The Glossary

Layout

  • Document Page Size
  • The document page size should be the same as the final trim size.

  • Bleeds
  • All bleeds should be extended at least 0.125” for offset printing.

  • Minimum Rule
  • Minimum rules size is 0.5 pt for positive and 1pt. for reverse or negative images. If guideline is not followed lines may appear broken. Do not use hairline rule.

Colours

  • Four Colour Process
  • Prints Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black to create full-colour image.

    Notes: Make sure colours are defined properly as spot or process build. Delete all unused colours. Spot colour names should be consistent throughout the job.

    Example: A colour in a graphic files named “Pantone 123CVC that is imported into a layout file that contains a colour named “Pantone 123 CV” will produce two (2) separate colour plates.

    All colours must either be converted to Process Colours (4CP) or appropriate Spot Colours. Use of RGB, Lab or Index Colours is not accepted.

    In most cases colours used above 5 colours will require additional print passes and significantly increases cost. If colours above 5 colours are required please consult your Dominie salesperson.

  • Spot Colours
  • Pantone PMS colours.

    Notes: Make sure colours are defined properly as spot or process build. Delete all unused colours. Spot colour names should be consistent throughout the job.

    Example: A colour in a graphic files named “Pantone 123CVC that is imported into a layout file that contains a colour named “Pantone 123 CV” will produce two (2) separate colour plates.

    All colours must either be converted to Process Colours (4CP) or appropriate Spot Colours. Use of RGB, Lab or Index Colours is not accepted.

    In most cases colours used above 5 colours will require additional print passes and significantly increases cost. If colours above 5 colours are required please consult your Dominie salesperson.

  • Process Plus Spot Colours
  • Prints CMYK plus additional spot colours.

    Notes: Make sure colours are defined properly as spot or process build. Delete all unused colours. Spot colour names should be consistent throughout the job.

    Example: A colour in a graphic files named “Pantone 123CVC that is imported into a layout file that contains a colour named “Pantone 123 CV” will produce two (2) separate colour plates.

    All colours must either be converted to Process Colours (4CP) or appropriate Spot Colours. Use of RGB, Lab or Index Colours is not accepted.

    In most cases colours used above 5 colours will require additional print passes and significantly increases cost. If colours above 5 colours are required please consult your Dominie salesperson.

Art Preparation

  • Platform
  • Macintosh
    PC Compatible

  • Software
  • QuarkXPress
    Adobe InDesign
    Adobe Illustrator
    Adobe Photoshop
    Adobe PDF. (High resolution only. No templates as part of graphics submitted.)

  • Images
  • Resolution of colour or black and white halftones should be at least twice the line screen that your job is printing at. All submitted files must be a minimum of 300 dpi for bitmap images (photos) and 600 dpi for vector images. Resolution of rasterised line art should be at least 600 dpi. Line art should be scanned at 1200 dpi. Please include all imported images used in the artwork with the design file. Images must be saved as CMYK or spot PMS colours, not RGB. Images should be saved as TIFF, EPS, AI or PSD. Do not send JPEG files as part of final art. Do not use web-resolution graphics as part of your artwork. Indicate any silhouettes. In QuarkXPress use a white fill for the picture box if the image is in TIFF format.

  • Fonts
  • Include all fonts used in your layout. Post Script (True Type or Multiple Master fonts are not recommended).
    Do not add styles to your fonts (such as Bold or Italic); use the actual font from the font family.

  • Pagination
  • A dummy or “mockup” should be supplied to illustrate the folds and pagination. Multi-page booklet pages must be created in double page spreads. These spreads must be created as a printer’s spread and not reader’s spread. (Numerically sequential).

  • Trapping
  • When trapping one colour to another, create a 0.125 point trap (0.25 stroke). You have the option of allowing prepress to create trapping. When submitting files request Dominie Press to trap spot colours during prepress.

  • Reverse Type
  • Because reverse type has a tendency to fill in, as with reverse lines, we recommend reverse type be no smaller than 5 point.

  • Colour Combination
  • Different amounts and consistencies of ink are required to achieve quality results with halftone dots and solid cover. Dominie Press recommends the mixing of solid colour and halftone printing within the same piece of film is minimized, or that the solid colour and halftone are separated into two plates rather than one.

  • Foil stampng/emboss
  • Files and film for foil stamping or embossing should be prepared so that the foil or embossing overprints graphics. We recommend selecting a clean open type font as foil has a tendency to fill in if type is too small or not open enough. Drop shadows behind foil are not recommended.

  • When in doubt ask!
  • Dominie Press is glad to assist your design group in properly preparing art files for print. We provide guidance to assist with bleeds and potential challenges as well as suggestions to aid your design group in achieving their design goals. We are glad to receive a PDF file for preliminary review and open a dialog to discuss potential challenges to the final printed product and the printing and finishing processes.

Art Submission

  • Overview
  • The preferred format to receive artwork for production is electronic files. As an alternate you may supply film. If you are planning to send us film, it is very important that your files and film are set up to our specifications. If your files are not set up properly, the corrections required will delay the project and subsequently, the deadline. Make sure all files are collected before burning CD or creating compressed archive for digital file transfer. Include a REFERENCE PDF and/or a hard-copy of the artwork with your art files, to allow prepress a reference during processing.

  • Native Files
  • In Quark, InDesign, Illustrator, etc. collect all layout files, all images, and all fonts

  • Fonts
  • Collect all screen and printer fonts used in your layout application. Collect all fonts used in graphics as well.

  • Graphic/Images
  • Collect all graphics/images files, even if they are embedded.

  • PDF Submission
  • Launch Adobe Distiller and Set Job Options in the print dialog as follows:

    1. General: Compatibility – Adobe Acrobat 4.0
    2. Format: Windows
    3. Compression: Do not resample or compress images.
      Uncheck all boxes.
    4. Fonts:
      Embed All Fonts.
      Subset all embedded fonts below 100%.
      When embedding fails – Cancel Job.
      Embedding – Base 14 fonts.
    5. Colour: Leave Color Unchanged.
    6. Advanced: Use Prologue .ps and Epilogue .ps (Windows)
      Drag postscript (.ps or ,prn) file to distiller window.

  • Naming
  • Send only files and fonts used within a document or job. Name files using only letters, numbers and underscores. Do not use symbol characters such as !#/$@*...etc.

  • Digital Proofs
  • Send lasers of your jobs or at a minimum include a PDF file. Indicated whether they were printed at 100% or reduced. If they are not colour lasers and there is colour in the job, please mark colour breaks on the laser.

  • Preferred Media
  • CD-R Write Once (session closed). DVD-R

  • Digital File Transfer
  • FTP (file transfer protocol) is available.
    Files sent via FTP must be compressed in an archive format.
    Stuffit (.SIT)
    Self-extracting archive (.SITX)
    .ZIP,PKZIP,Winzip

  • Email
  • Though accepted, there are challenges with sending files by email including security risks and limitations due to file size. Files sent via email must comply to the same transfer requirements as FTP.

Proofing Methods

  • PDF Proof
  • Though it is not 100% colour accurate, PDF proofing allows the customer to assure all art elements are present and provides an idea of what the finished product will look like. PDF proofing is not standard when manufacturing/printing packaging, however, upon customer approval PDF proofing is available, though only recommended when very fast turn times are required.

  • Digital Proof
  • Average of 70% colour accurate for coated stocks. Some client’s standards require a wet proof, or if uncoated stocks or fancy papers are used. Allows the customer to assure all art elements are present and provides an idea of what the finished product will look like. Additional transit time required for approvals. Additional cost required for this proofing method.

  • Plotter Proof
  • Average of 85% colour accurate for coated stocks. Some client’s standards require a wet proof, or if uncoated stocks or fancy papers are used. Allows the customer to assure all art elements are present and provides an idea of what the finished product will look like. Additional transit time required for approvals. Additional cost required for this proofing method.

  • Press Proof
  • Made directly from the plates. Colour accurate. Most costly. Most time required. Not recommended in most cases.