File Preparation Guidelines
If you are new to printing with Trend, it is strongly recommended that you send
test files as soon as possible. This will help avoid most problems, and the earlier
they are caught, the more likely your job can go to press on schedule. Please contact
your Customer Service Representative to schedule a test.
The most common problems are color management, trim size and PDF settings:
If you are familiar with color management and are currently incorporating it into
your workflow, feel free to use our ICC press profiles. If you have a calibrated
monitor and use these profiles in your color workflow, this can give a more accurate
display of your work. These files have been zipped, you will need to unzip them
For coated papers, use the US Web Coated v2 profile.
For uncoated papers, use the US Web Uncoated profile.
Be sure that you have reviewed your publication's trim size with your Customer Service
Representative before starting to build any documents. The document size (found
in the "Document Setup" or "Layout Properties" menus) must equal
the publication's trim size. Any bleeds will extend at least .25" beyond the
edge of the document.
Known by a variety of names, the live area is that portion of the page in which all text and important images should inhabit. The "safety margin" as it is sometimes called, is the margin between the trim and the live area. This is typically .1875" from the trim, but some pieces may require .25" depending on various press requirements. Check with your CSR if you need to make your live area any closer than .25".
Trend's recommended PDF settings will consistently
give good results. If you have your own settings that you'd prefer to
use, please send in some PDFs for testing to ensure they will work correctly in
It's always a good idea to use a program specifically built for page layout, such
as InDesign or Quark. Using Illustrator or Photoshop is NOT recommended, as they
can cause problems and compromise the high quality of your work.