Art Guidelines

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Bleeds - Any element that will print up to the edge of the final trimmed piece must extend beyond the edge of the page by at least 1/8 of an inch in the layout program. This bleed allows for normal variances in the printing and finishing processes, while keeping the look of your final project intact. If the element were to stop exactly where the trim was, a variance as small as 1/64th of an inch in the cutting would result in a noticeable white line showing.

Single Pages - Do not submit artwork for books in any type of spreads or other imposition. If you need to be able to see alignment of crossover elements from one page to a successive one, set up your document as Single Facing Pages, so that each page is separate, but pairs are placed side by side. By way of example, if your publication is an 8.5x11 book, your layout should be two 8.5x11 pages with no gap between them, as opposed to a single 17x11 spread, with data for each page on a side of the spread. Documents submitted as "Readers", "Printers" or any other type of spread will take significantly longer to process, and could result in a delay of job delivery.

Page Size - The page size used in your document should be the same as the final trim size of your printed piece. Floating a piece in the middle of a bigger sheet can sometimes result in inaccurate centering in the layout, and should be avoided.


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