Do not design page layouts in Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel, Publisher. Font problems increase when using these programs.
Do not send images that are in a Word file. Image file extensions end with .jpeg, .jpg, .tif, .eps, .psd. They do not end with .doc, .docx, .dot
Do not design page layouts in Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop converts colors to 4 color process, which makes it difficult to separate colors when printing.
Do not use low resolution web graphics. The print quality is poor.
Do not use the transparency pallet to create a screened or tinted color. When creating a screened or tinted color, use the screen slider in the Color Swatch Pallet.
Do not copy images from the internet or another source and paste them into an InDesign document. Instead use the "Place" function.
Choose File > Place
Locate file to be placed
Do not skip page 1 when using the "Facing Pages" option when laying out a booklet. The single page 1 is the cover of the booklet and the single last page is the back cover.
Do not use international paper sizes (A4, A3) when creating a file. Use U.S. standard sizes (Letter 8.5 × 11 inches, Legal 8.5 × 14 inches, Tabloid 11 × 17 inches)
Do save a file at it’s final size. One to a page.
Do send a paper copy of your job along with your Printing Services request form.
Do send all fonts and images used in your file along with the file itself.
Do fill out the Printing Services request form as complete as possible.
Design Tips to Consider
When creating a 2 color job with black and another color, use the standard black color in your color swatch pallet, do not use Pantone Black from the Pantone Swatch Pallet.
If designing a file in Adobe Illustrator, outline the fonts before sending to Printing Services.
Change like Pantone Swatch colors to one color. For example, if your color pallet lists Pantone 201 C and Pantone 201 U, change them to one or the other. They may appear to be the same color, but the computer reads them as 2 colors.
If you are using black and white images, check to make sure they are set in "Greyscale" mode in Photoshop. Grey images set in "RGB" mode are not black.
When placing text on top of a solid color background, use a Sans Serif font (Helvetica). Serif fonts (Times) can fill in when there is a color heavy background.
If creating a file with multiple pages, use one file with multiple pages, not multiple files with one page in each.