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Design Recommendations

What is Press Ready?
Press-ready is defined as a PDF digital file with ad pages correctly sized and not requiring any changes, typesetting or touch-ups. It is ready to print as is and the printed ad will look like the material submitted. The print quality will depend on the quality of the press-ready file. This file must be electronically submitted.
What Prints Best?
Black/white line art prints best. Ads with photos or artwork with shades or screens are accepted, but they need to be high resolution files. No website downloads please.

Need Assistance?

If your ad is not press ready we can design it for you at no additional cost.
  • Print the template size of your choice (at the actual size, check that your printer settings are not set to shrink to fit.
  • Mock-up your ad, provide clear instructions, and/or include materials (i.e. business cards, photos, etc.). Write names, titles, slogans, etc. in the appropriate sized spaces indicating where you want each placed.
  • Please do not tape, staple or glue material to the template sheets in case we need to scan material. Send original material rather than a photo copy, newspaper ad or fax as these will result in poor print quality.
  • Place all materials in an envelope (do not fold photos etc.) and mail or drop off to Sharon at FCCA, 378 Chestnut Street, Meadville, PA 16335.
  • Don't forget to include your ad order form, you can place the order online (here) or download and include this PDF if emailing, post mailing or dropping off.

Creating Press-Ready Ads

Please follow these guidelines
  • Create press-ready ad pages in one document using your own software. You can download a template from our template guide.
  • Set your page to the specifications in the template of your chosen size.
  • Include any frames or borders on the inside of the templates size.
  • Photos and images with shades of gray should be scanned at 100% of the printed size and saved at 300-600 ppi/lpi. Do not enlarge artwork in your document as this will reduce the ppi resulting in poor printing.
  • All elements must be in black and not color. Convert colors to grayscale.
  • When ad page is done, convert your file into a PDF.
  • Complete your advertising order online (here) and attach your digital ad file(s) or you can email your materials to sbieganski@fccafamily.com.

Template Guidelines

Full Page - 4.375" x 7.5"

PDF Template

Publisher Template

1/2 Page - 3 4.375" x 3.75"

PDF Template

Publisher Template

1/3 Page - 4.375" x 2.5"

PDF Template

Publisher Template

1/4 Page - 4.375" x 1.875"

PDF Template

Publisher Template

1/6 Page - 4.375" x 1.25"

PDF Template

Publisher Template

Patron - Text Only - Limited to 33 characters

  • If submitting using our PDF form, enter the organization name exactly how you want it to appear in our cookbook.

  • If using our online order form, select Patron and type in the information exactly as you want it to appear.