Creative Services

Georgia College's in-plant design and printing resource.
Layout of the GCSU Creative Services Office

We welcome the opportunity to help you with your document needs.

Creative Services provides the professional resources to produce high-quality publications and printed materials consistent with the Georgia College brand. Our team of graphic designers and printing specialists craft materials for major campus events, graduate admissions and other promotional projects ranging from brochures to signage and more for departments and offices across campus.

A sampling of our work includes the layout, design and printing of our alumni magazine, Connection magazine, our science and technology magazine Nucleus magazine, the award-winning Georgia College Fact Book and many others.

Come visit us at 320 N. Wayne Street to discuss your next project. We look forward to serving you!

Panoramic of GCSU Creative Services Office


Fill out a service form below with the details of your campus project for an estimate.

  • You can expect a quote within 1-5 business days.
  • Please note that services must be paid through a department account. ​​​​​​​No personal payments will be accepted. 

Need something not listed above?

We also offer these additional services:
  • Graphic Design/Ads/Social Media
  • Coil/Spiral Bound Books, Presentations and Manuals
  • Presentation Folders
  • Newsletters
  • Bookmarks
  • Door Hangers
  • Notepads
  • Foam Board Signs
  • Adhesive Wall Signage
  • Perforated Vinyl Window Film
  • Stickers
  • Variable Data documents (i.e. direct marketing, customer relationship management, advertising, and applying addressing on selfmailers, brochures or postcard campaigns.
  • Labels
  • Custom Ink Stamps
  • Event Tickets
  • Duplicate/NCR Forms
  • Batch slips
  • Check backs

Email your ideas to if your project is not listed.

Is your document already designed?

Please review our guidelines to ensure your document meets university standards and will be printed with the highest quality.

File Formatting

The following information is provided to our customers who wish to supply their jobs as print ready. This information will help streamline our process and ensure the most efficient and cost effective outcome in transferring your files to our systems.

University Communications Approval:

Please submit your file to for approval prior to submitting the job.

System Information

Creative Services Prepress Department is Macintosh-based, currently running macOS Mojave.

Program Information

Creative Services uses QuarkXpress, Adobe CC, including InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Acrobat Professional. NOTE: We do not accept Microsoft Publisher, Powerpoint or Excel files for print.

Formatting your files

Document setup – Always set your document page size to the actual size of the piece you are designing for output.

Fonts - Missing, substituted or inexpensive Web fonts can cause printing issues. Some software programs allow you to apply certain styles (italic, bold, etc.) to a plain font. These stylized fonts don’t always print well. Be sure to use a proper font family.

Bleed – Bleed is the area of color or image that extends beyond the page and should be set to 1/8” (0.125”). Build all pages to 100 percent of their trim size. If you have images, graphics or text blocks that bleed, extend those at least an 1/8” past your page boundary.

Image format – Use the TIFF format for photos and AI, PDF or EPS format for graphics (like logos).

Jpeg, Gif and PNG are Web formats and should not be used in printing. Graphic elements supplied in Tiff format should be used at 100% of reproduction size to avoid image degradation. Photographs should not be enlarged or reduced more than 25% for best results (75%-125%).

Image Resolution – 300 dpi is recommended whenever possible to ensure quality reproduction.

Spot Color – If your project makes use of only one, two, or three colors (including black) that is spot color design. Spot colors should be identified as Pantone colors using the solid coated or solid uncoated libraries. Do not use Pantone PC colors when using spot color. 

File Submission

Creative Services can only accept PDF files to ensure correct formatting of your file.

Please note: Using free online, design programs (i.e. Canva, PicMonkey, Vector, Blender) may not have the option to export print-ready PDFs. Please ensure your program has this option before submitting any artwork.

PDF Creation Overview

If using Adobe InDesign:

  • Navigate to File > Export > Format: Adobe PDF (Print)
  • Choose “press quality” or “highest quality” in the PDF settings, not a “screen” or “web” quality PDF.
  • Always choose “embed fonts.”
  • Color space should be CMYK (or Grayscale) and not RGB. Do not include crop marks, registration, or color bars.
  • Be sure to designate the bleed(s) to 0.125” if applicable to your job.
  • Be sure all your linked images and graphics are properly formatted before making a PDF file.

If using Adobe Illustrator:

  • Navigate to File > Save As > Format: Adobe PDF.
  • Follow the steps from the second bullet onward from InDesign above.

If using Word, WordPerfect, PageMaker or Publisher:

Open Acrobat Distiller, Under the default settings choose Press Quality, open or go back to your file, choose print and select the Adobe PDF Print Driver, Click OK and save your PDF file.

Text and Photo Files:

(from a PC/Windows environment) Microsoft Word is preferred when supplying text and photos should not be imbedded in the word document but sent as separate files for formatting on our systems