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File Specifications

Preferred File Format/Software

We prefer files to be created on the Macintosh Platform; however, we can accept digital files from the PC platform. Please keep in mind that most PC platform files will be converted to the Macintosh platform which may cause font issues.

  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Document color mode: CMYK

Do not use

The following software is not intended to create documents for high-end outputs and should be
avoided due to lack of integrity and information when submitted in its native form:

  • Power Point
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Microsoft Word
  • Word Perfect

Graphics & Scans

  • Please include all linked graphic files (fonts or outlined text, eps, tiff psd,etc).
  • Photoshop image resolution set at 300dpi
  • Include Layered Photoshop files

For example: if you created a logo in Adobe Illustrator that contains a Photoshop image,
you must provide both the Illustrator files as well as the Photoshop file. Graphics applications
will not manually collect the Photoshop file, so you must manually copy it. All graphics should
be in EPS or TIFF format; avoid PICT and Windows BMP files.

Scan all color and Gray scale photos at 300 dpi at the final size they will be used in your
document. All color scans must be saved as CMYK color space; if RGB images are received
they will be converted to the CMYK color space using CartonCraft CMYK profile.

Die Templates

Please request dieline in advance from your Customer Service Rep.
(print side up) and do not alter supplied die line.


  • Registration Tolerance 0.0156
  • Print-to-Cut Tolerance 0.03125
  • Trapping Guidelines 0.005
  • Linescreen 150
  • Dot % Minimum 5% • Dot % Maximum 90%

Type and Rules

  • Minimum Type Size (Positive) 4.5pt
  • Minimum Type Size (Reverse) 6pt
  • Minimum Type Size (Positive- Copyright, Registered, TM, etc)
  • 4.5pt Minimum Type Size (Reverse- Copyright, Registered, TM, etc) 6pt
  • Line/Stroke Weight (Positive) .25pt
  • Line/Stroke Weight (Reverse) 1pt process/ .5pt 1-PMS


Please build your file and graphic elements with a minimum .125” bleed.


Please do not trap your job. CartonCraft uses state of the art trapping software specific to our
print process. Our Pre-Press technicians will set all trapping parameters that will yield
the highest quality final product.
If you are supplying Trapped file: Standard Trap: .005”

UPC Specifications

  • Minimum Size 80%
  • Printer Compensation:-.0006” (-15 Microns) for offset Bar Width Adjustment:-.0004” (-10 Microns) for offset
  • Quiet area must be followed for printability 80%-1/16”, 90%-3/32”, and 100%-1/8”
  • Minimum percentage of reflectance:31.6% (difference between dark bars and background)

If we are creating your UPC Codes, please supply the number system character (prefix num
ber) along with the 10 digit UPC code.

Securely send your files with a Cloud service

For the fastest and easiest transfer, upload your files directly to a service you already use, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, or WeTransfer. Here’s how it works:

  1. Choose your preferred cloud storage service.
  2. Upload your files to a new folder or existing one.
  3. Share the folder containing your files with us.

Benefits of Cloud Storage:

    • Fast and convenient: No need to create a separate user account for our system.
    • Secure: Cloud storage services offer robust security measures.
    • Familiar platform: Use a service you’re already comfortable with.

Securely send your files via FTP

For larger files or those requiring extra security, you can request a user account for our secure FTP site by contacting your CartonCraft CSR. Remember to include a composite PDF of your artwork for our prepress department to reference the final output.

Physically send your files on CD or DVD

While less common, you can still send your files on a CD or DVD. Please include a laser printout of each item for reference by our prepress team.

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