Design

At RMS Printing, we offer you choices for the preparation of your artwork. Either we can design from concept to press ready artwork or you can present to us your press ready files prepared by yourself or your designers.

We Design

Are you tired of using basic online templates and being limited to certain graphics?

Do you struggle to come up with an innovative and effective design or idea?

One call to RMS Printing can change this by introducing you to our creative design team that will produce a customized, effective, and relevant look to express your business image perfectly.

Our design team will need one appointment to understand what you are looking for and ultimately satisfy all your needs. Our team will come up with a finished product that symbolizes your business’s identity and voice in a way no one else can.

Let us do the work that gets your phone ringing.

You Design

If you prefer to design your own artwork, then please follow our file-formatting recommendations. If you have any questions, please free feel to contact us at (888) 480-5428.

Accepted File Types

We accept files from Mac & PC graphic design programs such as Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, and Quark as long as they are submitted as one of the following formats: PDF, PSD, EPS, AI, JPG, TIF. We do not accept files submitted in the following formats: MS Word, MS Publisher, MS Excel, MS Powerpoint, or Printshop. However if your artwork is in one of these formats, we can often re-construct the files into one of our accepted formats for printing. Please ask us for further details and cost of this service.

Color Mode

Design files should be created and submitted in CMYK color mode. If you send us a file in RGB color mode, there is a chance that a color shift may occur. CMYK uses Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black to create the palette of colors. CMYK is often referred to as “Full Color” or “4 color”.

Resolution

We strongly recommend that you use only images of 300 DPI resolution or higher. Using images that are lower than 300 DPI will result in reduced print quality. Low-resolution files may be printed as is with your approval or will be placed on hold until we receive new files. Note: DPI stands for Dots Per Inch and represents how many dots of color are used to construct the image. The higher the DPI (more dots of color), the higher the quality of the image. The lower the DPI (less dots of color), the lower the quality of the image.

Bleeds

All design files must be .125 inches larger then the final cut size. All image or color bleeds must extend further than the cut lines. Bleeds must be .0625 inches on all sides. Example: If you are designing an 8.5 x 5.5 postcard, your design file should be set to 8.625 x 5.625 and bleeds extending accordingly.

Please use our RMS Design Templates to help visualize the correct design format. All text and other important design elements should be at least .125 inches in from the finished edge of the design file to be safe from cuts. Although we make every effort to cut your pieces as accurate as possible, due to tolerances in the cutting process, we cannot guarantee perfect cuts every time.

Text Safe Zone

All text and other important design elements should be at least .125 inches in from the finished edge of the design file to be safe from cuts. Although we make every effort to cut your pieces as accurate as possible, due to tolerances in the cutting process, we cannot guarantee perfect cuts every time.

Borders

Borders should not be too close to the cutline or it may be cut off-center. We recommend that all borders on the edge of your piece are at least .3125 inches thick around your design file size.

Proper Rotation

All files submitted to us will be printed HEAD to HEAD as-is based on your files. Please set up your files so that when we print them HEAD to HEAD the final product will read the way you would like it to. Front and Back files must be set up either both vertically or both horizontally.

Transparency Issues

Do not use shadows, glows, or any other transparency on top of a spot color. Always convert your spot colors to CMYK and flatten before sending. Flatten your images before you send your design file, you must flatten your images and convert text to outlines. We do not accept layered or linked images. These recommendations help to prevent quality issues in printing and missing font issues.

Flatten Your Images

Before you send your design file, you must flatten your images and convert text to outlines. We do not accept layered or linked images. These recommendations help to prevent quality issues in printing and missing font issues.

4/1 Files

If your final piece is to be printed with color on one side and black & white on the other, you must create the black & white side as 100% K (black) only. Your black & white side cannot have any C (cyan), M (magenta), or Y (yellow) in it.

Rich Black

Rich black is an ink mix of solid black (100% K), with other CMY ink values. The result is a darker, rich black. We recommend using the following values: C=60, M=40, Y=40, K=100

Printer’s Marks

Turn off all crop marks, registration, titles before exporting your PDF file

Disclaimer: Artwork Provided to Us

Any artwork files that are provided to us must be press ready artwork. This means you have read and understand the notations above and followed them as a trained graphic artist would who understands the printing field. We are not responsible for reviewing your press ready files for errors such as low resolution images, fonts, spelling errors, incorrect phone numbers, bleeds, proper size, formatting issues, colors etc.

If files are presented as final artwork but are not press ready files, we may reject the files for replacement artwork. This could cause a delay in delivery times. If we have to fix artwork there could be a fee to do so. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Emails are not suggested programs to use to create press ready files. If we fix artwork and a client requests not to receive a proof and move immediately into print, we are not responsible for any errors within that file caused by us or not. We prefer to send a proof even if it could cause a delay. It is your right to decline the proof in order not to delay the project, however you assume all responsibility for errors in the file.

If files are presented that are not press ready files and this is a RUSH job, we will do our best to make those files into press ready files, however we will not be responsible for errors such as low resolution images, fonts, spelling errors, incorrect phone numbers, bleeds, proper size, formatting issues, colors etc.

When press ready files are being provided, it is the sole responsibility of the provider to fully understand the meaning of press ready files and how to present them. We have graphic design services available at a per hour rate of $65.00 per hour.