R2 Graphics, Inc. | File Preparation Guidelines

File Preparation Guidelines


Prepress Guidelines

Great printing requires great files. With today’s software changing rapidly, it can be difficult to create files that print just the way you want them to.

We prefer high resolution, flattened PDF files with 1/8″ bleeds all around and crops.

Generally all files should be in CMYK color space.

Images for small format work should be at least 300dpi at final size. Images for large format work can be lower but should be above 125 depending on image types.

Multi-page booklets should be un-imposed in reading order.

If you are unsure about how to create proper print files, we recommend you contact our pre-press department prior to sending your print files.


Here is a guide to transparency from Adobe.

Adobe Transperancy Design Guide

1. What type of files does R2 Graphics accept?
We recommend sending high resolution PDF or EPS files with fonts outlined. We can also output JPEG’s, TIFF’s and other formats. R2 Graphics maintains the latest versions of most major software on Mac and Windows platforms.
2. What resolution should artwork be?
Generally speaking, small format (12×18 & under) files should be at 300dpi at final size and files for large format output (over 12×18) should be at 150 dpi.
3. Do my files need bleed and/or crops?
All jobs that have artwork “bleeding” off the edge need to have bleeds (extra artwork that will be trimmed off) added. A standard bleed setting would be 1/8″ all the way around (total of 1/4″). So a 8.5″x11″ sell sheet with bleeds would actually be 8.75″x11.25″. Crops are helpful as well. We also do not recommend any critical text or artwork within 1/4″ “safety margin” of the edge of the printed piece. Although our staff and equipment are top notch, allowing for slight movement in the printing and bindery process is standard and always a good idea.