FAQ: Managed Print Services

Feb 6, 2017 | Mail & Print

There’s a lot of info and technical terms to learn when it comes to having your vision professionally printed. We’ve answered a few of the most frequently asked questions to help!

Printing QuestionsWhat resolution should I save my photos and graphics?

The resolution setting should be 300 dpi.

What does dpi mean?

DPI is the amount of ink dots per inch.

What is a vector image?

Vector images are a creation of digital images through a sequence of mathematical formulas that place lines and shapes in a given two-dimensional or three-dimensional space allowing for more flexibility and are ideal for graphics that frequently require resizing like a logo.

What is the difference between PNG and JPEG?

Both are raster image types, the most significant difference between the two is that PNG can have a transparent background and is generally larger and higher quality, making PNG ideal for icons, logos or anything that would benefit from a transparent background. Use JPEG for web photos.

What file format should I use when submitting my electronic document for printing?

PDF (Portable Document Format) is the preferred file format when submitting digital documents.

What is a proof?

A proof is a print designed to show the quality and accuracy of the original file submitted, ensuring the position is correct.

Why do printed colors look different from the colors on my screen?

Printers and computer monitors produce colors differently. Monitors use RGB (red, green, blue) which supports a much wider spectrum of colors. Printers use CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) which can generally match 85-90% of the colors found in RGB.

What is the difference between CMYK and RGB?

CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) refers to the inks digital presses mix to make colors on your printed job. RGB (red, green and blue) are colors of light a computer screen mixes make colors on your screen.

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