Full Color Printing File Prep and FAQ

Turnaround times

Turnaround times may vary depending on the product. Look for this information in the product item page. Please keep in mind these are estimated turnaround times only. We are not responsible for turnaround times.

2 Day turnaround orders should be in before 9:30 am for same day processing ( This does not mean they will be completed same day, this means the order will be processed and prepared to be printed). If the order is submitted after 9:30 am the order will be processed next day.

2-4 Day turnaround orders should be submitted before 12:00 pm for same day processing ( This does not mean they will be completed same day, this means the order will be processed and prepared to be printed). If the order is submitted after 12:00 pm the order will be processed next day.

5-7 Day turnaround orders should be submitted before 12:00 pm for same day processing ( This does not mean they will be completed same day, this means the order will be processed and prepared to be printed). If the order is submitted after 12:00 pm the order will be processed next day.

WSI Prints cannot guarantee turnaround completion times. The turnaround times described for all products are estimated. WSI Prints is not responsible for turnaround completion times. These turnaround times may also vary during high season or holiday dates. Please be aware production time and delivery or shipping may be effected at these times.

For pickup orders:

Please keep in mind to add an additional delivery day to all pickup orders. All orders are placed in a pending delivery stage after the printing is completed, they are prepared for delivery to our office from our warehouse the next day.

FILE PREP

Files must be submitted in “PRESS-READY” format. Your files must conform to the following:

• 300 dpi resolution (100 dpi for banners)
• CMYK or Grayscale TIFF, EPS, PDF
• QuarkXpress, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Freehand
• Postcript Type 1 fonts
Files that are not “PRESS-READY” will be subject to a fee. To avoid this fee as well as production delays, please have your files prepared for output before sending them. Unless you have already selected us to design your artwork, please disregard this.

An 1/8″ bleed is required on all files submitted. Please also keep all text and important information/images at least 1/8″ inside the trim line. Cutting CAN and WILL vary, up to 1/8″, so if you design your card with thin borders or with text/images close to the edge, please be aware that they may be trimmed off.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does “PRESS-READY” mean?
“Press-Ready” means that your files are ready to be processed into plates for use in our Press. Not all software can save files in a Press-Ready format.

What file formats/applications* are supported by Press?
NOTE: We accept files saved at high quality 300dpi resolution from any program as a TIFF, PDF or EPS.
QuarkXpress/InDesign: Send all PostScript Type 1 fonts and ensure all colors and any images used are converted to CMYK. Collect for output. Save and send files as a .sit or .sea, or .zip format. Make sure linked images are EPS or TIFFs, and not JPGs. Please remember to send the images and any fonts used in your document.
Photoshop: Save all files in CMYK color mode. Resolution of file should be 300dpi. Save and send file as a flattened EPS, PDF, JPG or TIFF.
Illustrator: Make sure colors are in CMYK. Convert all text to outlines. Save and send file as an EPS or PDF.
Freehand: Make sure colors are in CMYK. Convert all text to outlines. Save and send file as an EPS or PDF.
* Microsoft Word, Publisher, Corel, etc. do not create “PRESS-READY” files for output. Jobs submitted using these applications will incur additional charges to prepare your files for printing.

Can you scan my artwork?
We offer document and slide scans for an additional $25 charge.

Can you change my artwork?
Depending on the type of artwork submitted, we may be able to make modifications to your file. Any requested changes will be subject to an additional charge of at least $35.

Why can’t I submit my job in RGB color mode?
A lot of the colors you create in RGB mode are not achievable using standard four-color process printing. If you submit your job in RGB color mode, we will convert it before it goes to press, which will lead to color shifts that you may not be happy with. It is always best to create your document from the start in CMYK format to ensure that you have a better idea of how your colors are going to print.

If I provide a color proof, can you match to it?
Probably not… as color lasers are typically not accurate.

Why did the colors print differently from the colors on my monitor?
Monitors display colors in RGB… not CMYK. As well, most monitors are not calibrated for color accuracy. There is also a wide range of gamma differences in PCs, Macs and various manufacturers of monitors. Room lighting can also have an impact of your perception of color. Leave the color to us – we’re the experts!

Can I create a file exactly to size?
Only if there is NO bleed required… otherwise you must add 1/8″ of bleed around all 4 sides of your files. Download the appropriate template listed above to insure correct bleed and trim settings.

How do I prepare my CD Artwork?

CD Artwork specifications: The file must be in RGB Format and resolution at 300 dpi for best quality. File size should be 4.95X4.95 this includes a 1/8 bleed outside of the artwork for full color prints. A Bleed is extra space running off the outside of your artwork. This will prevent white space appearing on the edges of your artwork.

QUANTITY / PAPER
Our estimate quantities are limited to those available under the standard product category. We will be unable to accommodate any in-between quantities.
Our paper stocks are limited to those available under the standard product category. Custom stocks are not available.
SIZE SPECS
14pt, 14pt Uncoated, 16pt and 100lb Gloss Cover: 1.5×3.5 up to 27×39
100lb Gloss Book: 3×4 up to 27×39
Magnets: 2×3 up to 21×17
Sticker: 2×3 up to 22×28
EndurACE: 2×3 up to 28×20
COATING / COLOR TYPE OPTIONS
UV Coating: Available on 14pt, 16pt, Stickers, Magnets and 100lb gloss book
Spot UV Coating: Available on 14pt, 16pt, 100lb gloss book
AQ Coating: Available on 100lb gloss book, 100lb gloss cover
Spot AQ Coating: Available on 100lb gloss book, 100lb gloss cover
BOOKLETS
Sizes Available: 4×6 up to 12×12
Maximum page count for self cover booklets on 100lb gloss cover is 12 pages
Self cover booklets are available on 70lb Premium uncoated, 100lb gloss book, 100lb gloss cover
No option available for self covers on 14pt & 16pt card stock
Please specify the cover stock choice and the page count in the additional note section of the estimate request page.
No Perforation, Die Cut or Business Card slits on Booklets.
FINISHING
No collating without Saddle Stitching
No Inserting available
Only Saddle Stitching is available
ENVELOPE SIZES
Envelopes are available on 70lb premium uncoated and 70lb linen
Finish size 9.5×4.125 (#10) Flat size 16.5×9.5
Finish size 9×12 Flat size 15×19.75
Finish size 10×13 Flat size 16×20.75
Finish size 5.25×7.25 Flat size 9.5×11.25
BINDERY
No Bindery / Die Cutting on any sticker
Standard round corners are die-cut with a radius of 0.25
All custom die cuts will require a die strike; Custom die charges will be applied
SHIPPING
Please click on Place Order to get shipping estimates.

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