File Preparation

Color Accuracy

Metropolitan Digital will reproduce color from submitted print-ready files as closely as possible, but even under the best circumstances, an exact color match is not possible. This is an inherent limitation in the printing process. The term “color match” refers to the color rendering intent specified in the submitted artwork. If the artwork contains colors specified as Pantone spot colors, Metropolitan Digital will attempt to match the color as closely as possible. However, only a limited number of Pantone colors can be matched perfectly in the CMYK digital printing process.

The artwork, as it appears on your computer screen, is almost certainly not accurate since every computer screen renders color differently. An on-screen proof cannot match the color or density of a printed piece. Even different programs on the same computer can render color differently. By placing an order with Metropolitan Digital you agree to this limitation.

For these reasons, we cannot be responsible for color variations between submitted files and the final printed piece. If color is critical, you should request a hard proof, which will represent the output you can expect very closely.

Application of UV or other coatings may affect or change the appearance of the printed colors; we cannot guarantee the final color appearance of a coated product.

Once you've gotten to the point where you are ready to place your order, you will need to upload your print files.  To make the process as simple and smooth as possible, we have some pointers for setting up your artwork:


Color is a big topic, but it does not have to be. We can work with output from almost any program as long as it is in PDF format. We can work with files in CMYK or in RGB. Though it is not ideal, we can also work with a mix of both in one document. 

PDF Format

Because there are numerous software packages and file formats that may be used to create artwork, it is neither practical or possible for a printer to support every possible file format. Also, many file formats make it very difficult if not impossible for the printer to produce the same output that the customer sees on their own computer. For this reason, the printing industry has standardized on the PDF file format. A PDF file is a "self contained" document, and usually has everything necessary to print the file, including necessary fonts. For this reason, all print files submitted to Metropolitan Digital are recommended to be in PDF format. 


Templates and Artwork Guidelines are available for all of products, and detail how to set-up for your artwork. Please contact us to receive these pdf templates via email.

To ensure the best print job possible, please keep these points in mind when creating and saving your artwork for Metropolitan Digital.

  • Please set up your art as "one-up". We will impose for the press using special tools here. If you submit art in two or more "up" printer's spreads it actually creates more work for please make it easier on both of us!
  • PDF Files can be saved in a variety of ways, not all of them acceptable for professional printing. 
  • If your print job has a bleed, please make sure your artwork overlaps the edge of the page by 1/8 to 1/4 inch. 1/8 inch is sufficient for smaller jobs, such as business cards, flyers, post cards, and the like. 1/4 inch is preferable for large format jobs such as posters, signs, banners, canvas prints, or trade show graphics.
  • If your job has a bleed, your PDF file needs to be sized properly and include crop marks. Some software packages, such as Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, and QuarkXpress make it very easy to include crop marks and bleed. Other software, such as Microsoft Word, do not. In any case, if you have bleed, this is what your PDF should look like when you are done:
    • Your PDF's page size should be 1 inch wider and 1 inch taller than the final cut size of your printing.
    • Center your artwork in the middle of the larger page.
    • Place crop marks on all four corners of your artwork to show us exactly where the document is to be trimmed.
    • Size your artwork so that it overlaps the edge of your printed piece from 1/8" to 1/4" on any bleed edge.

Please contact us at any time with any questions or comments.
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