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  Software Compatibility & Tips:

There are more variations in software packages than we could list on our site. Below are some of the most common problems we encounter. We strongly recommend you check with us before possibly making a costly mistake. Call Anna or email at orders@inkspotprinting.com. The software listed below are the major file formats we accept (PC format).

  • Adobe PageMaker 6.5
  • Adobe Photoshop CS4
  • Adobe Illustrator CS4
  • Microsoft Word
  • Corel Draw 8
  • MS Publisher 97 or 98
  • Preferred Format: High Resolution PDF File, Composite & Color separated.

Contact Anna and we will assist you in creating a high resolution PDF file.

If you are using a format other than those listed, please contact us as we have many other formats to choose from. We accept CD's , USB Sticks and e-mailed files.

Font Problems

The number one problem with digital file transfer in the printing industry is font conflicts. These conflicts can almost always be avoided by sending the printer fonts, or by converting the text to outlines (illustrator) or curves (Corel Draw). Type 1 Adobe fonts are recommended because there are occasional conflicts with True Type Fonts.


Line Art

It is better to scan a larger image and reduce that than to scan a smaller image and enlarge. Generally a 300 dpi to 400 dpi file is sufficient when the image is used in a 1:1 ratio. Text does not scan and reproduce well. All scanned files should be saved in the TIFF format. Line Art with screens (shaded areas) should always be redrawn for the best quality instead of being scanned. Scanning plugs the screens and makes blotchy areas in your artwork.

Black and White Photographs

When scanning black and white photos or converting color photos to black and white, they should be scanned with a resolution of 300 dpi if the image is to be used in a 1:1 ratio or smaller. Files should always be saved in TIFF format.

*do not attempt to color in or correct your photos or use any other filter such as sharpen, auto correct or duotone without a proper calibrated monitor. Every monitor is different.. At InkSpot we calibrate our monitors frequently to match output devices and printed samples to over 98% accuracy.

Color Photographs

When scanning color photos for full color printing, scans should be made at 300 dpi to 400 dpi if the photo is to be used in a 1:1 ratio or smaller. Photos should be saved as TIFF images in tha CMYK mode. Photos from the internet are not a good choice for printing. They are usually only 72 dpi images and the quality is too poor for printing. They possibly could work in a document in which you are going to reduce the image at least 75%.

Color Separations

Color separations, to be considered camera ready art, must have a black and white printout of each color used. In addition, print a composite proof which shows all printed colors in their correct positions. Film negatives are required on close register jobs. Close register jobs are those in which 2 or more colors print side by side in a small area or overlap forming a color trap. The film needs to be a minimum of 1270 dpi, color separated, emulsion side down, and include crop marks and cross hairs. Check with us for the correct line per inch screen to use if photographs or shading is being used.

Digital Photographs

Below is a guideline for furnishing digital photographs for printing. It shows the maximum size photographs we can print** according to the type of digital camera you use.

ALWAYS CHOOSE: Best Quality or Lowest Compression (large file size).

NEVER ALLOW: Compression over 10:1.

DO NOT: Try to Edit Photos on Your Computer.

**Digital Photo Print Guide
Megapixels Image Size (Pixels) Printed Size (Inches)
2 1224 x 1632 6.1 x 8.2
3 1536 x 2048 7.7 x 10.2
4 1704 x 2272 8.5 x 11.4
5 1944 x 2592 9.7 x 13.0
6 2048 x 3072 10.2 x 15.4
8 2236 x 3504 11.2 x 17.5


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