Please click here and follow the on screen instructions to upload files to 1984 Printing.
Be sure to include your contact info and any important information about your project, like desired paper stocks, quantity ordered, ship or pickup deadlines, etc.
See our price list and a more comprehensive formatting guide here (pdf download).
Turnaround time for posters, postcards, and business cards is typically 5-10 business days. Zine and book job turnaround time ranges usually between 2 and 6 weeks. If you have a deadline, let us know — we can often accommodate, although rush charges may apply.
Formatting your work for print
We prefer Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, or PDF files. Files created in Quark must be saved as PDFs.
When working with text in Photoshop, you must outline your fonts! (Select: Layer -> Type -> Convert to shape.) If you skip this step, your text can become rasterized which means they print with fuzzy edges.
Grayscale and CMYK images should be saved at 300 dpi; bitmap files should be saved at 1200 dpi.
Word files are accepted, but reformatting charges will apply.
We also accept hard copy files, but scanning charges will apply.
Bleeds and margins
If your print project does not include 1/4” or larger white margins on all sides, then you need to add what is called “bleed.” This means, you extend your artwork or block of color beyond the final trim size. We will print your project on a larger sheet size than your final dimensions, and the excess image area that bleeds off the edges will be trimmed away in the finishing process. e.g. For a poster with a final trim size of 11 x 17, the overall image file should be 11.25” x 17.25” (1/8” bleed is added all around but will be trimmed after printing).
Anything that needs to be preserved from the final trim, such as text, important images or logos, etc. also needs to be placed in your file 1/8” away from the final trim edges which means 1/4” away from the bleed edges (we call this area the safety margin).
Please note that short run copier printing projects need 1/4” white margins on all sides, as the copier cannot print images past that margin area.
The bleed and safety margins should be included in your print-ready file. If they’re not, we may be able to fix it, depending on the files, but an additional charge will apply.
Book and zine files should be formatted as consecutive pages, not printer’s spreads.
If you have any questions, please contact Amy at 510.836.2385 or amy at 1984printing dot com.