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  OCS handles ALL your Graphic and Design needs, but if you wish to send or forward artwork/photos to OCS, please consider these following points …

GRAPHIC FORMATS (i.e. Photos & Line Art):

Please save all original graphics in a TIFF, JPG or EPS format. If a Photoshop file, save as RGB, not CMYK. Image resolution must be set at 300 DPI and image should be sized accordingly. Most jobs should be output at a 150-line screen, but not less than 100. All photo scans need to be made at a min. of 85 lines or higher.

All Illustrator and Freehand files should have 0.144pt trapping on over-laying color images. Avoid complicated clipping paths. Please include at least an 1/8" bleed when bleeding images, (same all around for full bleed documents) and keep any type or critical design 1/4" from the edge (a safety zone). All line art should be between 1000 - 1200 DPI depending on size of image. Any documents that have F.P.O. photos must be clearly marked across the photo (in document) like a watermark. The following is a list of four graphic formats we desire, in order of preference. (Note: We do not prefer Mac files.)

Tagged Image Format
Standard Graphic Format
Standard Graphic Format
MS Word 97 or older
(PS: TIF and JPG generally provide the best images.)

It would be nice to have the actual 35mm photograph; however, we can handle the Digital Photos, if based on the standards detailed above. Remember, the resolution on your digital camera must be set to at least 800 x 1000 pixels or better. If your camera falls below these parameters then the quality would be less than an actual 35mm picture and most likely have "jaggies". (Also asking us to use or take a photo from a website is never a good idea. Photos on website are usually shot at low resolution and extracting it also hinders the overall quality or resolution of the picture.) IF YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND THESE PARAMETERS, PLEASE CALL.
E-mailing an image also affects quality. Thus, an image sized at 9" x 12" would be okay at 100 DPI or higher, but a smaller image, say 3" x 4" would need to be sent at 300 DPI or better. (Maintaining 300 DPI for your photographs overall is generally a good rule of thumb.)

If a graphic is "grouped", the file needs to be sent grouped for format purposes, but also ungrouped, so each component can be handled separately for printing purposes and possible manipulation.

Preferred MEDIA in order of preference: (The first two choices are really the best)
1.    A Zip Disk, 3 1/2" disk or a CD ROM.
2.    DVD.
3.    E-mailed within the above file formats (Maximum file size for E-mail, 5mb).

Other standard Word Processing documents can probably be read, but the above is preferred. Refer to your "SAVE AS"… feature in your software package.

Images from the Internet or web sites are 72 dpi GIF, JPEG or PNG files and usually do NOT provide a good quality image for printing. Color and resolution are removed from these images to allow for rapid transfer on the Internet. These images would appear fuzzy and dull.

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