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What is the best file format for printing with quality?

Best File Format for Printing If We Need Quality?

design best file formats for printing companies
Design best file formats for printing companies?

We are all aware there are thousands of different graphic file formats for design files all across different computer and software brands, but with the pass of the years, it has been clear on which are the most used file formats and which ones printing companies prefer as for the design file.


Keeping it simple, among all thousands of file formats, printing companies ask the customer to convert their graphic design to “.JPG” as the highest compression (less amount of storage) and highest quality (Will distort the image a lot less than other file formats). Also, remember to convert your art to CMYK for long run offset printing or RGB for color copies. Both are going to be explained further in the article.

What File Formats Are Accepted Appart From “.JPG” For Printing


At 55printing.com we accept all file formats available in the world and we then convert it to our more convenient file formats for printing, then we send a graphical proof via email to the customer totally free of charge even before you place the order with us.

To request a free proof for your design, please visit the “Free design proof” request form section here: 55printing.com/free-design-digital-proof-before-printing-order.html

Top 10 File Format for Design Printing

  1. JPG = used interchangeably with JPG. JPEG stands for Joint Photographic Experts Group, who created the standard. JPG files have 2 sub-formats, JPG/Exif (often used in digital cameras and photographic equipment), andJPG/JFIF (often used on the World Wide Web).
  2. PNG = (pronounced ping as in ping-pong; for Portable Network Graphics) is a file format for image compression. In time, is expected to replace the Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) that is widely used in today’s Internet.
  3. PDF = PDF is also an abbreviation for the Netware Printer Definition File. PDF (Portable Document Format) is a file format that has captured all the elements of a printed document as an electronic image that you can view, navigate, print, or forward to someone else.
  4. DOC = In computing, DOC or doc is a filename extension for word processing documents. Most commonly in the proprietary Microsoft Word Binary File Format. Historically, the extension was used for documentation in plain text, particularly of programs or computer hardware on a wide range of operating systems.
  5. TIFF = Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) is a variable-resolution bitmapped image format developed by Aldus (now part of Adobe) in 1986. TIFF is very common for transporting color or gray-scale images into page layout applications but is less suited to delivering web content.

Less Used Files Format for Printing

  1. BMP = The BMP file format, also known as bitmap image file or device-independent bitmap (DIB) file format or simply a bitmap, is a raster graphics image file format used to store bitmap digital images, independently of the display device (such as a graphics adapter)
  2. SVG = Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is an XML-based vector image format for two-dimensional graphics with support for interactivity and animation. The SVG specification is an open standard developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) since 1999. SVG images and their behaviors are defined in XML text files.
  3. PPTX and PPT = A file with the PPTX file extension is a Microsoft PowerPoint Open XML Presentation file. These files are used to store slide show presentations.
  4. EPS (Encapsulated PostScript) = Encapsulated Postscript Vector graphics (Adobe Illustrator) EPS is a file extension for a graphics file format used in vector-based images in Adobe Illustrator. The initials EPS stands for Encapsulated PostScript. AnEPS file can contain text as well as graphics.
  5. CDR (CorelDRAW) = A CDR file is a vector graphics file that stores a digital image encoded and compressed to be opened and manipulated by a vector editing software program. Files saved with the CDR extension are designated for use with CorelDRAW products as well as other Corel applications.

CMYK vs RGB Basics

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  • All Scanners, digital lens cameras, and monitors for computers and smartphones use red, green and blue (RGB) light to display color.
  • Commercial printing presses print with cyan, magenta, yellow and black (CMYK) ink. Also often called as the process printing, instead of the displayed RGB light, and therefore produce a different range of colors and tones.

In what printing case to use CMYK or RGB for the Design File?

The difference is simple, but it is always a good idea and strongly recommended to ask your printer on which file format they want the design file to be on. The main purpose of this color change option, if for you. As the customer to have a better idea on what is the final look of your art, beforehand.

If you built the design in RGB mode and then change it to CMYK, you will right away notice it takes a pale and denoted color tone change as you might take into note this is a totally different way to build up colors. Many mistakes can be avoided by switching to the correct file format on time before sending it to printing.



CMYK for Printing in Bulk

If you are printing more than 1,000 units like business cards, flyers, postcards or brochures. Keep them to maintain low costs to the customer. Printing companies use the most reliable and better quality printing technique called offset printing. In this printing technique, different plates are pre-perforated for each color layer, then during the printing. The ink goes thru these little wholes onto the paper.

This allows a wider range of tones and printing perfection for your art if designed correctly. Nowadays, offset printing (CMYK) is the top most popular printing method used by printing industries all over the world. So for the designer, its a must to know about this little trick.

RGB for Printing in Little Quantities

When you are just concerned on printing a little number of copies like a few postcards to send to friends. Maybe a few pictures to print for the album or even a few flyers to hand out to local customers. The odds that you will find yourself printing these on a regular copier machine are very high. Getting cheap color copies for regular daily activity is really easy and there are many local print shops with these machines all over the place.

The ink or toner used for color copies machines is in the same color format. As the screen on your smartphone or even your computer screen. Making it a lot easier for you to see a better idea on what the final product will look like after printing.

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