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Guidelines on Sending Artwork

Artisan Press utilizes a Mac - based prepress workflow. Please review the following guidelines when creating and organizing your artwork. If you have any questions, call us at 712-258-0684 or email Artisan's Creative Services Department.

FTP Information

Call our Art Department at 712-258-0684 and we'll give you the login information..

File Formats

For final documents, PDFs are preferred. Please include .125" bleed, with crop marks. If you have any questions creating pdfs, please contact us. Vector art (Illustrator) files are preferred for artwork that is submitted for ad specialties. EPS files created in Photoshop is not vector art and will lose resolution when enlarged.

Supported Software:

  • Quark Xpress 7 or earlier
  • Adobe Photoshop CS5 or earlier
  • Adobe InDesign CS5 or earlier
  • Adobe Illustrator CS5 or earlier
  • PDFs created from Word, Excel, and Publisher

Print Project Management

  • Include all printer (postscript) and screen (bitmap) fonts.
  • Do not embed images into PageMaker documents. Include all original linked graphics.
  • Include all artwork (ie. photos, logos, clip art, etc.) required and place in the same folder as the output file. Be sure to include the correct linked versions.
  • Spelling and grammar are NOT checked on jobs provided by the customer.
  • Before sending your disk to Artisan Press, close all programs, remove disk from your computer, reinsert and open file(s) to make sure it works properly.
  • Always include a hard copy of your job.

Color Management

  • For best results, four color process images must be saved as CMYK tiff, eps, or high resolution jpg files.
  • All spot color names must be consistent, especially if more than one application is used to create your document. (CVC & CVU colors will not print out on the same plate). Run lasers of separations to check.
  • Because of trapping issues, please include all original eps and tiff files.


Images (CMYK or gray scale) that are saved as tiff files should be at least 300 dpi at actual size.


Your finished document should be the actual size (trim size) of the printed piece. Allow for bleeds of not less than 0.125". Layouts are prefered in printer's spreads or single pages.

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