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Mechanical Specs

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Magazine Trim Size: 8 ⅞” (width) x 10 ⅞" (height)

AD SIZE NON-BLEED BLEED BLEED SAFETY TRIM
Spread 17¼ x 10 ⅜ 18" x 11⅛ 17¼ x 10 ⅜ 17¾ x 10 ⅞
Page 8⅜ x 10 ⅜ 9⅛ x 11⅛ 8 ⅜ x 10 ⅜ 8⅞ x 10 ⅞
2/3 page vertical 5¼ x 10 ⅜ 6" x 11⅛ 5⅛ x 10 ⅜ 5¾ x 10 ⅞
2/3 page horizontal 8 ⅜ x 6¾ 9⅛ x 7¼ 8 ⅜ x 6½ 8⅞ x 7"
Digest 5¼ x 7" 6 " x 7½ 5⅛ x 6⅞ 5¾ x 7¼
Island* Call for Specifications Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable
1/2 page vertical 3⅞ x 10 ⅜ 4⅝ x 11⅛ 3¾ x 10 ⅜ 4⅜ x 10 ⅞
1/2 page horizontal 8⅜ x 4⅞ 9⅛ x 5⅝ 8 ⅜ x 4¾ 8⅞ x 5⅜
1/2 page horz. spread 17¼ x 4⅞ 18" x 5⅝ 17¼ x 4¾ 17¾ x 5⅜
1/4 Page 3⅞ x 4⅞ 4⅝ x 5⅝ 3¾ x 4¾ 4⅜ x 5⅜
1/3 page vertical 2⅜ x 10 ⅜ 3⅛ x 11⅛ 2¼ x 10 ⅜ 2⅞ x 10 ⅞
1/3 page square 5¼ x 4⅞ 6 "x 5⅝ 5⅛ x 4¾ 5¾ x 5⅜
1/6 page vertical Not Applicable 2¼ x 4⅞ Not Applicable    
1/6 page horizontal 4 ⅝ x 2⅜ Not Applicable    
1/12 page 2¼ x 2⅜ Not Applicable    
*Island Ads need advance notice to accommodate.

Material Requirements

300% MAXIMUM SWOP DENSITY

FOR PROOFING SYSTEMS REQUIRING LINE SCREEN – USE 133 LINE
Color source required: One direct digital color proof from supplied file, Kodak
Approval preferred, Digital Matchprint, or Analog proofs which meet SWOP
specifications on SWOP publication grade substrate. All proofs supplied must
have approved color bars representing 25, 50, 75 and 100% CMYK areas.

For content: One digital content proof color or B/W that represents supplied
digital file.

Retention of materials: Material for all processes held one year then destroyed,
unless otherwise notified.

NOTE: For ads that require type changes such as key-codes, addresses, phone
numbers, etc., a complete new file and corresponding color contract proof is
required to show these changes.

LIVE MATTER REQUIREMENTS:
All bleed ads: Keep live matter a minimum of 3/8" inside the bleed edges at
top, bottom, and both sides.

Spread ads: Keep live matter 1/4" away from each side of center or 1/2" across
the gutter.
For spread ads with a headline crossing over the gutter, contact production
department if the visual spacing between words or letters is critical.

Digital Material Specifications

FOR PRODUCTION QUESTIONS AND EXTENSIONS CONTACT:
Jeremy Metz
Phone: 515.284.3583
Fax: 515.284.2709
email: jeremy.metz@meredith.com

SEND MATERIALS TO:
Quad Graphics
Child (Issue/Date)
56 Duplainville Road
Saratoga Spring, NY 12866
Phone: 518.581.4270

FILE FORMATS: WE DO NOT ACCEPT APPLICATION FILES
– SWOP® Standards Apply

Preferred File Formats
– PDF – compatible with Acrobat 4.0
– PDF/X-1A – compatible with Acrobat 4.0
– TIFF/IT-P1 (CT,LW) – HC format will not be accepted

RESOLUTION
– 2400 dpi, compression to 300 dpi. “Automatic”
– Compression preferred or JPEG-maximum quality
– LW files: 72 resolution (dots per mm) or Minimum 2000 dpi
– CT files: 12 resolution (dots per mm) or 300 dpi at 100% size

ACCEPTED MEDIA: CD-ROM & DVD PROOFS – REQUIRED PROOFING
– Please supply 1 composite proof for color (any SWOP® approved digital proof
such as Kodak Approval or Digital Matchprint).
– For a complete up-to date listing of SWOP® approved color proofs please visit:
www.swop.org/certification.html.
– One ruled blueline/color laser for positioning. Proofs must be made from the
supplied file.
– All proofs should contain a color bar with an exposure element that is pulled
from the supplied file.
– A hard copy proof at 100% size must be provided for each digital file. Proofs
must be SWOP® certified.
– The proof should indicate the proofing product or system used, prepress
supplier contacts, and information showing conformance to the manufacturer’s
Application Data.
– Ads should be proofed on Publication grade stock.
– For proofing systems requiring line screen – Use 133 line
– The color and quality of print reproduction may vary if the above proofing
guidelines are not met.
– Proofs that aren’t SWOP® compliant will be referenced for content only. Meredith
will try to achieve a reasonable match to the supplied file.

COLOR BARS
– There should be a color bar on all analog or digital halftone proofs.
– Include a solid and 25%, 50%, and 75% tints of each process color;
solid overprints and at least one gray balance patch (cyan—50%, magenta
& yellow—39%).
– Two-color overprints at 25%, 50% and 75% are also recommended.
– The color bar can be a manufacturer’s color control guide, a GCA/GATF Proof
Comparator, or a GATF/SWOP Proofing Bar, or digital equivalence.

GENERAL OVERALL GUIDELINES
– Single page ads should be built to 100% trim size. If ad bleeds, extend bleed
a minimum of 1/8" beyond trim.
– Partial page ads should be built to 100% of their actual trim size. If ad bleeds,
extend bleed a minimum of 1/8" beyond trim.
– All non-bleed ads should be built to 100% of the non-bleed specs.
– Standard trim, bleed and center marks should be included but not in the “live”
image area.
– All elements must be placed at 100% of size.
– Use stylized fonts. Do not apply style attributes to basic fonts.
– Include all fonts, images/scans, logos/artwork.
– Do not nest EPS files in other EPS files.
– On 4/C Ads, Pantone colors must be converted to CMYK.
– Font information should include manufacturer, font name and version.
– Four color solids should not exceed SWOP® density of 300%.
– 100% black elements should be knocked-out and trapped or overprint with a rich
black using 100% K and 60% C.
– Supply one composite LW and CT file.
– Supply hard copy proofs that match each supplied digital file.
– Proofs must be provided at 100% of size.
– Reverse type and line art should not be less than .007 at the thinnest part of the
character. Single color type should be no less than .004 at the thinnest part of
the character.

Meredith Corporation is a member of the DDAP Association and subscribers to and
supports all digital exchange standards developed by CGATS/SC6, the accredited
graphic arts standards committee.

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