Here you will find answers to your questions about Performance Copying & Printing. Please contact us with any questions that are not answered here.
- How do I request a price quote?
- How do I place an order?
- How do I send multiple files at one time?
- What kind of bleed does my file need?
- How close to the edge can I set my text?
- Do I need to add crop marks?
- What is the difference between Black and Rich Black?
- Can I set up my text as a Rich Black?
- What is the preferred file format?
- What .pdf settings should I use to save the file?
- How do I send native files properly?
- Can I submit Microsoft Office files?
- Can I have Transparency in my file?
- How can I keep my printed piece from looking purple when I want blue?
- Should I set up my file as a RGB or CMYK file?
- Will my printed job look like what I see on my monitor?
- What resolution should my files be?
How do I request a price quote?
- Click this link to get a quote.
- Fill out the contact form and click the submit button.
- If you prefer, please send an e-mail with your specifications along with your contact information to: or call us at 941-351-5500.
- E-mail your file and instructions along with your company/contact info and your P.O. (if required) to:
- If your file is over 10 mb, please upload the file to our FTP site.
- Click link here: File Upload.
- Fill out the required information and click submit.
How do I send multiple files at one time?
If you are uploading a project with numerous support files, please compress them into one file using Winzip or Stuffit (or follow the instructions at the bottom of the page).
Zip a file or Folder
Locate the file or folder that you want to zip.
Press and hold (or right-click) the file or folder, select (or point to) Send to, and then select Compressed (zipped) folder. A new zipped folder with the same name is created in the same location.
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Right-click on a file, folder, or files you want to zip.
Select “Compress Items”
Find the newly created .zip archive in the same directory.
What kind of bleed does my file need?
- For most jobs we require at least .125" (1/8") bleed
How close to the edge can I set my text?
- We suggest keeping text at least .188" away from the edge.
- Please include crop marks in your .pdf so we can accurately cut your job.
What is the difference between Black and Rich Black?
- Rich black uses more colors to make the black look more solid and deep.
- 100% black should be used for text, and finer line details. Rich black. should be used for things that need to pop, or has a decent size coverage. Avoid rich black for text due to registration issues.
- Rich black values are as follows.
- Cyan: 20%
- Magenta: 10%
- Yellow: 10%
- Black: 100%
Can I set up my text as a Rich Black?
- Set up text as 100% Black whenever possible. This will eliminate fuzzy, out of registration text. When black text is made with all 4 colors, it is difficult to perfectly register on such a small area, especially serif fonts with intricate details.
What is the preferred file format?
- We suggest submitting .pdf files with outlined fonts. Add your crop marks and then flatten your file before submitting your order.
- You can also send native file formats: .ai, .indd, .psd, .qxd, .eps. Please include all supporting files (i.e. fonts and images)
- There are other options to send files but it may result in lower quality: .jpg, .jpeg, .tiff, & Microsoft Office files.
What .pdf settings should I use to save the file?
- Save the .pdf as a Acrobat 5.0 (.pdf 1.4) compatible file.
- Click this link: https://get.adobe.com/reader/ to download Acrobat.
- Be sure to proof the .pdf that you create for errors. If you do find errors they must be corrected before submitting for printing.
How do I send native files properly?
- Package files with all fonts, pictures, and links used in the file. We need ALL components used to create your file, so that we can open it correctly on our end.
- If you are sending us multiple files, please use WinZip or Stuffit to create an archived file.
Can I submit Microsoft Office files?
- Yes, but we must make a .pdf and have you approve the file, due to file formatting issues.
- Beware of color shift. Colors tend to look more purple when printing from Microsoft products.
- We prefer if you send us .pdf files.
Can I use transparency effects in my file?
- Flatten ALL transparency to avoid problems.
- Do not use transparency, blending modes, or effects with spot colors. Always convert your spot color to CMYK and flatten before submitting your order.
- Try to avoid multiple transparencies, blending modes and effects in your document.
How can I keep my printed piece from looking purple when I want blue?
- There should be at least a 30 point difference between cyan and magenta in the file, otherwise it may print purple.
- Printing from Microsoft applications tend to make blues look more purple.
Should I set up my file as a RGB or CMYK file?
- We print in CMYK. Set up every job in CMYK color mode. If you work in RGB, convert your file to CMYK before print, or you may experience a large color shift. Monitor display will not accurately predict how a printed CMYK document will look.
Will my printed job look like what I see on my monitor?
- No, Computer monitors display images in RGB, meaning that the colors are made from a combination of Red, Green, and Blue plus brightness (light and dark) and projected on your monitor. Print media is mostly composed up of CMYK values, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black. Therefore, your monitor will not give you a very accurate representation of what the print output will be. Color for print is produced by reflective color, meaning the color is produced by the light hitting and reflecting that color back. DO NOT rely on your computer monitor to match printed output. Since a monitor and print are very different, it is always wise to proof your project before a run, to assure color issues are taken care of before the job is completed.
- Large differences in printer and monitor calibration also make it very difficult to accurately match color from a monitor to print.
If your print job is color sensitive, request a proof first!
What resolution should my files be?
- We suggest that your files be at least 300 dpi.