Artwork/File Preparation

To ensure the best print job possible, please keep these points in mind when creating and saving
your artwork for TLC.
 
Please set up your art as "one-up". Your artwork will be prepped for press using special tools here.
If you submit art in two or more "up" printer's spreads, it actually creates more work for us...
so please make it easier on both of us!
 
•  For 2-sided designs, please include each side of the print as separate PDF files.
•  To ensure the success of your print job, please be sure to convert all fonts to curves/ outlines, use only HIGH resolution CMYK images, and flatten your file before saving.
•  If your print job has a bleed, please make sure your artwork overlaps the edge of the page by 1/8" to 1/4". 1/8" is   sufficient for smaller jobs, such as business cards, flyers, post cards, and the like. 1/4" is preferable for large format jobs such as posters, signs, banners, canvas prints, or trade show graphics.
•  If your job has a bleed, your PDF file needs to be sized properly and must include crop marks. 
•  Your PDF's page size should be 1/4" inch wider and 1/4" inch taller than the final cut size of your printing.
•  Center your artwork in the middle of the larger page and place crop marks on all four corners to show us exactly where the document is to be trimmed.
•  Size your artwork so that it overlaps the edge of your printed piece from 1/8" to 1/4" on any bleed edge, so it may be trimmed off. 
 
Borders on Artwork
If your artwork has a border, please make sure it is at least 1/4" wide on all sides. 1/4" is the minimum width, wider borders tend to work better. Border width is important because if it is too thin, there is a risk that the border will be trimmed off and it will look uneven.
 
Color Accuracy using Pantone colors
TLC works with printers that reproduce color as closely as possible, but even under the best circumstances, an exact color match is not possible. This is an inherent limitation in the printing process.  If the artwork contains colors specified as Pantone spot colors, our print supplier will attempt to match the color as closely as possible, as many Pantone colors do not convert to the CMYK printing process.
 
Your Computer Monitor and Color
Artwork, as it appears on your computer screen, is almost certainly not accurate as every computer screen renders color differently. Even different programs on the same computer will look different. Screen colours are not able to match the denisty or clarity of a printed piece. For these reasons, we cannot be responsible for color variations between submitted files and the final printed piece. By placing an order with TLC Print Brokering, you agree to this limitation. 
 
UV Coating and Color
Application of gloss UV, Silk laminate, Suede or other coatings may affect or change the appearance of the printed colors; we cannot guarantee the final color appearance of a coated product.