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Art Preparation
The following guidelines may be helpful as you prepare electronic files to submit for CD Duplication Service and digital printing, DVD printing and duplication, or Disc replication. Our pre-press department works in a Macintosh environment. Additional considerations are applicable when preparing digital files for us on a Windows platform. In order to offer the lowest possible price, we do not budget labor time in a job to check and repair files. Therefore, when we receive an order we assume all files are Print Ready. Please check your files carefully as we will not be held responsible for errors when files are not submitted in exact accordance with our specifications. Please provide color matching materials (booklets, sleeves etc.) before we pre-press your art.


Submit both layered and formatted CMYK Photoshop or Illustrator files. Do not flatten templates or dielines within your file. Add all artwork to NEW layers. DO NOT add your artwork to the same layer that the template dielines are on.

Be sure to use our PDF Template. Bleed art .25 inch beyond the outer dimensions of the disc.

Please do not send disc art in Microsoft Word or Excel format. Word processing and spreadsheet programs, such as these, do not work well in our pre-press environment. We cannot accept art created in Microsoft Publisher or slide creation programs such as PowerPoint.


Whenever the application permits, as in Adobe Illustrator, convert type to curves/outlines. Also, remember to outline fonts used in EPS files that are placed/linked in your document. If not included, fonts will be substituted and line breaks may change. If unable to convert fonts when sending files, please provide screen and printer fonts. Send only the fonts that are used in your disc art. For Windows based art it is preferable to convert all type to curves/outlines.

Graphics (linked)

Images should be scanned at 600 dpi resolution and saved in CMYK or Grayscale TIFF format without embedded profiles. Convert all RGB files to CMYK. Graphics in EPS format are also acceptable. Digital camera photos or graphics taken from an internet web page should also adhere to these same specifications prior to placement in your document.

Files with a resolution of 72ppi at print size will not produce an acceptable print


All Color in your disc art, including graphics and photos, should be in CMYK color space. Blacks should be built w/ values of 75% Cyan / 68% Magenta / 67% Yellow/ 90% Black to achieve a rich black when printed.

Convert all PMS colors to CMYK.