Digital File Requirements

The following file formats are acceptable for production:

  • Adobe Acrobat (PDF) - Make sure you embed all fonts and choose hi-res settings for all images, as well as include bleed if applicable. A good export standard would be [PDF/X-4:2008].
  • Adobe Illustrator (AI or EPS) - Make sure to supply fonts or outline fonts and embed or supply all raster images.
  • Adobe Photoshop (PSD, TIF or JPG) - Please do not lower the quality of JPG files when saving out; use Maximum Quality (12) setting.
  • Quark Express & InDesign - Make sure to collect for output/package the file and include all fonts and graphics.

The following pixel quality is required for all raster files to achieve optimal results:

  • 300ppi at 100% of size for print work
  • 150ppi at 100% of size for photo quality posters
  • 100ppi at 100% of size for large format signage and banners

PDQ Printing Shop Standards

  • Our standard bleed is .125 inches all around your finished trim size
  • Our standard live area is .25 inches inside your finished trim size
  • Our rich black formula is 60% cyan, 40% magenta, 40% yellow, 100% black