Production Printing & Graphics

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Oakland Schools - ​Production Printing & Graphics website.

Quality offset printing and digital imaging at competitive pricing while remaining dedicated to personalized service using the latest technology.​​

You can now place orders through our new Digital Store Front online ordering system!

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*If you need a user name and password please email​ with the subject header “NEW DSF USER.” Please allow 24-48 hours for account activation.

Please provide the following information:
  • First and Last Name
  • Phone#
  • Email Address
  • Organization/Dept​



  • High Speed Digital imaging technology with on-line document transmission capabilities
  • The ability to scan and/or electronically import text, photographs, line art and graphics
  • Internal image enhancement, including re-sizing/reshaping, image rotation and halftoning
  • Concurrent scanning/image importing/printing/finishing capability
  • Through output of up to 135 pages per minute
  • 600 dpi resolution
  • Automatic two-sided printing on sheets up to 11" x 17"
  • Internal finishing features including stitching and thermal binding, booklet making, and cover insertion
  • Hardcopy originals can be scanned directly into the printer for electronic cut and paste

Successful Document Creation Guidelines  

  • Set document page dimensions correctly. (Same as trim size of printed piece.)
  • No lines, rules or borders thinner than .2 points. (Lines thinner will be too fine to print to film or reproduce.)
  • Images are correctly positioned in their picture box. (Zoom in close to check for fit.)
  • Imported graphics read "OK" (in Quark Picture dialog box) or (Pagemaker Links Box).
  • Only intended fonts are present in document.
  • Check PageMaker Utilities/ Display Pub Info dialog box to be sure. Check Quark font usage dialog box to be sure.
  • All unused colors and style sheets have been deleted.
  • The pasteboards of all pages are empty.
  • "Process separation" is checked for all colors intended for process conversion.
  • Grayscale-Full Color TIFF's are in a picture box with a background specified. (We recommend 100% Red for easy visual verification of fit.)
  • If TIFF images have LZW Compression, notify output provider on delivery of document.
  • No files have used JPEG compression.
  • Use only TIFF, EPS, BMP, never use PICT, META, or GIF Files.
  • No embedded EPS's within an EPS File
  • Photo files should be CMYK, Grayscale or Bitmap. Never use RGB Graphics!
  • All printer settings such as tiling and rough printing are disabled.
  • Document have been laser proofed for:
    Typographic errors
    Trapping and overprinting
    ​Color separation and printability of all elements
  • Don't use word processing programs for page layout intended for image​setting output.
  • Make sure to use consistent color ID throughout the project. All names must be exact! PMS "327CV" is not the same output color as "327 CVU" or "Pantone 327CV" or "327 Teal". Smooth gradients take experience and the understanding of color and the 256 shades pallet. The 40 steps per inch standard is minimal, use gradients cautiously.
  • TIFF and EPS photos should be scanned 1.5 to 2 times output lpi.
  • No PICT or GIF's for high resolution output.
  • Delete unused colors in EPS files before importing images in page layout program. It reduces the number of colors imported, which will reduce color confusion at output time.

    When in doubt consultation will save time and money. Jobs started properly will always save money in output and production.  



    We encourage our customers to take time when reading proofs of their pieces going to print. No one wants errors, proofreading is the final check!

    • Don't let a deadline cause you to hurry.
    • Read where you won't have interruption or distractions.
    • If possible have your proofing double checked by another person.
    • Read proof against original copy.
    • Check photos and illustrations for correctness in content and crop.
    • Check final size! Perforations, Folds, Binding, Margins, etc.
    • Verify color breaks on multi-color work.
    • Double check that corrections from prior proofs have been made.
    • Mark all changes to proofs in color. Be explicit and exact.
    • Remember: The approval of a proof constitutes total acceptance! This will include errors in spelling or content.


    1. Final proof approval "sign off" sheet acquired.

    2. Fill out service bureau output form completely, including:

    • ​List of all fonts used in document and any illustrations included.
    • Any F.P.O. (For Position Only) scans.
    • Any special instructions or services required.
    • How to contact the file creator/designer.
    • Total number of documents to output.
    • Page size and scaling.
    • Page orientation.
    • Colors to output for each document.
    1. Include all printer and screen fonts required to print the document.

    2. (Place in separate folder for transfer.)

    3. Include all EPS/TIFF files used in the document and application source such as Illustrator, PhotoShop, Freehand, and Corel EPS files are some samples.

    4. Final laser prints of all document pages with crop and registration marks ON.

    5. (Reduce print size to fit paper if necessary.)

    6. (Including color separations if applicable.)

    Supported applications for black copies: 

    • Adobe PDF (preferred)
    • PhotoShop
    • Illustrator (text converted to outlines)
    • InDesign (packaged with fonts and links)
    • Corel Draw
    • Quark (packaged with fonts and links)
    • Microsoft Office applications  (Proofing is VERY important as the appearance of any Microsoft document can drastically change from computer to computer)

    Supported applications for color printing: 

    • Adobe PDF (preferred)
    • Illustrator (text converted to curves)
    • InDesign  (packaged with fonts and links)
    • Corel Draw 
    • PhotoShop (Not acceptable for 1 or 2 color offset printing)
    • Quark  (packaged with fonts and links)


    • Offset & Color Printing
      • 4 color offset printing available
      • 8 1/2" x 11" up to 11" x 17"
      • Envelopes
    • Finishing
      • Staple
      • Drill
      • Fold, Score
      • Perforate
      • Laminating
      • Pad
      • Shrink Wrap
    • Bindery
      • Saddle Stitch
      • GBC Spiral Bind
      • Coil Bind
    • Color Copies
      • Color copies available
      • 8 1/2" x 11", 8 1/2" x 14", and 11" x 17"​​