CorelDraw Format

IMPORTANT:  If you will be using Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator/EPS format, CorelDraw or Microsoft Publisher, you MUST use the free design templates we have available for download FOR THESE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS/FORMATS in the appropriate "Download Templates" section of our Design Guidelines page. This will ensure the least hassle possible when preparing your designs for plating, which will virtually guarantee quicker turnaround and accurate, sharp print results. These templates are already set in CMYK mode, at the correct bleed design size, margins and resolution. All you need to do is open the template and start designing. Please make sure you save the template with the same settings originally embedded, but feel free to RENAME each file to your liking. Renaming won't change any settings unless you allow that to happen.

You can send us your CorelDraw files IF you prefer not to bother with exporting them as EPS or Illustrator (.ai) files. We charge a $5 fee per side to export Corel files to our print-ready format, so if you wish to avoid these charges, follow our TIFF export instructions here. Simply save your file in CorelDraw format (.cdr). You must:

  1. Make sure your files are in CMYK MODE, not RGB MODE.
  2. Make sure your files are 355 dpi.
  3. Convert all text to "curves", ESPECIALLY for Mac people!!!
  4. Make sure your file contains a bleed margin. For details see bleeds.
  5. Any "unusual" or "rare" fonts must be included when you upload your files.
  6. Compress your files using either winzip (on PCs), or stuff it (on MACs).

Feel free to contact us via email at if you're still not clear on preparing your CorelDraw files.



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