Acceptable Programs & Documents
Accepted Programs and File Types
File Setup & Layout in 6 Steps
To prepare your artwork in one of our templates, carefully follow the steps below.
- Download the correct template for your print job from Conformer Folders’ website.
- Import the template into a new file in the accepted programs above.
- Do NOT delete, modify or move the “Template” layer.
- Follow the instructions for safety, bleed, and no print areas as indicated in the template.
- Place your art and type in a new layer titled “Artwork Here.”
- Separate each spot coated, foil stamped, embossed, or debossed area into its own labeled, color-coded layer.
- Save file as: .AI, .EPS, .PDF, .PSD, .INDD, or .TIF.
Page Layout Tips
- Make sure to avoid placing logos or text near or on die-cut slits.
- Keep important elements within 1/8′′ safe zone, or bleed — otherwise, your image and text could be cut off.
- Extend four color process, PMS printed, foil stamped, or spot coated design elements that touch the cut line to 1/8′′ bleed zone.
Follow these tips to avoid any added production time or printer errors.
Foil Stamp, Emboss or Deboss Art
- Prepare all graphics as vector art.
- Convert type to outlines.
- Make foil stamp elements at least 1 pt thick, spaced 1 pt or more apart.
- Make emboss and deboss elements at least 2 pt thick, spaced 2 pt or more apart. (Thick, bold copy is better.)
- Do not place elements on fold or cutlines.
- Do not use RGB, JPG, GIF or web images.
- To avoid loss of detail and plugging do not use ultra-light type styles, screens, thin lines and copy with intricate detail.
Images and Line Art
- Make high-resolution raster images 300 DPI.
- Make sure line art is 1200 dpi bitmap.
- Convert all RGB or spot colors to CMYK (4C process) or grayscale (halftones or duotones).
- Embed images, or package them with the primary artwork file.
- Save images as .PSD, .TIF, or .JPG.
- Set design file and all images to CMYK mode.
- When printing spot colors, select PMS colors with the “U” extension if printing on uncoated stock or the “C” extension if printing on coated stock.
Fonts and Writing
- Use only fonts from the program list.
- Do not stylize fonts as bold, italic, etc.
- Convert Illustrator type to outlines.
- Proofread all copy for grammar, spelling, and clarity.
5 Easy Steps to File Preparation
- Output the file at full-size and make a comp to ensure that all elements are printing in the correct places, are backing up correctly and bleed has been added if applicable.
- Print separations (or plates) to ensure that color break is correct.
- Make a PDF that shows all layers. If that’s not possible, color break the PDF by hand using the Comments tool.
- Collect the file for output to ensure that all art, screen and printer fonts are included, and zip the file. But do not include the PDF in the zip file.
- Send the zip file and the PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org. .
Design Proof and Review
Once we send you a design proof, here’s what to look for:
- Check to make sure images and text are where they should be.
- Look for any typos, inconsistencies, and spelling errors.
- Check bleeds and borders and make sure they don’t cut off text or images.
- Compare the depth and tone of colors to your original.
- Are the dimensions of the images and other assets as they should be?