Our File Submission Guidelines
We’re here to help guide you through the entire file submission process – from uploading your file to installing our color settings, and answering any questions you may have.
Set your project up for success using our file uploading best-practices below. It’s our way to help you minimize unpleasant surprises and avoid surcharges.
Using your page-layout application, choose the Package or Collect for Output function to copy all the graphics and fonts required for your project.
Before submitting your files, print them to a PostScript laser printer. Submit these desktop page proofs along with your files. This will allow us to check your file content against your proofs. If you’ve scaled your proofs, the content of your files should match your proofs exactly.
For page layout file formats, please use .INND (Adobe InDesign). For image file formats, use .JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) or .TIFF (Tagged Image File Format). For graphic file formats, use .EPS (Encapsulated PostScript).
If you’re using spot colors in your files and the same spot color appears several times within the same document, be consistent in specifying each object’s color. If you’d like us to convert certain spot colors to process colors, simply indicate where you’d like this done.
Delete all non-used files, patterns, layers, or other irrelevant components from your files. This includes those elements that might be visible or hidden behind other objects within layers.
When naming your files, utilize unique names relevant to your project (such as “Tropical Vacation Booklet” or “Southwest Dining Brochure”). These will make your files easily identifiable, versus general names like “Document” that could be confused with someone else’s files.
Follow the step-by-step instructions below to download and install our Jostens Printing Color Settings File (.csf) and Jostens Printing PDF Export Settings (.joboptions).
Download the following two files, “Jostens Printing.csf” and “Jostens Printing PDF.joboptions.” Save them to a location that is easy to find, such as your desktop.
Open Adobe Photoshop.
Go to Edit > Color Settings.
Browse to the “Jostens Printing.csf” file you had downloaded and select the file.
Select Open then OK. Leave Photoshop running.
Open Adobe Bridge.
Go to Edit > Color Settings.
Highlight the “Jostens Printing” item OR highlight the “Jostens Printing.csf” file.
Select Apply and leave Bridge running.
Open Adobe InDesign.
Go to File > Adobe PDF Presets > Define.
Browse to the “Jostens Printing PDF.joboptions” file you had downloaded and select the file.
Close all Adobe Creative Suite applications.
NOTE: The next time you open any Adobe Creative Suite application, those color settings will be active, and any new documents you create will inherit them. When it is time to export your PDF to submit for printing, please make sure your InDesign document has bleeds defined (at least .125”) and uses the Jostens Printing PDF Export Setting.