4/4 – inserts are full colour on both sides of the page
4/1 – inserts are full colour on one side. w/ black only on the back.
4/0 – inserts are full colour on one side and blank on the second side.
4/1 stapled booklet has a full colour cover. All inside pages are black.
Printing presses will always try to match the PDF proofs that you approved during the pre-press stage. Please note that while PDF proofing is not THE most accurate proofing mechanism in the print industry, (hard copy proofing can result in truer colour), it is the overwhelming favourite in our industry, because it saves you money and results in your project being retail ready a few days sooner. Please ask us about hard-copy proofing, if you have concerns about your design, or need to match to other printed pieces.
. Adobe Illustrator
. Adobe InDesign
. Adobe Photoshop: Unflattened layers saved in TIF or PSD formats
(preferred). Single layer image formats EPS or JPG are uneditable or
expensive to alter.
. Quark Xpress, up to version 7
We will accept files from these Applications:
. Corel Draw, up to version 11: export files as EPS and export text as
curves or as a PDF file.
. Microsoft Word (but you will have to be sure your photos are the correct
We do not support the following Applications:
. Adobe PageMaker
. Microsoft Publisher
. Easy CD creator
. Sure Thing
However, many of these applications allow you to save or export your
documents a PDF.
Acceptable image file types: TIFF (.tif), EPS (.eps) – with 8-bit TIFF preview and text saved as outlines, PDF. We discourage the use of the following formats for image files: GIF (.gif) – great for the web, but not recommended for print output and JPEG (.jpg) – ditto. Now this doesn’t mean that amazing cover shot you took with your digital camera can’t be used. Here’s the trick: save the original image as a TIFF. that way, whenever you are working in your image software, the quality can be maintained. And don’t forget to set your camera to the highest possible resolution BEFORE you take the picture! this is album art – who care’s if it’s too big for your mom’s hotmail account. you can always
downsize later. But keep that TIFF secure.
A circle, for instance can be stored as a raster image (TIFF, JPEG) and will contain a certain number of dots that show on your screen. If you increase the size of the image, the dots become easier to see and the circle gets a serious case of the “jaggies”. In contrast, a circle created as vector art in a program such as Adobe Illustrator has an actual radius (inches or mm) and instructions built into the graphic that help draw the shape, correctly. And in any colour you choose. If you zoom in (way in) on a vector image, the edges will remain sharp. Try creating a circle – first in Photoshop, and then Illustrator and you’ll see the difference right away.
It’s important to know the difference between vector and rastor art when deciding how to incorporate the various images, logos and text elements into your design. Refer to your software manuals for more detailed information.
It is also imperative that you proofread your content – again and again. And again. Any corrections that need to be made after we process your files may result in additional charges, and more importantly a delay in the date of completion. We do check your supplied files for technical errors to make sure they are ready for print production and if there are any significant problems, we will contact you to make the necessary changes. Our objective is to help you get the best possible final product and sometimes that means questioning the quality of the files we receive.
Having ISRC codes attached to each track on your disc DOES NOT mean that your song titles will appear on Windows Media Player or your car’s CD player. You’ll need to connect with www.allmusic.com (or a similar site) to have your songs added to the Windows Database. You’ll also need to ask your mastering engineer to include “track list” information during the authoring process if you want your track details to appear on your car CD player.
80mm compact disc | 20 min – 00 sec | red book standard
business card cd | 4 minutes – 38 sec | red book standard
*the RED BOOK (which contains the standards for CD-audio manufacturing, both discs and players) specifies that the maximum program length should be 74 minutes of music. However, as 80 minute CDr’s have become the norm in recent years, they have pushed the pre-recorded discs to same limit. In order to warranty 100% compatibility between a pressed disc and a music CD player, we recommend that the RED BOOK standard of 74 minutes be maintained. We cannot be held responsible for program lengths in excess of 74 minutes.
Make sure there are proper spaces between tracks and that you have included your ISRC codes and CD Text if you are wanting this included. We do accept audio masters via FTP / or a link in the form of a zipped DDP file.
1: Canada, U.S., U.S. Territories
2: Japan, Europe, South Africa, Middle East (including Egypt)
3: Southeast Asia, East Asia (including Hong Kong)
4: Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Central America, Mexico, South America, Caribbean
5: Former Soviet Union, Indian Subcontinent, Africa (also North Korea, Mongolia)
8: Special international venues (airplanes, cruise ships, etc.)
Some players can be modified to play discs regardless of their regional codes. This usually voids the warranty. Some discs, such as those from Buena Vista/Touchstone/Miramax, MGM/Universal, and Polygram contain program code that checks for the proper region. These “smart discs” won’t play on code-free players that have their region set to 0, but they can be played on code-switchable players that allow you to change the region using the remote control. They may also not work on “auto-switching” players that recognize and match the disc region. Regional codes also apply to DVD-ROM systems, but are allowed for use only with DVD-Video discs, not DVD-ROM discs containing computer software. Computer playback systems check for regional codes before playing movies from a DVD-Video. Newer “RPC2” DVD-ROM drives let you change the region code several times. Once a drive has reached the limit (usually 5 changes) it can’t be changed again unless the vendor or manufacturer resets it. Information and software for circumventing DVD-ROM region restrictions are available from various Internet sites. Regional codes do not apply to DVD-Audio.