's surface and improve ink holdout during the printing process. Examples are Aqueous coating (AQ) and UV coating. UV coating adds a gloss finish to the product and also improves the vibrancy of the printed colors. Spot-UV can be applied to selected portions of the piece, while keeping the rest a matte finish. gdfggdhggffddng