The information will help you in preparing your files for the best possible printing quality at Cambridge Offset.
We accept most modern graphics formats. However, we work fastest with a print-ready PDF file. Some artwork charges may apply to accepting artwork in other formats. Artwork is billed at the rate of $85 per hour.
Make sure you are using high resolution artwork for anything you want us to print. Low-res art is fine for a web page or email broadcast if you are doing a multi-channel campaign. When you bring us your file(s) also try to bring copies of your fonts and a printed sample of how the document should look. Make PDF files whenever possible.
Download and Install PDF Settings
Working In Adobe Creative Suite? Once your art is prepared in the native application, using the right settings to export your pdf is crucial! Don't spend time trying to figure out the proper settings. Download the Cambridge Offset joboptions and import into Illustrator and InDesign. Cambridge Offset presets will now show up in Illustrator and InDesign CS.
To download the Cambridge Offset joboptions, click here (right click and SAVE TARGET AS...)
Advanced Tips for Professionals
The following tips are intended for graphics professionals:
Convert text to outlines
Don't use trapping
Avoid transparency in front of spot colors
Generate PDF 1.4 files when possible.