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cmykIn our quest to provide you with the highest quality publication, we strive to make the process as easy as possible for you. We have included answers to frequently asked questions in the following sections in an effort to get you prepared to print with us.

If the following sections do not contain the information that you require, feel free to call us at (209) 862-2222 and one of our knowledgeable customer service representatives will be happy to help you on the road to success.

Preparing Your Publication For Web Printing

PDF is the preferred format to receive your publication. If your PDF is distilled correctly, it enables us to produce your publication in a consistent, high-quality manner (Please refer to our guide below for proper distiller settings). However, if corrections are required, it is our policy that you resubmit your PDF with the necessary changes.

Images

We accept Black and White (Grayscale) and Color (must be CMYK). Please note RGB photos will not print in "true" colors.

We will not color-correct photos unless you have approved it. We are not responsible for the printing quality of outside adjusted photos. If you have any technical questions regarding your photos, please give your Mattos customer service representative a call.

Resolution

We use 85-line screen for color images and grayscale images. Image resolution should be a minimum of one-and-a-half of that, for example, 150-200 dpi for grayscale/CMYK files running at 100% and at least 600 dpi for line art, depending on the original's quality. 

PDF settings

If you are using InDesign, make sure to choose "Adobe PDF (Print)" under Format in the PDF export dialog. Next, make sure "Press Quality" is selected as the Adobe PDF Preset. Finally, go to the output tab > ink manager and choose "All Spots to Process."

If you are using other software such as Quark and exporting files to Acrobat Distiller, please choose "Press Quality" in the job options.

Previewing Your Files

We recommend that you check the color separations of your files in Acrobat prior to sending (go to Tools > Print Production > Output Preview). This will allow you to preview the individual plates and make sure everything is correctly separating.  

How To Send Us Your Publication

We prefer that your upload your publication to us online via this website. For login information, please contact your Mattos representative. If you are unable to transfer the files to us online, you may bring them to us on a storage device delivered to our Newman facility.

For more information or to speak to a representative, please call us at (209) 862-2222.

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