Printer Tips

  • If you are working with a professional printer, they need to schedule your job on the press between jobs from other clients. Allow at least a week for smaller print jobs, plus shipping time. (They need to check the files, and then they will send a proof for your review. Corrections may need to be made, and then they still have to print the items, which need to dry before packing up!) If you are planning a more complex job, like a bound book or something requiring custom packaging, consult with a printer well in advance to determine the time required.
  • Files for printing should be in PDF format, should have trim marks, and should be in CMYK (rather than RGB, or spot colors). Open the file in Adobe Acrobat, and hover over the page. You can see the page size in the lower left-hand corner. Ensure that this is the size you are expecting. If images or colors extend all the way to the edge of the page, the images/color should bleed beyond the trim marks. This will ensure that the color reaches all the way to the edge of the page after trimming. Ask the designer to run a preflight check on the file to double check that all elements are high-resolution and in the correct color space.
  • If you are printing a factsheet that is 1–4 pages (folded but no staples), you should use 100 pound white stock. We normally use Endurance, but the printer may suggest an equivalent.
  • Tri-fold conference brochures and similar items are normally printed on 80 pound Endurance or equivalent.
  • Consult your printer for paper recommendations for other types of print items. We have traditionally requested paper with some recycled content when possible.
  • Have the printer send a few samples of the item directly to you, in addition to any other shipments, so that you can make sure the print job is up to your quality standards.
  • If you are sending items to FSR for storage, be sure to send them a delivery notification form prior to the items being delivered, so that they can process the items as quickly as possible.