TFM File Specifications
Electronic files accepted
Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop
Mac-based files preferred
For PC-based files:
Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop files – convert all fonts to outlines
Supply all Screen and Printer Fonts used in File
Each screen font requires the corresponding printer font in
order to print correctly. Do not "stylize" fonts unless the
corresponding printer fonts are included.
Supply all placed images used in the file
Effective resolution should be 250-350 dpi on EPS files and 600-1200 dpi on Line Art files. Art needs to be saved as CMYK. RGB or Index Color files will print incorrectly.
Specify duotones to print as process color.
Do not save files containing alpha channels
(i.e. extra channels for masks): images should be flattened and not contain any extra layers.
Remove LZW compression on images.
Clipping paths should be saved with a flatness of 5.
Heavy coverage of black should be a rich black.
Values: 40 Cyn; 20 Magenta; 20 Yellow; 100 Black.
Supply a color/b&w laser or digital proof of your file
FTP files which are larger than 2 MB to:
If you are using a software program such as Transmit, Fetch, etc., use
the following site address:
User ID: bcfm
If you are using a browser URL such as Safari, Firefox, etc., use the following site address:
Note the "s" in https:
User ID: bcfm
Email files which are 2 MB or smaller to email@example.com.