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2651 Avenue G • White City, Oregon 97503

Phone: 541-826-3155

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Exceeding our customers need for print,
bindery and mailing services since 1980

8:00 – 5:00 M–F

File Types

Ram Offset is up to date with the latest Adobe Creative Cloud software.

We will accept your native files from a professional page layout program, such as InDesign or Quark. Additionally, we will accept a high quality, press ready PDF with crop marks and bleeds.

 

We discourage receiving Word, Works, Pages and Publisher files as these are not professional page layout programs. What appears on your screen isn't going to be what appears on ours. However, if this is the only software you have available, you can submit a high resolution PDF created by your software.

 

You may need to make changes to your document after it has been submitted to Ram and you are welcome to provide revised pages for us to replace what was previously submitted. However, please note the following items:

  1. Provide revisions in the same format you originally submitted your files. If you originally submitted a native InDesign file, do not provide a press ready PDF of an individual page. Instead, inform Ram of the revision and we can do the revisions for you.
  2. If you have a change on one page, please inform what that exact change is and we will process just that single page. If you do not inform us of the changes, we will assume the entire document was revised; process all of the pages and generate another set of hard copy proofs. This accrues additional charges that can be avoided if you inform your salesperson or customer service representative what revisions you made.

 

  • When providing native files, please provide the document, all fonts and all links.
  • Create your document with the size set as the final dimension of the finished, trimmed piece.
  • For perfect bound (or other non-stitched books) you must create your original document as individual pages, not facing. This provides us with bleed in the grind off/spine area.

 

PDF:

  • Include bleed
  • Include crop marks
  • Verify fonts are embedded

 

INDESIGN:

  • We are currently using InDesign Creative Cloud.
  • Make sure document size is the exact size of the finished piece, with bleeds extending 1/8” past page edge.
  • Verify all links are up to date. (Window/Links - no yellow or red icons next to file name)
  • Do a “Package for Printer” when completed and the program will put everything into one folder. (File/Package for Printer)
  • Verify that all fonts were collected. InDesign is known for not packaging the correct fonts. (Helvetica will be collected when you needed Helvetica Condensed Bold.)

 

ILLUSTRATOR:

  • We are currently using Illustrator Creative Cloud.
  • Make sure artboard sizes are the exact size of the finished piece, with bleeds extending 1/8” past page edge.
  • Convert all fonts to outlines, or include fonts.
  • Dielines should be on their own layer, specified as a spot color

 

PHOTOSHOP:

NOTE: Photoshop is not a good program to do page layout in. The fonts get rasterized, making the edges look jagged, we are unable to trap your art, and black type will print as 4 color. Modify only your images using Photoshop, then place them in a page layout program, such as InDesign or QuarkXPress to set your type.

  • We are currently using Photoshop Creative Cloud.
  • Make sure document size is 1/4” bigger than your finished piece to allow 1/8” bleed on all 4 sides.

 

QUARKXPRESS:

  • Quark is not as common of a program as it once was. Based on this, we have not had to purchase the latest Quark Software in many years. By providing us with a press ready pdf, we are still able to produce your piece.
  • Make sure document size is the exact size of the finished piece, with bleeds extending 1/8” past page edge.
  • Verify all pictures have the status of “OK”. (Utilities/Usage/Pictures)
  • Verify that no fonts are missing. (Utilities/Usage/Fonts)
  • Do a “Collect for Output” when completed and the program will put everything into one folder. (File/Collect for Output)

 

Contact your salesperson or customer service representative if you have any questions or need assistance setting up your file. Time will then be scheduled to have a prepress technician call and give you assistance.