Preparing Your Label Artwork
Because many of our customers are independent musicians and artists, we
frequently have many questions about the proper methods to follow when providing
your artwork to us. Please read the following guidelines very carefully to ensure
that your artwork is prepared properly to avoid production delays and/or additional costs.
Choosing the proper size for your label artwork.
Record labels for 7" and 10" records are 3 5/8" in diameter. Artwork
should be setup in a format which recognizes that the actual cutting edge of the
label will be 3 5/8" in total diameter. Because the die cutting process used to cut
your labels is not a perfect process, we highly recommend that all printed text or
images be kept within a 3 1/2" total diameter. Printing text or image too close to the
actual cutting edge may result in some text or image being lost in the cutting process. The
only exception to this rule is when you are printing a solid color background where it is
desired for the solid color or image to bleed off the edge of the label.
Record labels for 12" records are 4" in diameter.
Artwork should be setup in a format which recognizes that the actual cutting edge
of the label will be 4" in total diameter. Because the die cutting process used to cut
your labels is not a perfect process, we highly recommend that all printed text or images
be kept within a 3 3/4" total diameter. Printing text or image too close to the actual
cutting edge may result in some text or image being lost in the cutting process. The only
exception to this rule is when you are printing a solid color background where it is desired
for the solid color or image to bleed off the edge of the label.
Marking the center of the label correctly.
When submitting label artwork for printing, the center of the label should be clearly indicated with a small "+" mark in the center of the label. As long as you have clearly marked the center of the label, we will understand where the outside edge will be located. Do not draw any cut lines for the outside edge of the label on the artwork. Drawing these lines on your artwork may cause you to have undesired stray markings around the edges of the finished product.
Using Line Screens in your "Camera Ready" artwork.
Many customers utilize screened images in their "Camera Ready" artwork.
If you choose to utilize a line screen in your artwork, it must have a very defined
dot pattern that is clearly visible to the naked eye. If you cannot see the image
clearly with your naked eye, it is very likely that the camera may not pick up the image
clearly when producing your films. Line screen images should not be greater than 85 DPI (dots
per inch) and have a good round dot pattern.
Computer Artwork Guidelines
We accept files from the following programs:
• Quark XPress (Preferred)
We can accept files on the following disk formats:
• Adobe Illustrator
• Adobe Photoshop
• Aldus FreeHand
• Corel Draw (PC)
• IBM versions of these programs translate well to the Mac versions. Fonts do
not translate reliably, so convert type to outline when possible.
PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT:
• Zip 100MB
• Zip 250MB
• 3.5" floppy
Documents have been laid out according to our size specifications.
All documents contain image bleed, where appropriate. (When an image or background intentionally goes to the trim line, extend it 1/8" beyound the trim line.
All images and fonts needed to output the job from your disk have been provided. (Provide both screen & printer font parts for Postscript fonts.)
Images are provided at high resolution (300 dpi for continuous tone, 600dpi or higher for line art.)
A printed proof of each document has been provided for reference purposes. (Please note that home color printers can produce misleading and inaccurate color proofs!)
Typesetting done in Photoshop will have edges that are fuzzy or jagged. While this can be acceptable for titles, logos, and larger type, it can cause the smaller type to be unreadable in the finished printed product. For sharp type, use a vector-based program such as Quark, Illustrator or FreeHand.
Be sure to keep a copy of all of your files, since we will not be responsible for keeping or storing any files which we did not create.
Do not use the "bold", "italic", "shadow" or other kinds of type modifications contained within layout programs. These often will not translate to the final film output. Instead, use only the bold and italic versions of a font.
Color printouts made from the computer files (not from the film), especially inkjet or laserprint, do not show accurate color and may be misleading.
Save line art in bitmapped mode, not grayscale, or it will look fuzzy.
Submitting Artwork as a Digital File:
A larger number of our customers submit their artwork designs on a computer
diskette. If you choose to submit your jobs on a diskette, you must provide a
reference printout from the disk. This will allow us to compare the films to your
reference printout. Failure to provide the reference printout will result in an
extra charge. Please have the files stored in one of the following formats:
• Adobe Photo Shop
Our preferred format is the Quark or Illustrator format. We cannot process mulitcolor
files that are in the TIF or JPEG format.
• Adobe Illustrator (2 color)
• Quark (2 color)
• TIF (1 color only)
• JPEG (1 color only)
Submitting Completed Films for your order:
If you are submitting the completed films for your order, we request that the
film be in a "Right Read Emulsion Down" negatives format. This format works
the best in our production facility and increases the quality of the final product.
If your films include line screen images, do not use screens rated greater than 100DPI
(dots per inch).
Submitting multi-color films and digital files:
If you are submitting the completed films for multi-color jobs, please refer to our
2 or more multi-color templates page to see the proper format and dimensions for your
films and/or art. The dimensions provided in these templates must be strictly followed
to allow for the final printed product to appear as desired. Failure to follow the setup
and dimension guidelines may result in a film correction charge. Multi-color jobs are
printed with 2 "A-sides" and 2 "B-sides" as they appear on the template.
Do not put one color on the top half of the template and the second color on the bottom
half of the template.
Submitting pictures for use in your job:
If you are submitting a photograph to be used as a part of your job, we require
that the photograph be submitted in a black and white format. These pictures must
be scanned to produce the final product and color photographs are confusing to the
scanner and will not produce a quality finished product.