Howard Press Printing Inc.
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Print File Submission
How do I submit files for printing with you?

The basic and easiest answer to this question is that you supply a PRINT READY .PDF file. We recommended a minimum of 300dpi, converted to CMYK colorspace, all fonts outlined AND embedded. Specify your trim area with crop marks (Don't place crop marks inside the work area). Make sure you have a minimum of 1/8" (0.125") BLEED on all edges of your job, and a 1/8" (0.125") SAFE area that has all critical design element such as text, pulled away from trim.

Following these guidelines, and CAREFULLY CHECKING THE RESULTING PDF before uploading will greatly reduce the possibility of error and accelerate your job through production.

Please send files to:

PDF print ready files:

  • Minimum resolution of 300 dpi
  • CMYK colorspace
  • All fonts outlined and embedded
  • Specify trim area with crop marks (Don't place crop marks inside the work area)
  • Artwork should have 1/8" (0.125") bleed from trim line
  • Information content ("Safe Area") should be 1/8" (0.125") away from trim line.

What file formats do you accept?

We accept the following file formats below, keep in mind anything other than (.pdf ) files will incur additional charges. A properly prepared PDF file will greatly reduce processing time and error on your proofs, as opposed to working with external elements such as fonts, images, and layout files

Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)
Adobe InDesign (CS2, CS3, CS4)
Adobe Illustratyor (.ai)
Adobe Photoshop (.psd) (CS2 or CS3)
Quark Express (.qxd) (6.0 or 7.0)

All fonts, graphics, illustrations & photos must be attached to the file.

How much bleed do you require?

We require a minimum of 1/8" (0.125") bleed on all projects.

This will add 1/4" (0.25") to your overall image area, on both dimensions.
If you wanted to print a 3.5" x 2" standard business card with image all the way to the edge, you would need to submit a file 3.75" x 2.25".


We can e-mail you a template for your printing project. It is best to use one of our templates, to insure cutting, margins and folding are accurate.  If you use your layout template and cutting or folding is not accurate we will not be held responsible.

Artwork with borders

It is common for designers to place their borders too close to the trim line. Art borders that are not within the specified safe area may result in an uneven border on the final trim, therefore it is important that enough clearance should be provided. Safe area contains all critical elements/information of an artwork that cannot risk being cut off, and is any area that is 1/8" (.125") from within the trim line.

Converting from Pantone Spot colors to CMYK

Often times, there is a dramatic color shift when converting from Pantone spot colors to CMYK. This is because spot colors are made of only one custom color and are very expensive. Using the process printing method, we are able to make thousands of colors from just four inks, but some colors fall outside the range of what can be simulated.
Because of CMYK's limited color gamut, the simulation of any particular pantone ink will sometimes not be an accurate conversion.

It is best to convert all spot colors to CMYK in your setup program.

How can I tell which side UV or AQ coating will be applied to?

In the case of UV 1 Side jobs, or AQ 1 Side jobs, the odd pages in your .pdf proof will always be the coating surfaces. For example in a single-version postcard, page 1 would be coated. In the case of a 3 version business card, pages 1, 3, and 5, would be coated. Please keep this in mind when reviewing your proof. If you have ANY unresolved questions about how your job will coat, please DO NOT approve your proof and get your question answered first. You will be held responsible for checking the coating sides of your proof from us.

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