• File Formats
     
    The Print Shop prefers PDF documents. PDF files are easier to handle and will likely speed up your turn-around time. Remember to add crop marks before sending.
     
    We also accept jpeg, psd, tiff, ti, eps, indd and ai file types. Files formatted in Microsoft Word, Publisher, and Powerpoint are not typically suitable for print and may require additional pre-press time and fees may apply. When creating in these programs, please export to a PDF before submitting for print. Below are some commonly used file extensions and their definitions:

     Illustrator ai (Adobe Illustrator)
    Drawing created with Adobe Illustrator, a vector graphics editing program; composed of paths connected by points, rather than bitmap image data; commonly used for logos and print media. Since Illustrator image files are saved in a vector format, they can be enlarged without losing any image quality. Some third-party programs can open AI files, but they may rasterize the image, meaning the vector data will be converted to a bitmap format.
     EPS eps (Encapsulated PostScript)
    EPS is a format that wraps all artwork (vector and bitmapped) in PostScript code. EPS is the standard format for the graphics industry because of it’s scalability and excellent print quality. When you place an EPS file in an application, it’s protected from any major changes to its structure: You’re able to scale the artwork, but you cannot down-size the resolution, change the type or colors in the art, or crop correctly.
     GIF gif (Graphics Interchange Format)
    Gifs are common format for Web graphics, especially small images and images that contain text, such as navigation buttons. Gif files lack the color range to be used for high-quality photos.

     JPG jpeg or jpg (Joint Photographic Experts Group)
    Jpegs support up to 24-bit color, which makes them a good format for storing digital photos. Jpegs are the best format for compressing photographic images.
     INDD indd (Adobe InDesign)
    Professional page layout project created with Adobe InDesign; includes page formatting information, page content, linked files, styles, and swatches; used for creating and formatting books, magazines, newspapers, flyers, brochures, etc.
     PDF pdf (Portable Document Format)
    A PDF is useful for saving artwork featuring precise layout and a significant amount of formatted text. PDF’s preserve fonts and formatting electronically across multiple platforms and appear the same on the screen as they will when printed on paper. PDF documents will save layers in your artwork, making it easy for you to return to applications such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator to edit your artwork.
     PSD psd (Photoshop Document)
    Adobe Photoshop’s native file format. You must have Adobe Photoshop to open this type of document. Psd’s may include image layers, adjustment layers, layer masks, annotation notes, file information, keywords, and other Photoshop-specific elements. Photoshop documents support RGB, CMYK, grayscale, monochrome, duotone, indexed color, Lab color, and multichannel color modes.
     TIFF tiff or tif (Tag Image File Format)
    Tiff is an industry standard designed for the handling of raster or bitmapped images. It can save black-and-white, grayscale, index color (256 color), RGB, LAB, and CMYK images. Just about any application that can read bitmapped art will open TIFF files. The attractive aspect of TIFF files is that once placed in a program, you can edit, scale, and manipulate all aspects of the artwork.
     ZIP zip (WinZip)
    “Zipping” files compresses them allowing for smaller file sizes for sending, also known as “zipped.” A special kind of zipped file is self-extracting and ends with a “.exe” extension. Windows users can create ZIP archives by right-clicking a file and selecting “Send to > Compressed (zipped) Folder.” Mac OS X users can create ZIP archives by right-clicking a file and selecting “Compress [filename].”