includes File Setup and Output Information for Color and Black
and White Digital Laser printing. Setup information for Large
Format Printing is also available.
The printable area for color laser printing is listed below for
each paper size. Note: bleeds are not possible to full page size.
If you need page bleed, please design your artwork to be printed
on larger paper and then trimmed - design within the actual printable
area as follows:
x 11 inches
x 10.5 inches
x 17 inches
inches x 16.5 inches
x 18 inches
x 17.5 inches
users should set their image size to fit within one of the above
sizes. We recommend a resolution of at least 150-200 dpi at exact
size. Heath Press will not enlarge your Photoshop image to fill
the intended paper size unless instructed to do so.)
with placement of images and crop marks, specifically line weight,
length and spacing. We can't properly complete your job in the
bindery unless the layout is correct.
a laser printout as a "go-by". You should also include
a "folding dummy" as a reference/bindery guide, if applicable.
Native files are required to produce output for most supported software.
We support all major Mac and Windows software packages. It's always best
to begin with one of our supported software
dDetailed tips for all services are available on this web page. We highly
recommend you reference the appropriate section for the output you require
before preparing your file to ensure proper output. Our support specialists
will offer further guidance on setting up your files if needed.
We recommend your files be organized into folders as follows:
/ Ignore (if needed)
organizational setup will help ensure your job is output correctly, quickly
Send only the files needed to output your job.
Please don't make a change to an order in process. The job will
be delayed. If you must make a change, call to confirm the change is possible
and then fax those changes to (248) 288-5580, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Always include your job number on any correspondence you send.) Any change
must be in written form or it will not be made.
To ensure font substitutions do not occur, Heath Pressrecommends you supply
all fonts used in your document. We do support the standard laserwriter
fonts in the Mac and Windows environments.
should supply both printer and screen (10 and 12 point size) font files
for any PostScript font. PostScript fonts are generally more reliable
than Truetype fonts. Truetype fonts have one font file, generally found
in the system folder. Font files for every Truetype font used must be
with a city name (such as Geneva, New York, Monaco) should never be used.
These are Macintosh system fonts and are not valid PostScript fonts. They
will usually default to Courier.
users should supply .pfm and .pfb font files for each font if PostScript,
or .ttf files for Truetype fonts. PostScript fonts are generally stored
on top of the hard drive in a directory named psfonts. Truetype fonts
are usually stored in the windows/fonts directory.
master PostScript fonts require you also supply an .mmm and .pss file.
Note: multiple master fonts have been discontinued, can be problematic,
and should be tested.
Precise front-to-back registration is not likely. The following checklist
should help you design files that print well:
Do not design your pages too tightly so that imprecise centering of elements
will not be as obvious.
Design with ample gutters for folded jobs to ensure text columns and graphics
fit within the folded area.
Items placed too close to the edge may get cut off if you are trimming the
pages after printing.
Print and approve one color laser print, especially for large orders, so
you can verify proper positioning on your final product. Always include
a dummy or "go-by" if we are providing finishing services.
Scans for color lasers should be 150-200 dpi for best results. You should
scan your images at the final size. Stretching/shrinking an image can
cause pixel distortion and is not recommended. Save scans in CMYK to ensure
color fidelity. Save as .eps or .tif for placement into your page layout
software for the most dependable output.
for any scanned files in the software they originate in, recoloring scans
after importing them into your page layout software can cause unexpected
results. (Special Note: We recommend .eps format for scans inserted into
PowerPoint - .tif, .jpg and .pct can be problematic in PowerPoint.)
Images should be saved in TIFF or EPS format (don't use DCS format or
save images with screen angles or transfer functions applied). Scanned
images should be 300 dpi at 100% scale.
Work entirely in CMYK mode. Never use RGB! The RIPs will automatically
convert spot and PMS colors to 4-color tints, but the results are often
undesirable. Avoid unexpected results by designing in CMYK only.
Use a 0.25 pt black line for crop marks.
Do not exceed 1/16 inch on each side for bleeds. Anything you want to
print to the edge of the paper must be set up to bleed.
We offer trimming, scoring, folding, die cutting, perforating, comb, spiral,
tape, pad or perfect bind booklet-making as finishing options for our
color laser and offset press printing services. Your file must include
crop marks if trimming is required and a folding dummy must be supplied
as a "go-by" if applicable.
We offer a variety of paper stocks for color lasers. We do not accept
any special papers for color laser printing.
orders are run on 28 lb. text and double-sided orders are run on 32 lb.
text, unless you specify otherwise on your order form. Get a Price
Quote for any of the paper stocks we offer for color laser prints.