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Preparing Illustrator files for full-color printing at Heath Press:

Heath Press accepts Adobe Pagemaker files that have been saved into EPS format or exported into PDF format. The following instructions show how this is accomplished. For a listing of all supported file formats and for general file setup help please visit our Setup Guidelines page.

Creating / Saving Illustrator Files:

Begin by converting all fonts to outlines (first make sure all layers and objects are visible and unlocked). Remove all unused colors ("Swatches"). Convert all spot colors to process cmyk (this can be done in the Swatches palette: double-click the swatch, and make sure color type is set to "Process"). Set all black to overprint: Unlock and un-hide all objects and layers. Select ALL, go to Filter > Colors > Overprint Black

IllustratorÕs "Page Setup" settings are helpful only as a visual reference... when the file is printed, your page size will be determined by the actual artwork area. So to set page size, draw a rectangle with a white fill that equals the trim size of your page plus .25 inch on each dimension (for example, 8.75 x 11.25 for an 8.5 x 11 page). Make this rectangle the very bottom element of your layout ("Send to Back"). Do not place or draw any artwork beyond the boundary of this rectangle! Also, keep all live artwork and text at least .25 inch away from the edge of this box.

Avoid using transparency and layer effects such as drop shadows in Illustrator. While these may look acceptable on screen, when they are printed they must be "rasterized" (also called "flattened") into pixel data, and edges will appear where rasterized data and native Illustrator "vector" data meet. It's better to create these effects in Photoshop. Select ALL, and in the Attributes palette or "Document Setup" settings, set the output resolution to 2540 dpi. Save the final file as an EPS, and check "Include placed images."



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