Updated: Mar 15, 2021
On average, for every creative print job produced it requires printing companies 6 to 10 emails back-and-forth to repair provided file production (does the art have bleeds and crop marks?) get missing linked images, repair color issues, and find missing fonts. Each request can slow down a job from a few hours to a few days.
You can keep your job out of the dreaded "File Loop" or "Art Correction Loop" by ensuring you share the proper specs and instructions and respond to your printer in a timely fashion.
Here's the lifecycle of a creative print job -- Notice how the "File Loop" is precisely where the job can get delayed.
Your project will zip through when your art is prepared correctly before sending it to the printer.
Make sure your art files include:
Bleeds if applicable
Colors, built in the appropriate color space
All linked assets including photos, graphics, logos and fonts
Rasterized images at full resolution (best at 300 dpi at full size or ask us)
Die guides for cutting if needed
Separate files or layers for spot lamination or textural printing
Make sure your print instructions include:
A project description
Deadline if there is one
Finished piece dimensions and any scaling information
Substrate you want (paper weight, etc)
Printing techniques you want
Instructions for finishing (trimming, folding, hemming, grommets, lamination, etc)