Our basic pricing is based on receiving print-ready files, and we've listed some guidelines below. If you need help, we offer excellent services.
The best way for us to reproduce your file exactly is to file as a PDF. This will ensure that your document prints exactly as you designed it. Include both the front and back as a 2 page document or in the case of booklets or newsletters you can create your file in multiple pages as needed. Pages should be sized to the final size that you would like your piece to be printed.
Guidelines for print-ready files-
For an image to print properly, the image resolution must be at least 300 dots per inch (DPI).
Resolution, also known as DPI (Dots Per Inch) or PPI (Pixels Per Inch) can be described as the number of dots that fit horizontally and vertically into a one-inch space. Generally, the more dots per inch, the more detail captured and the sharper the resulting image.
If your file is not 300 DPI, you cannot simply increase a low resolution image to a higher one by increasing the DPI in your imaging program. The resulting image will be blurry.
The preferred format for submitting print ready files is as a PDF.
Converting files to PDF can be achieved through most software programs used to create collateral such as MS Word, Publisher, InDesign, Quark, and through some free online editors such as Google docs. Consult the help files of your software to learn more about preparing PDF files for print. If you need help, we offer prepress services to help you check and convert your files.
TTP Enterprises' state-of-the-art production facility utilizes the latest digital print technology. We prefer that your files are prepared in CMYK color mode so that we can ensure the best quality possible when printing.
Bleeds and Margins
By default, most collateral will include a 1/4 inch white margin on 4 sides of each page. When preparing your files please include this minimum margin on all artwork.
If you prefer, your artwork can extend to the edges of the page. In printing terms this is referred to as a " full bleed". To achieve this, you will need to make some adjustments to your print ready files before submitting them by extending the artwork outside the margins. Build in 1/4 inch bleed into all documents requiring a full bleed. If a bleed is not provided a 1/4 inch margin will be added.
Adding Your Collateral to Your Catalogue
Once you have completed preparing your print ready file, you are ready to add your collateral to your catalogue:
Step 1) (1) Select your format.
Step 2)You will then be presented with format specific options based on your selection including:
(2) Name, (3) Code, (4) Description - Providing a name is mandatory, a code and description will allow for ease in identification and reordering.
(5) Size/Layout - Select the size for your finished print piece.
(6) Orientation - Portrait (Vertical) or Landscape (Horizontal)
(7) Color - Choose full color or black only (Grayscale) for each side or none if there is no printing on the second side.
(8) Paper - Choose from the available paper options for your format. For more information about paper weights and finishes click here.
(9) Finishing options - Fold, trim and packaging options vary per piece.
Choose the selections that best fit your requirements for your print project by using the radio buttons and checkboxes next to each option. If any of these terms are unfamiliar you can reference our Printing Terminology Page for more information.
Note: If you are creating collateral from a template many of these options have been predetermined, therefore some options may be greyed out.
Step 3) Select the radio button labeled (10) I want to upload a print ready PDF file as a finished collateral piece, then click (11) Choose File - this will open up a dialogue box which allows you to locate the file on your computer for upload into your library for you to order at any time.
You can also add a thumbnail visual to appear next to the activity for easy reference. Simply upload a jpeg representation of the file (we recommend an image around 200 pixels in width)
After you have selected the files for your activity, click (12) Save and your collateral piece is immediately saved to your catalogue page. The intelligence built into MACH3 will add the activity to the appropriate tab in your Ready To Print catalogue( i.e. when logged in as a manager your activity will be added to your company tab).
What do I do If I don't have a PDF?
If you have an image file that is not a PDF (such as a high resolution jpeg), you can create a piece by using the 3rd radio button labeled (13) I want to upload artwork files to create a finished collateral piece.
Note: images uploaded in this way will be resized to fit the chosen format so it is best to check that your image is the correct dimensions for your selection.
Use the (14) drop down menu to select the file type you will be uploading
Use the (15) Choose File button to locate the files you would like to use for the front and then for the back of your piece.
Click (16) Save to add your collateral piece to your catalogue as you have created it. You can preview your collateral by selecting view sample next to the item in your catalogue.