File Preperation Guide
Artwork Bleed

Print4aCause.com requires a minimum bleed of 0.125" on all four sides of your artwork. This is to ensure your printed product will be cut accurately. For example: if you are designing a 4" x 6" postcard, the artwork size should be 4.25" x 6.25"

Once bleed is added to your artwork, you must make sure that all important information such as text should remain 0.25" inside of all edges. All images and backgrounds that can extend to the edges of your artwork.

Color Mode

All artwork submitted to Print4aCause.com must be submitted using the CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black) Color Mode. CMYK is the color mode that printers use to produce all 4 color printed products. If you submit artwork using RGB or Pantone Colors, they will be automatically converted to CMYK prior to the job being entered into production.

Converting colors from one color mode to another may cause drastic color shifts, so be sure that the original artwork is being designed using CMYK.

Resolution

It is very important that all artwork is designed using a minimum setting of 300 dpi (Dots Per Inch). The higher the DPI setting, the higher the detail that can be producted onto your printed piece.

For your print job to be producted properly, the artwork must be created using 300 dpi setting, and can not be designed at a lower resolution and increased to a higher one. Doing so will result in your printed product being printed pixelated.

For most printed products, 300 dpi is the minimum resolution we accept, but it is recommended to increase the resolution for larger pieces such as posters or banners to a sharper resolution ranging from 300 to 1200 dpi

File Formats
Print4aCause.com accepts any of the following print-ready files
  • EPS
  • JPEG
  • JPG
  • PDF
  • PS
  • PSD
  • TIF
Print4aCause.com utilizes the entire Adobe Print Suite for print setup, below is a list of accepted programs
  • Adobe Photoshpo® CS
  • Adobe Illustrator® CS
  • Adobe InDesign® CS
  • Adobe PageMaker®
  • QuarkXpress®

We are also able to print from rastered files (.tiff, .jpeg, .jpg), created by any program as long as the Minimum Resolution, Color and Bleed requirements are met.

Fonts and Outlining

When submitting artwork to be printed, you must have all text outlined or rasterized.

If you are creating your artwork using Adobe Illustrator®:
  • Open your file with Adobe Illustrator®
  • Select all of the text in your file
  • Click on 'Type' on the top tool bar
  • Select 'Create Outlines' from the drop down box
  • Save your file and upload it with your order
If you are creating your artwork using Adobe Photoshop®:
  • Open your file with Adobe Photoshop®
  • Select all of the layers from the Layers Toolbar
  • Click on 'Layer' on the top tool bar
  • Place your cursor over 'Rasterize'
  • Select 'Rasterize Text' from the drop down box
  • Save your file and upload it with your order