Prepping Your Files


Tips For Success

Southwest Offset Printing is your expert source for information, answers and strategies to help ensure the success of your next printing job. Here you'll find useful guidelines for preparing files for pre-press, as well as information to help you address and avoid common color and quality issues.

Checklist

Before you send us your files, please take a moment to double check that your files have been prepared correctly. Download our PDF for the latest specification.

Artwork

Southwest Offset Printing Company accepts artwork via FTP or InSite web-based remote proofing system. If you supply us with a portable drive, files should be accompanied by a color or black and white laser printout.

For Black & White Print Jobs

A maximum of 80% shadow dot and minimum 5% highlight dot on all grayscale images. Halftones: 100-175 line screen.

For Color Print Jobs

4-Color web printing rotation: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black (CMYK). Standard AA inks used. Total density of ink must not exceed 240% for coldset or 280% for heatset. 100-175 line screen.

Software

Windows Macintosh

Indesign

Indesign

QuarkXpress 

QuarkXpress 

Illustrator 

Illustrator 

Photoshop 

Photoshop 

Acrobat 

Acrobat 

Hardware  

We accept most portable media

 

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