•  Document Size
    • Your document should be set to the desired trim size.
    • Avoid centering small pages on a 8.5×11 page.
    • If the final page size is different than the size quoted, alert us to the change. This avoids guesswork as to which size the piece should really be.
  • Bleeds
    • If there are color areas that are intended to bleed, extend those elements 1/8" beyond the trim size.
    • Be sure to notify our Service & Design team if a job is intended to bleed as this may affect the actual price if sufficient space is not allowed.
  • Spot Color Printing
    • If you are intending your job to print using spot colors, your
 file should use only the colors you intend to print.
  • Specifying Spot Varnish

    • Please use a spot color named varnish and set to overprint.
  • Specifying Dieline

    • Please use a spot color named dieline and set to overprint.
  • Font usage

    Avoid process color buildups on very small or fine type; they can be difficult to register and may
 not produce the crisp result you seek.
  • Want a deep, rich black in solid areas of process color jobs?
    Create a new color such as Rich Black with values of 60% cyan, 60% magenta, 40% yellow, and 
100% black


  • Do not downsample images; Resolution should be set to at least 150 dpi.
  • Fonts should be embedded.
  • Bleeds should be set to 1/8″.
  • For step-by-step instruction creating a pdf, please feel free to contact us at 1-888-783-5207 or email contactus@intechims.com.  We're happy to help!


Press ready PDFs are the preferred method, but should you choose to send native 
files please supply the following items:

  • File to be printed
  • All fonts used in file
  • All linked images in file

Download PDF Pre-Press Checklist here!