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Submitting a Print Job

Information Needed for Submission
Please review the print-ready guidelines below and the GOlab’s policies before submitting a file.

To submit files to us for print, please email the following information to golab@vcu.edu with your .PDF files.

If your files are too large to submit via email, upload them to Google Drive and share the folder with us with the path to the folder included in the form.

  1. Name, email, and department
  2. Paper or fabric type for each file submitted (choices can be found on our services page)
  3. Print dimensions of each file
  4. How many pages of each file and how many copies needed
  5. Whether or not you need trim marks, or have already included them

Being Print-Ready

Use only high-resolution images to avoid distorted, pixelated prints.
The GOlab suggests a 300 DPI/PPI resolution to get the best print.

Save your files as PDF
The GOlab requires that all files be submitted as PDF for our large-format and fabric printers (vinyl cutting requires .AI).

The benefits of saving a PDF for print are: 1) All elements are self-contained in the file, including images, fonts, and graphics being automatically included. 2) PDFs can be viewed as they intend to be printed. and 3) PDFS are smaller than working files (the files created by image building programs like .INDD, .PSD, and .AI), and don’t rely on having specific types of software to view.

Design your work at the same size it will be printed
If you want your print to be 18×24, create the file dimensions to be 18×24. The GOlab will not resize files that are incorrect for you.

You may want to add a bleed to help you trim
A bleed allows your file to “bleed” slightly over the dimensions during print so the edges appear even after trim. A bleed cannot be added to a file after it is submitted to us, so it’s best to design with a bleed.

Flatten your files
Whenever possible, please flatten your files and combine all the layers into one. It lowers the amount of data in each file. This will decrease the strain on our printers.

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