File Specifications

This information will help you in preparing your files for the best possible printing quality at Bobkat Printing.

File Types

We accept most file formats. However, we prefer a print-ready PDF file. Additional charges may apply to files provided in other formats at the rate of $80 per hour.

Basic Instructions

Make sure you are using high resolution artwork for anything you want us to print. Low-res art is fine for a web page or email broadcast if you are doing a multi-channel campaign but you will need high resolution files for printing. If you physically bring us your file(s) also try to bring copies of your fonts and a printed sample of how the document should look. Make PDF files whenever possible using the Adobe Setting PDF/X-1a:2001.

Download and Install PDF Settings

Working In Adobe Creative Suite? Once your art is prepared in the native application, using the correct settings to export your pdf is crucial! Don’t spend time trying to figure out the proper settings. Download the Bobkat Printing_PDF job options and import into Illustrator and InDesign. Click the link below, then click Save. Save the file to your desktop. Double-click the “Bobkat Printing_PDF.joboptions” file on your desktop. Click Save As and press Save. Your presets will now show up in Illustrator and InDesign CS.

To download the Bobkat Printing job options, click here

Advanced Tips for Professionals

The following tips are intended for graphics professionals: Embed fonts, convert text to outlines, don’t use trapping, avoid transparency in front of spot colors, generate PDF version 1.4 files when possible.