How do I send
you my files?
KB provides an online
file upload service to all of our clients. When you place an
order, you will be given an access code to transfer your
files directly from your computer to our graphics
department. If you prefer, you can also mail us your artwork
on disk. Ask your customer service representative for
What types of
files do you accept?
KB accepts all major
file formats from the widely used graphics and publishing
software programs (see downloads at lower left for a
complete listing). The most preferred file format is
Adobe PDF which contains all fonts, artwork and
photos in full (300 dpi) resolution -- independent of the
program used to create it. The next best thing is an
EPS file or 'vector' art where all fonts and artwork
are converted to outlines or paths. If neither of these 'all
in' files are being used, be sure you included all fonts and
linked art and photos along with your document files.
and PMS Colors?
colors refer to a system developed in 1963 by Lawrence
Herbert for "identifying, matching and communicating colors
to solve the problems associated with producing accurate
color matches in the graphic arts community." PMS colors, or
the PANTONE® MATCHING SYSTEM® are standardized
colors that are classified by numbers (example: Pantone®
000) and/or the percent of 'process inks' (CMYK -- cyan,
magenta, yellow and black) used to make that color.
What are DPI and
DPI stands for
Dots Per Inch. It is a measure of the resolution of an
image. For example, a 72-dpi file from the internet might
print o.k. on a home printer, but it doesn't have enough
dots to print out nicely on a commercial printing press. An
image scanned at 300 dpi and placed in the document at 100%
will work well.
LPI means Lines Per
Inch, and generally refers to the frequency of the halftone
screen. This determines the crispness and contrast of an
image printed on a particular grade of paper using a certain
printing process. For example, most glossy magazines are
printed at 133 lpi or even higher, while newspapers are
generally printed at around 85 lpi.
An image or color that extends to (and beyond) the edge of a
sheet of paper after it is trimmed.
flat and trim (or finished) sizes refer
Flat size refers to the final size of a finished, printed
piece before it has been folded (or trimmed for bleed). Trim
is the finished size of the same printed piece (or a bound
booklet of multiple sheets) after it has been folded and cut
to final size. Many booklets still require trimming even if
there are not bleeds, due to 'creep' -- whereby the process
of gathering, or collating, multiple sheets adds fractional
width to the bound booklet.
are the differences between cover and text paper
Cover weight papers are thick and durable, suitable for
projects such as post cards, business cards, menus and
publication covers. In comparison, text weight papers are
lighter and used for brochures, interior pages of booklets,
etc. Ask your KB customer service representative for