File Preparation Guidelines

Accepted File Requirements for Our Printing Services


What resolution should my photos/graphics be?

All images should be at 300 DPI or greater, otherwise anything less may turn out pixilated and low quality.


All fonts should be provided with your file. Please provide both screen and printer fonts.

We may not have all the fonts that are in your file. Providing them with your file saves us from having to locate certain fonts and therefore saves time in getting your product printed and delivered to you.

Size & Bleeds:

What is a bleed?
Bleed is a critical design feature in your file. Bleed is the extended artwork on all sides of your design, which allows for variances in cutting. Therefore to account for this you must have your backgrounds or artwork within the file extend outside the trim lines. All important artwork that cannot be cut out must be at least .125” inside the cut line.

For example: Business cards finished size 2.25” x 3.75”, artwork should be 2.125” x 3.625” with bleed

Artwork with Borders:

Does Markham Print Direct accept artwork with borders?
Yes, we will print artwork with borders. We do not recommend them but as long as the artwork accounts for them then there will not be a problem. The borders must not be too close to the cut lines. We cut through many sheets at a time and if the borders are aligned to close with the cut lines there might be some off centering after cutting. As long as the artwork accounts for the borders there will be no issues.

Colour Mode:

What colour mode should I save my files in?
We work in CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) and having us convert your files from other modes into CMYK may see a loss in certain colours. For example files submitted in RGB or pantone colour modes may look slightly different once they are converted to CMYK. Therefore save your files in CMYK colours before submitting the file to us.

Black and White should be saved in greyscale.

Products and Services

  • Black and White Digital Printing
  • Booklets
  • Brochures
  • Business Cards
  • Carbonless Forms
  • Colour Digital Printing
  • Colour Offset Printing
  • Mail Services
  • Envelopes
  • Flyers
  • Labels
  • Letterheads
  • Manuals
  • Newsletters
  • Notepads
  • Posters
  • Postcards
  • Presentation Folders
  • Product Sheets
  • Programs
  • Rack Cards
  • Binding (Plastic Coil, Wire-O, Cerlox)
  • Cutting
  • Design & Document Creation
  • Folding
  • Numbering
  • Online Proofing
  • Perforation
  • Scanning
  • Scoring & Slitting
  • Shrink Wrapping
  • Stapling & Stitching
  • Variable Data Printing