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Preparing Files | Frequently Asked Questions

>How much bleed should I add to my artwork?
>Where can I download your print ready requirements?
>What’s the difference between RGB & CMYK?
>Why does the Blue or Green I selected off my color pallet not print the same?
>How accurately will my custom printed graphics match what I see on my monitor?
>Will my custom printed graphics match a sample I print out on my own printer, or another previously printed brochure?
>Will my graphics match our PANTONE® (PMS) solid ink colors?
>COLOR MATCHING: Proceed with Caution
>How can I tell what a particular CMYK color I’ve chosen is going to look like when printed?
>How much will it cost and what is the turnaround time on a color accurate production proof?
>When you print my graphics, can I have you change a color to match a specific color?

How much bleed should I add to my artwork? None. All graphics are hand trimmed, therefore no bleed is necessary.

Where can I download your print ready requirements? Print-ready specifications can be found under "preparing files" located on the top of each page. Pricing for all custom printed graphics is based on our receiving files prepared to our print ready requirements. Before submitting to us, print your file, double-check spelling, review overall page design and insure your final file is 100% ready for us to print. By submitting your artwork to us, any files received that do not comply with these print ready requirements classify as working files and the appropriate charges will be added to your order for us to properly prepare your files for printing.
(PDF) Adobe Reader required.

What’s the difference between RGB & CMYK?
RGB color was not designed for commercial printing of color graphics, CMYK was. For best results, your artwork should be created in CMYK (not RGB) from the very start. CMYK refers to the ink colors used for all full color printing: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black. RGB refers to the colors Red, Green and Blue, used in computer monitors, digital cameras, scanners and art designed for websites. RGB is used for web work, CMYK is used for print work. [back to top]

Why does the Blue or Green I selected off my color pallet not print the same?
Two of the most misunderstood and troublesome colors we have ever run across are screen blue vs. printed blue and screen green vs. printed green. The blue / green on the left of the image below, simulates the colors many people mistakingly select to print, when designing their artwork. These are RGB color and will not reproduce even close to the colors you saw on screen. The colors that will print in CMYK are simulated on the right of the image below.

This is not an issue specific to our equipment, but rather, an industry wide issue. In the October 2002 issue of Digital Output Magazine, contributing editor Stephen Beals published an article that discussed the complexities and pitfalls of color matching in an evolving technology. Click here to download the story in it's entirety.

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How accurately will my custom printed graphics match what I see on my monitor?
The technology used for large format inkjet printing is a CMYK printing process, so therefore when printed, RGB monitor colors are simulated using Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black inks. Because of wide differences in monitors and how they display color, many printed (CMYK) colors do not accurately match the (RGB) colors you see on screen (see illustration above). Bottom line: the final graphics we produce for you are unlikely to match the colors you see on your monitor.

At Allegro, we offer fast turnaround and low pricing by printing to a "pleasing color" standard, using standard CMYK ink densities. Therefore, there’s no guarantee your custom printed graphics will accurately match a specific color you see on your monitor. When it comes to color matches, our large format printers do very well, but matches are not perfect, especially with RGB. If you require a specific color match, please contact us to order a proof to be printed on the same material as your final graphics. [back to top]

Will my custom printed graphics match a sample I print out on my own printer, or another previously printed brochure?
At Allegro, we offer fast turnaround and low pricing by printing to a "pleasing color" standard, using standard CMYK ink densities. Therefore, there’s no guarantee your graphics will accurately match your printed sample. This is due to the widely varying results from different output devices including monitors, inkjet, thermal, dye sublimation and color laser printers, papers, inks, materials and even printers. When it comes to printing color, our large format printers do very well, but matches are not always perfect. This is due to the way our CMYK inkjet inks print differently on each of our widely varying materials. Bottom line: the final product we produce for you is unlikely to match the output from your printer or printed piece! If you require a specific color match, please contact us to order a proof to be printed on the same material as your final graphics. [back to top]

Will my graphics match our PANTONE® (PMS) solid ink colors? The technology used for large format inkjet printing is a CMYK printing process, so PMS solid ink colors are simulated using Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black inks. To see how your PMS solid ink colors will reproduce in CMYK, we highly recommend you purchase a PANTONE® solid to process guide www.pantone.com.

COLOR MATCHING using the PANTONE® solid to process guide in digital print production. The PANTONE® solid to process guide shows what happens when you reproduce PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM® (PMS) colors in CMYK. Although many can be successfully simulated, a large majority cannot due to the limitations inherent in four-color process (CMYK) printing. The fan guide displays 1,089 PANTONE® colors on coated stock alongside their closest four-color process match. The CMYK screen values are provided for each process color. [back to top]

COLOR MATCHING: Proceed with Caution
In the October 2002 issue of Digital Output Magazine, contributing editor Stephen Beals published an article that discussed the complexities and pitfalls of color matching in evolving technology. Click here to download the story in it's entirety.

At Allegro, we offer fast turnaround and low pricing by printing to a "pleasing color" standard, using standard CMYK ink densities. Therefore, there’s no guarantee your finished graphics will accurately match a specific PANTONE® solid ink color. When it comes to color matches, our large format printers do very well, but PMS solid ink matches are not always perfect. This is due to the differences between PMS solid colors and the limitations inherent in four-color process (CMYK) printing. If you require a specific color match, please contact us to order a proof to be printed on the same material as your final graphics. [back to top]

How can I tell what a particular CMYK color I’ve chosen is going to look like when printed? There are two ways: (1) Contact us to order a printed color accurate production proof (your file printed on the same material as your final order). This option can be time consuming and expensive, but is highly accurate! (2) Purchase a PANTONE® process color guide - uncoated (around $100. For more information, please visit PANTONE® at: www.pantone.com). The PANTONE Process Color System® offers a comprehensive palette of over 3,000 colors achievable in four-color (CMYK) process printing. For our custom printed inkjet graphics, we recommend the UNCOATED guide. [back to top]

How much will it cost and what is the turnaround time on a color accurate production proof? We have two options available. 1). 5-day production turnaround with Ground shipping and 2). 2-day Express production with NextDay Air shipping. Contact your account manager for pricing. [back to top]

When you print my graphics, can I have you change a color to match a specific color? There are substantial additional charges for specific color matching. In addition, some colors simply cannot be matched. If you request color correction or other changes after you see your proof, there will be a minimum of another $200 charged for color correction time plus the additional fee of a new ?press? proof for your approval. [back to top]


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