Guideline for Submitting Offset Files
Welcome to Thomson-Shore. This is an exciting opportunity and we look forward to working with you.
If at anytime you require assistance when submitting offset files, please contact your Customer Service Representative. You can also download this PDF version of this Guide here.
Preflighting is defined as an automated software that checks low resolution graphics (300 dpi halftones and 1200dpi line art recommended), fonts not embedded, rule lines below .001"(text) and .007"(covers). Thomson-Shore flags low resolution graphics that are at 225 dpi or lower for halftones and 600 dpi or lower for line art.
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TextConvert all files to pdf.
Correct and uniform trim size throughout the text file; pages have same orientation.
Pattern fill is used
If text is black – ensure that all text is black.
Uniform running heads, footers and page numbers. No significant bouncing of elements.
Bleed allowance must be 1/8" (.125").
Margins should be uniform and defined in the PDF file.
Total number of text pages are divisible by 8.
Ensure graphics are grayscale; convert if not.
Rule lines must be defined no smaller than .001" (.1 pt). Any rule lines smaller than that may not show up when printed.
Type and art must be 3/16" (.188") away from the trim edge. Also spine type and art should be 1/32" (.031) away from the spine edge.
Color Text: convert RGB and indexed color to CMYK.
InDesign CS4: If the version number of InDesign is less than 6.0 4, download 6.04. 6.0 3 and below have bugs that cause font distortion.
Do not use Quartz PDFContext to create PDF; this PDF creator sometimes causes kerning that cannot be seen from the PDF but is visible at printing.
COVERS, CASES, COLOR PAGES
The Thomson-Shore spine bulk program is located at Spine Bulk Calculator
Review color spaces. All RGB and indexed color must be converted to CMYK. Colors on covers should be layered and overlap properly.
Provide embossing, spot UV, matte etch, foil stamping files separately.
If you would like more detail regarding preparation of text or cover, please see our guidelines located at www.thomsonshore.com