PDF (Portable Document Format) is the most common and preferred file format for submitting digital documents. With the installation of a PDF print driver on your computer, virtually any program can generate a PDF file suitable for printing. Both commercial and free PDF print drivers are available online for download from different sources.
Although PDF files are recommonded, we do accept .TIFF, high resolution .JPG, .AI, .PSD, .PNG, & .EPS files too.
In printing terms, a proof is a one-off copy of your document after all modifications and printing setup processes have been completed. It is your last and best opportunity to make sure that the print job comes out the way you want. By carefully inspecting the proof, you can help us assure an accurate, flawless delivery of your print job on the first run.
Please note, that approving the proof is also you agreeing to the terms and conditions of the final product. Any mistakes or changes that you do not point out in the proof, will not be In The Mix's responsibility.
In short, printers and monitors produce colors in different ways. Monitors use the RGB (red, green, blue) color model, which usually supports a wider spectrum of colors. Printers use the CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) color model, which can reproduce most—but not all—of the colors in the RGB color model. Depending on the equipment used, CMYK generally matches 85–90% of the colors in the RGB model. When a color is selected from the RGB model that is out of the range of the CMYK model, the application chooses what it thinks is the closest color that will match. Programs like Adobe Photoshop will allow you to choose which color will be replaced. Others may not.
Make sure it's set at 300 dpi (do this prior to creating the art), set the file to CMYK mode, use bleeds and margins, outline/embed any and all fonts you use!
In printing, the term "bleed" refers to the area of a printed piece that extends beyond the edge of the finished page. This is done to ensure that any images or colors that run off the edge of the page will still be visible after the piece is cut down to its final size. For example, if a design contains a full-page background image that goes all the way to the edge of the page, it would be set up with a bleed to ensure that no white borders appear after the final trimming. This is a common practice in printing industry to avoid any misalignment or white borders around the image in the final product.