What Files Can I Send To You?

You’ve got your pet project, a book you’re writing, typed and all laid out ready to go to print. It’s been a labour of love and now you want to see it come to fruition: an actual printed and bound book! Or, maybe it’s a brochure you’ve worked overtime on and need to get to press, pronto! Nobody at this point wants to hear, “I’m sorry, we don’t accept those kinds of files.”  That’s why we take files from a broad range of programs–the ones you’re probably using!

If you’re at the project planning stage, it’s a great idea to consider the software used to prepare your files. So, to give you a heads-up about files and programs we work with day-in and day-out, here’s a non-exhaustive list of the most common. And, if you don’t see your program or file type listed, give us a call. We can usually accommodate most files and get you on your way to having that final printed product in your hands.  You can use our handy File Upload Form to get your larger files to us.

Accepted Programs and File Formats

  • PDF – preferred
  • Adobe Illustrator (.ai)
  • Adobe Photoshop (.psd)
  • Adobe InDesign (.indd) – please use “Package” menu command to gather all font & linked files needed for printing.
  • Adobe Acrobat PDFs
  • Corel Draw X7 – please use “Collect For Output” menu command to gather all files needed for printing.
  • All Common Photo / Raster / Bitmap Image Formats (TIFF, JPG, PNG, BMP, etc) *
  • EPS (.eps)**
  • SVG (.svg)
  • Microsoft Office 2016:***
  • Publisher
  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint

Oh, and our computer systems are PC-based, but we can accept most files from Apple Macintosh OS, no problem.

A few notes about file formats:

* Photo / Raster / Bitmap images are not recommended for small type due to their lower resolution.
** Please outline all fonts when saving to EPS format.
*** Note that font reflow and text displacement can occur when displaying Office files between two different computers due to the inherent design of Microsoft Office programs. Best practice is to save to PDF and send both original file and PDF, and supply a hard copy sample.