Gutenberg printing press

How to send a file for printing

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Email   You can send files to us via email as an attachment — up to 15mb. Remember to include your contact information, brief project description and delivery date in your email.


We will send you an email confirming that we have received your file.

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First you will need an FTP client, there are many available for both free and purchase — SmartFTP for Windows and Fetch for Mac.

Uploading   To upload a file via FTP, simply call or email Brandes Printing Company to get your login and password. Once logged in you will be able to upload your print ready files to our FTP site.


We will send you an email confirming that we have received your file.

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If you need help in preparing your files for print, call Homer, Monday through Friday at (510) 841-2085 and he’ll walk you through the process to make sure your print project goes smoothly without any delays or extra charges.

Our preferred format for file submission is a press ready PDF file which provides a seamless transition from artwork to press and is not platform specific. Very often a simple phone call can answer all of your questions — our job is to make you look good!

Resolution and Color

  • Image resolution must be at least 300 dpi (dots per inch) at placed size.
  • All print ready files must be submitted in CMYK or spot color (PMS).
  • Convert RGB colors into CMYK to avoid any color shift that can occur during preflight.

Bleeds and Trims

  • Bleeds are required on all artwork where an image or a graphic extends beyond the trim. We suggest adding a 1/4″ to the total trim size of your printed piece — this will provide an 1/8″ margin on each side for the bleed.
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PDF’s and Native Files

  • It is important to embed all fonts or convert fonts to outlines before creating your PDF.
  • We also accept artwork created in professional graphic design software. When providing native files, package to include all linked files. If sending via FTP, use a compression utility to compress multiple files before uploading.

Brandes Printing Company

726 Addison Street ~ Berkeley, California 94710
510 841-2085
Office Hours: Mon - Fri 7am - 3pm