File Preparation (flat printing only)

PDF files are easiest to handle, speed up your turnaround, and lessen setup or preparation costs. We prefer a PDF file with embedded or outlined fonts.

PACKAGING PROTOTYPES, SIgnage, and Foamcore boards

For an item to be cut out:

  • Dieline on a separate layer: CUT. Please set up your file with artwork on its layer. Remember to flatten ONLY ARTWORK LAYER before uploading.


  • The front and back can be in the same file as a multi-page document.
  • Please keep all text at least 0.125" inside the CUT dieline.
  • The standard bleed for prototype production is 0.125".
  • Layer your file accordingly: ARTWORK, CUT. Remember only to flatten the ARTWORK layer.
  • Always start and finish in CMYK color mode.
  • PMS colors: If you send a file with Pantone (spot) colors, the CMYK conversion will change the Pantone color. Before sending your order, ensure all Pantone colors have been converted to CMYK.
  • Always convert your spot color to CMYK and flatten it before sending it to avoid a transparency issue. 
  • Artwork files should be at 300 dpi. If possible, please note in the Additional Information field if your image is low-quality and is for placement only.
  • We recommend saving it as a PDF file. You may also send the file in the following types: JPG, JPEG, TIF, TIFF, and EPS.
  • All Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop-originated files (EPS) may need conversion before production, and this service will be added to your invoice—cost ranges from $12.50 - $75 per file. Our system runs on a PC platform - please save your file accordingly.