Press-ready material is a digital file that is ready to print with no alterations or typesetting required. A hard copy may be submitted if content is only black text and black line art; print on white paper.
Text and artwork must fit within the yellow area of the templates below. Use our Microsoft® Word Templates or print Custom Folder Guidelines (PDF) for instructions.
Provide instructions with your order. Indicate placement and color for wording and artwork or photos.
Design fees may apply for complex material (e.g., maps, calendars, charts) that must be re-created.
Folder Front & Back Covers
Guidelines for "Text-Only" Material We Typeset
We will typeset text in 9-point Helvetica type and resize to fit if too long.
For back cover: Submit approximately 1 page of single-spaced, 9-pt. typed text (900 words maximum).
For pockets: For each pocket, submit approximately 1/3 page of single-spaced, 9-pt. typed text (300 words maximum).
Design fees may apply for complex material (e.g. maps, calendars, charts) that must be re-created.
Artwork Guidelines - Folder Material
Tip 1: Submit a clear, sharp copy of your school mascot. DO NOT FAX IT. For your convenience, select a mascot from our mascot library.
Tip 2: Artwork MUST be black line drawings on white paper. Artwork with gray shading, from photocopies, or low-resolution files (72 ppi) will print poorly. See our Folder Digital Image Specifications (PDF) for details.
Tip 3: Submit artwork as close to desired size as possible. Reducing may result in loss of quality and enlarging may magnify imperfections.
Tip 4: Do not submit copyrighted or trademarked material (e.g., pro sports logos, D'Nealian® Alphabet, etc.) unless owner provides written consent.
Tip 5: Send artwork flat, protected with heavy cardboard. If you have a digital file, please upload material.
If our specifications are not followed, School Mate® is not responsible for poor print quality.