- Whom do I contact with technical issues?
- To whom do I send materials?
- Why does S&T use Macintosh computers?
- Can I create an ad on my PC?
- What program files does S&T accept?
- Can I supply you with a PDF?
- Can S&T make changes to my ad?
- Why do I need to give S&T a proof?
- What are support files?
- What is a Type 1 PostScript Font?
- What is localized styling and why is it bad?
- Can I use an image from a Web site?
- What should I do if my file is very large?
Elizabeth Dalgren, our Advertising Coordinator, is the best person to contact with any technical questions relating to your ad, whether it be prior to your creating it or something that arises while the ad is processing. You can reach Elizabeth at 715-350-7099 or e-mail Elizabeth.Dalgren@FWMedia.com.
Materials can be sent to Elizabeth Dalgren, our Advertising Coordinator, via your preferred method of courier. We can accept digital files on CD or DVD. You can send digital transfers as an e-mail attachment to Elizabeth.Dalgren@FWMedia.com. If the file exceeds 5 MB, please contact Elizabeth at 715-350-7099 or e-mail Elizabeth.Dalgren@FWMedia.com for instructions on sending large files.
We're not alone. In fact, most graphic designers, desktop publishers, and printers
work on the Macintosh platform. Included in this group is our printer, who requires
us to supply Macintosh files.
Yes. The only thing we require is that you use a program that enables you to save your file as a PDF or TIFF (Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, for example). Saving your file in these formats will enable us to use it on the Macintosh platform with minimal problems.
If you are working on a Macintosh we can accept your files in a variety of ways. Layout application files we accept include InDesign. We also accept Photoshop and Illustrator files saved as EPS or TIFFs.
Yes, we accept PDF files for your ad, but they must meet a few requirements in order to be processed properly. The PDF must be saved without any image compression and font preferences set to: subset 100%. Also, all fonts must be embedded.
Sometimes. If the file is supplied in a Macintosh-based layout program, we can. If the file is supplied as a PDF or TIFF file, we might be able to edit the advertisement. Please remember that any alterations to a file may incur an additional charge. Also, due to strict printing deadlines, sometimes we are unable to affect a change if it is requested too late in our production cycle.
In order to ensure that what we reproduce in our magazine is exactly what you want, we require a "hard copy" of each ad to accompany the digital file. Not only does this help us eliminate errors in the reproduction, but it gives the printer visual guidance while working on your ad, making the entire process run much more smoothly.
Support files are any of the elements brought together in the layout to make up the entire design. These include images, logos, and fonts (both screen and printer fonts are required for us to be able to view the image on-screen and to print it correctly).
Type 1 PostScript refers to the type of PostScript encoding used to recognize a font and its characteristics. Because the RIP process (see "What is localized styling and why is it bad"?) reads files by their PostScript code, a non-PostScript font is not recognized properly during this process. For this reason we will need to substitute any non-PostScript fonts, such as TrueType fonts, with a suitable matching font. Please note that this step may incur an extra charge. A good source for purchasing these fonts is Adobe's Web site, www.adobe.com/type.
Localized styling is altering the bold or italic appearance of a font (typeface) within a program. For example, if you are using the font Minion in your ad and you would like certain copy to be bold, you might be tempted to simply make the font "bolded" using the layout software. The proper way to handle this is to use the font that gives you exactly the look you want, i.e. Minion Bold.
The reason we avoid localized styling is to avoid potential problems during the process of sending the final electronic files for output. This process is known as Raster Image Processing (RIP). Basically, RIP translates all elements of the file, including the fonts, per its PostScript code to enable proper press-ready output. Sometimes, when localized styling is applied to a font, the RIP software does not recognize this encoding as part of the font's PostScript code and this information can be lost, resulting in incorrect reproduction.
Most likely not. Most images that are used on the Internet are prepared at a resolution of 72 dpi, to allow them to be loaded and viewed quickly. Unfortunately this resolution is much too low for quality print reproduction; we recommend 300 dpi. Otherwise, the image will look "jaggy."
If you are sending a large file via e-mail attachment you may want to consider compressing the file. We can accept files compressed using ZipIt (.zip) or Stuffit (.sit). Using one of these compression software options will minimize the potential for problems when we expand the file on our end. Or contact us to upload your ad to our ftp site.