General file specifications

Specific program instructions:

Adobe InDesign up to CS5
QuarkXPress up to 8.5
Adobe Photoshop up to CS5
Adobe Illustrator up to CS5
Macromedia Freehand MX up to 11
CorelDraw up to 11 and EPS from 12
Microsoft Publisher and Word up to 2003 (native Microsoft files have a $10 processing fee)

Blank templates for 4-color business cards are available

    Click here for very important notes on color

    Prepping File

    1. We accept either Mac based or compatible PC files.

    2. List of accepted programs and file formats click here
      NOTE: Text that is raster-based will be "screened" or "halftoned". For best results on text, it should be typeset in one of the vector-based programs we accept.
    3. The effective resolution on raster based images must be 300-350 dpi.
    4. The effective resolution on line-art needs to be 1200 dpi.
    5. All colors and graphics must be converted to either process CMYK or grayscale (not RGB or spot color) for 4-color process printing, and spot color (not CMYK or RGB) for spot color printing.
    6. Bleeds must be 1/8".
    7. A 1/8" margin from the trim edge for critical text should be kept.
    8. Large black solid areas should have the CMYK percentages of 40% Cyan, 40% Magenta, 20% Yellow, and 100% Black.
    9. Text in Illustrator, InDesign, Freehand, and Corel Draw must be converted to outlines, curves, or paths.
    10. Include all applicable fonts and linked graphics in the folder with your file.

      Use an envelope that will protect your disks, artwork and/or pictures.
      Ace Printing, Inc. is not responsible for damaged or lost artwork/disks.
      All art/disks will be returned upon request at an additional charge.