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 File Format Help 



The following formats work best when bringing your project on disk to be printed. PDF files are our preference. If you are unfamiliar with PDF files please call the main number (ext. 2076).

  • PDF (Portable Document Format). PDF files preserve the original look of the document almost exactly: Fonts, photos, graphics and layout all appear as they do in the original. In order to view PDF files, you must use PDF-reading software. Fortunately, the PDF reader software is free.
  • EPS (Encapsulated PostScript). Can contain bitmap and object-oriented information. Supports bitmap, grayscale, RGB, CMYK, spot and indexed color models. Allows creation of embedded paths. Allows inclusion of low-resolution previews for screen display and non-PostScript printing.


  • JPEG (developed by Joint Photographic Experts Group). Allows extreme compression. Popular format for graphic files transmitted over the Internet due to extreme compression and ability to support 24-bit color. Contains bitmap information only.
  • TIFF (Tagged Image File Format). Allows lossless compression if source application supports it. Can also allow JPEG compression. Contains bitmap information only. Supports bitmap, grayscale, RGB, CMYK, and indexed color models. Allows inclusion of embedded paths and alpha channels.
  • When scanning line art (black line drawing) scan between 400 and 600 dpi 
  • When scanning grayscale photos, scan at 200 to 300 dpi
  • Color photos should be scanned at 200 dpi

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