Which file formats should I save my artwork?

Adobe Acrobat Document (*.pdf) (recommended)
Adobe Illustrator Artwork (*.ai) (recommended)
Adobe InDesign (*.indd) (recommended)

What programs do you have at Colt?

We have both Macintosh and Windows Operating Systems
Adobe InDesign
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Acrobat
Adobe PageMaker (please note PageMaker has been discontinued)
QuarkXPress
Coral Draw
Microsoft Publisher
Microsoft Word
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Power Point

When creating a .PDF what distiller setting should I use?

Press Quality or High Quality

What resolution should my artwork be?

Resolution refers to the number of dots per inch (dpi), or the amount of detail the image has. Higher resolution means a more detailed image and also larger file and longer uploads time. For best results with most products, save your artwork to 300 dpi (dots per inch).

How do I gather all of the fonts and links I have in my file?

If you are NOT sending us a .pdf you should gather the files you’ve used, including fonts and linked graphics, for easy handoff to us.

InDesign you package a file, Choose File > Package.

QuarkXPress choose File > Collect for output.

Publisher choose "Pack and Go."

Other programs select Help for specific information.

How do I compress my files?

After collecting the document with all its links and fonts into one folder it is a good idea to .zip or stuff that folder. With Stuffit and .zip, you’ll not only create and send the smallest archives, but you’ll ensure that the integrity of your data is intact and readable to the recipient it also protects file attribute information for both PC and Mac files.

How to .zip (Windows)
Select the folder you want to .zip > Right Click > Choose Send To > Choose Compressed (zipped) Folder

How to .zip (Mac OSX)
Select the folder you want to .zip > Hold down Control key and click > Choose Create Archive of “project”.

What if I need more help?

Please download our Design Tips & Guidelines booklet by clicking on the link below. This booklet is packed with a lot of great information about how to prepare your files for print. You can also attend one of our Wednesday Workshops for one on one help or we are always available to take your calls, (303) 449-2760.