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Pre-Press Specs

Pre-Press Specs

Our digital large format process enables short runs to be printed. Color posters, signs, fleet graphics, trade show graphics and other specialty format printing is therefore available. With an ever-changing world of technology and list of new materials, Pixus continuously offers new products and services. For a list of products and services or questions, contact one of our helpful sales representatives.

Design & Layout

Graphic design, layout services and photo scans are available upon request.


Most images can be mounted, laminated and finished on a variety of substrates including adhesive products, fabrics, hard boards and more. Pixus operates two laminators with the capacity to finish any size order with a fast turnaround.


Pixus offers the following formatting tip to quickly and accurately print your colorful large format graphics. To best expedite printing and minimize costs we ask that all files be built to Actual Size at 100 dpi.


Macintosh and PC files are accepted on the following:

  • - Email or FTP / File uploads (see FTP below)
  • - DVD
  • - CD

Files can be emailed if under the size of 4 MB. Use our upload site for larger files.


The Pixus FTP (File Transfer Protocol) or File Uploads can be accessed by entering and then choosing File Uploads from our menu and follow instructions. Additional software is not required.

File Formats

PDF’s (Portable Document Format) are the most commonly used files and most EPS (Encapsulated PostScript) can be imported and edited.

  • - Adobe Illustrator: EPS with fonts outlined
  • - Adobe Photoshop: RGB, TIFF or EPS
  • - Adobe InDesign: Package the document or export as an EPS with outlined fonts.

Contact Pixus for all other programs.


Produce a rich, solid black and improve quality for large areas creating a four-color process black by choosing 75% cyan, 75% magenta, 75% yellow and 100% black, instead of the usual one-color default black.

PMS Colors

PMS (Pantone Matching System) colors are critical for accurate reproductions. Pixus uses a process color matching system to achieve within 90 to 100% of specified colors. Hard proofs are recommended and can be created for a nominal charge.

PDF File Submission

We suggest using the industry standard PDF file format to ensure an accurate and timely turnaround of your printed material. All files must be created at 100 dpi at actual size or must possess the ability to be scaled.

Graphic elements and photos in the file must follow the same size / resolution standard.

PDF's must be saved as CMYK “Print Optimized” X-1A files which flatten the layers. CMYK is a scheme for combining primary pigments. The Cstands for cyan (aqua), M stands for magenta (pink), Y for yellow, and K for Key. The key color in today's printing world is primarily black.


Files should be set at actual size. Indicate scale in % and provide the final dimensions if we are to scale your file. Check all photo resolutions for Actual Size before sending files.


Always include Printer and Screen fonts when sending your Macintosh files. Include TTF, TTI and OTF fonts when sending PC files. Pixus will use Adobe Type 2 compatible fonts whenever possible and try to convert to outline.


Proofs are available only upon request. Electronic proofing is done using JPG or PDF files sent via email or viewed using the Pixus public or secure proofing website.

  • - Website proofs must be requested.
  • - Notify your sales representative or designer in advance if a secured folder is required.