Digital Tips

What are my limitations as far as size in Color Output?

Spectrum Printing offers a broad range of color output options for users of the latest Mac & Windows Operating Systems. In addition to standard letter size (8½”x11″) and tabloid-size (11″x17″) color laser output, Spectrum Printing offers photographic quality inkjet prints up to 42″ wide x any reasonable length. Outdoor signage up to 50” wide x any reasonable length.

Is there a fee for processing my files?

Once suitable files are received by Spectrum Printing, they must be loaded into a computer and processed before they can be printed. Most files require only 10-15 minutes of processing time before they are ready to be printed. More complex files may take from 30 minutes to several hours to process. Because processing requires the exclusive use of a computer, it is necessary to charge a processing fee for all files that take more than 30 minutes to process.

What is your typical turnaround time?

Normal turnaround time for orders of color laser prints (less than 100) is less than four hours. Turnaround time for large format (larger than 11″x17″) photographic, inkjet, or electrostatic orders is normally twenty-four hours after receipt of suitable files by Spectrum Printing, unless it is an unusually large order (more than five files or ten prints) or requires an unusually long time to process. Laminating and/or mounting services require an additional twenty-four hours. Rush charges of 100% apply to jobs requiring faster than normal turnaround time. Additional overtime charges apply to rush jobs requiring work outside of normal working hours.

What is a Native File?

Native files are all the files necessary for successfully creating the desired printed output. These files include the primary data file and all linked screen font, printer font, graphic, and image files. Native files require Spectrum Printing to have the same or later version of the application software that created the primary data file. If Spectrum Printing does not have the proper application program, a PostScript (.ps) print file or an Encapsulated PostScript (.eps) file can be provided as an alternative, depending upon the type of output desired.

What are PostScript (.ps) Print Files?

PostScript (.ps) print files are computer files that contain all the data required to print directly to a PostScript printer. They have the advantage of automatically combining all the font, graphic, and image files linked to the primary data file into a single print file. This guarantees that Spectrum Printing receives all the necessary support data to successfully create the desired output.

When is it best to use PostScript files?

PostScript (.ps) print files are most appropriate for small format color laser printing and black laser printing at Spectrum Printing, because most users have access to Postscript printer drivers that can print to 8 ½”x11″ and 11″x17″ paper sizes. PostScript (.ps) print files may contain multiple pages per file. For small format output, PostScript (.ps) print files are the easiest, fastest, and most reliable type of file to provide.

What are Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) Files?

When submitting files for large format output (larger than 11″x17″), Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) files can be generated and delivered to Spectrum Printing for sizing and printing. EPS files are similar to PostScript (.ps) print files except that they have the added advantage of being able to be sized and positioned on a page where PostScript (.ps) print files can not be sized or positioned. Importantly, EPS files may contain only one page per file.

What does an EPS File do?

Many graphics and illustration programs, as well as many image-editing programs, provide specific commands for saving a page as an EPS file. When created from direct commands, EPS files typically combine into a single file the primary data file and all linked graphic and image files, but not font files. When created in this manner, all printer font files used by the primary data file must be provided to Spectrum Printing in addition to the EPS file for proper output.

How does using an EPS file benefit me?

EPS files can also be created using a Postscript printer driver, similar to the creation of PostScript (.ps) print files. When created in this manner, the user is typically given the option to include or exclude the fonts in the EPS file. Including the fonts simplifies the task of collecting all the proper files and guarantees that Spectrum Printing will receive all the necessary data to successfully complete the color imaging job in a timely manner.

Can I send my files electronically?

Absolutely. If your file’s size is 10 MB or less, you can e-mail it to us at one of the addresses on our Contact Us list. Let us know what kind of file it is (PostScript, Stuffit, Zipped, etc.), and what the native application of the file is (Photoshop, Illustrator, QuarkXPress, etc.).

You can also send any size file to us via FTP. For more information on email or FTP file submission, contact Scott Keese.