Digital Files

The use of Digital Graphics Files can help reduce the degradation in print quality that is normally experienced when trying to reproduce artwork. Therefore, we are pleased to offer our Authorized Dealers the opportunity to provide specific types of digital graphics files to produce printed product orders.

Additional Specifications

Additional charges will be applied to digital file orders that do not follow the below design specifications and/or require additional work to make them ready for production.

OFFSET Color Assignments

Be certain to use the PMS Spot Colors intended output to reflect expected the graphics in your artwork.
For 1-Color Orders:
Black is used to represent Black ink color; be sure to use desired PMS Spot Color to represent any other ink color expected for output.
For 2-Color Orders:
Use desired PMS Spot Colors to represent ink color to be used for production

DIGITAL Color Assignments

BCE South is making every reasonable effort to stay current with the ever changing graphics arts computer technology. Please note, the file conversion process does not always yield an exact replica of the original artwork. Therefore, it is best to avoid complex production techniques and to always re-open, examine, and print a copy of your final output file(s). Build and save all process color files in CMYK.

Type Fonts

Please do not attempt to send type font files. Doing so may be in violation of license agreements and copyright laws. Instead, generate an Acrobat PDF file with embedded fonts; or, create outlines (curves or paths) to convert all text to graphics.


Please provide print-ready hi-resolution PDF files or JPG images with proper bleeds where applicable. We ask that you please setup your artwork at the correct finished size and are mindful of text/image safety areas (1/8″ inside of the finished edge), as well as to include the extended bleed area 1/8″ beyond the finished edge. Following these simple guidelines will allow us to provide you with the best possible outcome for your projects, as well as to help prevent delays for questions or concerns regarding image-cutoff or elements being placed where cutting or folding could impact the overall finished design.
To assist you in your design, you can download templates for our most popular printed items above.

Screens and Halftones

Screens and half tones are printed at 85 lpi. For best screen results, specify tint values between 20 and 40 percent. For best half tone results, provide a Tiff Grayscale files in 8-bit, black and white form.

Trap and Hairline Registration

Apply and overprint a .5 pt. stroke to graphic elements where two colors touch. For best results “choke” or “spread” the lighter color element into the darker color element.

Standard Production Methods

Business card graphics should be developed as outlined in the specifications for the Standard Business Card Layout Template.
Standard 2-color offset printing presses are used to print orders. Therefore, compatible digital graphics files should use only the actual PMS Spot Colors to represent the actual ink colors to be printed.

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If you wish to learn more about how to provide business card graphics in digital computer files.

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