Screen Printing

Graphic Guidelines for Art Submitted on Electronic Media

Art Placement and Fonts:
Art should be placed according to the actual dimensions of the product you want. If you are not sure of the dimensions, please see our Layout Specification pages or go to the template page and download a template.
To insure the output we create from your files is accurate, please include copies of all printer and screen fonts used in your document.
You can also convert text to paths (outlines); however, we will not be able to make any corrections if you use this option.
PC users, please send both the .PFM and .PFB files (Postscript). We do not recommend using TrueType fonts but if you must, please send the .TTF file from your c:\windows\fonts directory.

Specifying Colors:
Colors should be specified as spot or as Pantone® colors.
DO NOT USE CMYK COLORS. If white is to be printed, please modify a light spot color and change the name to printing white.
Please keep all color names consistent through all files.

Software:
We accept art prepared on either Mac or PC platforms. As a member of the Adobe Print Service provider program, we prefer art prepared using InDesign, Illustrator or Photoshop (send flattened & layered files).
We also accept files created with Freehand 10 and Quark Xpress 5.
Please contact us if you are submitting art prepared using software not listed above.
Templates for standard sheet size vinyl binders, poly binders and index tabs are available on this site by clicking on the appropriate link to the left.

Screen Tints/Halftones:
Halftone and screen tints must be created with tonal range between 10% and 85%.

Scanned or Created Graphics:
Grayscale tiffs should be created at 300 dpi. If image has any added text or graphics, please scan at a minimum of 600 dpi (1200 dpi would be best). All other graphics should be scanned at a minimum of 600 dpi (1200 dpi would be best).

Embedded Files:
If you embed a file into your document that includes screen tints/halftones, DO NOT specify screen line count or angle in the embedded file.

Bleed-off Prints:
When creating art for bleed-off prints, extend the art 3/16" past the top and bottom and/or 3/8" past the left and right edges of the binder. For bleeds that stop in the hinge, extend the art into the hinge 1/16"(see bleed-off limit in template).


What to send with your job:
• 100% laser proof, printed as separations for more than one color.
• All screen and printer fonts (PC users-.PFM and .PFB files) used MAC users - send just the actual fonts used in your document-not the entire suitcase. Or convert all fonts to outlines/paths and no fonts need be sent.
• Copies of all placed files (EPS, TIFs, etc.)
• Copy of your art file

Emailing Files/ftp:
If you are going to email your files, please use a compression utility (Zip for PC users and Stuffit for Mac users). Make sure your compressed archive includes all placed graphics and copies of your fonts (Mac users: only send individual fonts that are actually used in your file – do NOT send the entire suitcase).
So we know we are producing your art accurately, please fax a copy of the art to 800-500-1745 Attn: Chris

Email to: chris@bellbinders.com

ftp:
There are two ways to use our ftp site.
Address: ftp://ftp.bellbinders.com
User Name: guest0
Password: welcome
1.) Use an ftp program. There are several very good free ftp programs available (Leech for the PC is a good program).
2.)Use Internet Explorer 7 or later and go to ftp://ftp.bellbinders.com and type in user name & password. Click on "Page" and select "Open page in Windows Explorer". Log in again and copy and paste your files.

Send an email to chris@bellbinders.com so we know to go get your files.