IMPORTANT - Before You Begin Designing
Other manufacturers may have sizing
specifications and artwork requirements that
do not match ours. Due to this we require
that your design files conform to our
specifications as noted herein. Failure to
do so may delay the start date of your order
and its completion date.
Artwork files must be supplied in final
form (ready to print without revisions).
Artwork files must be supplied on our
- templates from other
manufacturers may not meet our sizing
To avoid compatibility issues caused by
different computer platforms, software and
font types, we require that:
Your artwork files are to have all text
converted to outlines/paths.
Your artwork files are to be supplied in
PDF format (use the "High Quality" or
We recommend the use of these Adobe design
programs: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign,
Adobe Photoshop. FREE 30 day trials can be
Understand The Difference
Between CMYK and RGB
Failure to understand the difference between
CMYK and RGB can lead to disappointing print
results. If you are not experienced in
designing for commercial grade printing
please make note of the following:
Computer monitors, digital cameras, scanners
and many computer-printers use the RGB (Red,
Green, Blue) color mode to display images.
The RGB colors are combined together in
varying amounts to provide a much larger
range of colors for viewing purposes.
Commercial full-color printing companies use
the CMYK printing process and inks. Most of
the colors displayed by your RGB computer
monitor (and printer) can be duplicated in
the CMYK printing process... but not all.
This can cause variations between the colors
you view on your screen (in RGB) and what
will actually print (in CMYK). Additionally,
it is important to note that the images
displayed on your RGB computer monitor are
displayed through the generation of light,
thus, very vibrant colors can be created.
Images printed onto the paper and plastics
used in manufacturing your order are viewed
by the human eye through the reflection of
light off the product's surface. The result
is that vibrant RGB colors printed onto
paper or plastic in the CMYK process appear
less vibrant (duller) than the images you
view on your computer monitor.
Be aware that the color display on your
computer monitor is not likely to be 'true'.
Calibrating your monitor for design in CMYK
provides a better representation of the true
print colors on the screen so that there is
less variation between the colors you see on
the screen compared to what is printed.
Though color calibration improves the
accuracy of the color display, the monitor
is still not going to be 100% accurate.
Additionally, many consumer-level computer
printers work in the RGB color mode so there
may be a variation in the way some colors
are represented on your paper print compared
to what will actually print in CMYK.
General Design Rules
1. Your design page properties must be
set to 300dpi (dots per inch).
2. Your design page must be set to the
CMYK color mode (not RGB).
3. All bitmaps should be 300dpi and
supplied in either CMYK or Grayscale as
4. Processing/saving your bitmap images
as .TIF files will produce better
results than .JPG or .GIF.
5. Acceptable tonal range for
gradients/screens is between 15% and 85%
- tones outside that range may not
6. Always allow at least 1/8” (3mm) of
bleed past the finished edges of the
7. Don’t crowd the finished edge of your
design with text and imagery unless it
actually bleeds off the edge of the
recommend leaving a minimum gap of 1/4" (6mm) space.
8. Delete all images, text and/or layers
that are not required in the design.
9. Name your files so they can be easily
identified (eg: joe’s_sleeve.eps).
1. Minimum recommended type size for
positive print: 5 points
2. Minimum recommended type size for
reversed print: 6 points
3. IF USING PHOTOSHOP: Because text
tends to be pixelated when included in
bitmap images, we highly recommend that
Photoshop be used to process images but not for typesetting.
For best results it is preferable to
export images from Photoshop
as .TIFF files and then typeset in a program such as
Illustrator or InDesign.
When Your Design Is
Leave the design template in the design
for our visual reference but ensure it
is on its own layer. Never flatten the
into the artwork.
Convert all text to outlines/paths. If
using Photoshop please rasterize all
Save your designs in PDF file format
(choose the "High Quality" or "Press"
If you are designing using linked images
please supply those images in a separate
Place all of your relevant design
files/folders into one folder.
Use ‘Stuffit’ or ‘Winzip‘ to compress
your design folder and name it
Upload your design file(s) to us using a
service such as Hightail, Dropbox,
WeTransfer, or deliver your files to us
using Physical Portable Media (eg: USB,
CDR, DVDR, etc.).
Pre-Press and Proofs
*One round of electronic proofs is included
in your price. Additional sets of electronic
proofs are $35.00.
Our hourly design/prepress rate is $85.00.
Your supplied artwork files are expected
to be ready-to-print without changes or
modifications being required.
Design files are reviewed and electronic
proofs (PDF format) are provided.*
Proofs are for confirmation of the
physical layout only – not for color
Written approval is required.
Short-Run (or Quick-Turn) Disc Label
Specifications - 50 to 500 quantity orders
We offer two different methods for printing
artwork directly on the duplicated disc
THERMAL BLACK MONOCHROME
This method is the quickest and most
inexpensive option for printing shortrun
discs and looks great on both shiny
silver and white-top media. It works
best for basic cut-and-dried artwork
elements/ logos and bold text
(examples). Setup your artwork in the
Shortrun Black Monochrome label
This method is perfect for
high-resolution color artwork and
photographic elements (examples).
Default surface is white for accurate
color reproduction. Setup your artwork
in the Shortrun Full-Color label
YOUR LABEL DESIGN IS FINISHED
- Save/export your design as a
high-resolution TIFF or PDF file.
- Use ‘Stuffit’ or ‘Winzip‘ to compress
your design file and name it “disc_label_my_project_name”.
- Upload your design file to our website
(up to 20mb), send via YouSendIt.com or
provide on Physical Portable Media.
IMPORTANT: Make sure not to flatten your
template keylines into your disc label
artwork. Your submitted tiff file should
look like a donut: provide just the artwork
elements you want to print on the disc