Having Trouble Uploading?

The upload limit is 96MB on all of our forms. Try some of these helpful tips and tricks to get your file prepared to upload.

Select the “Google Drive Link” option

Submit your files as a Google Drive Link instead. Make sure that you have shared access to your files with us!

Check your Internet Connection

Make sure that your wireless internet connection is strong. Often times students have issues when their connection has dropped in the middle of an upload.

Are you working in Adobe Illustrator?

If you are working in Illustrator make sure that you are saving your PDF correctly. By default, Illustrator saves PDFs with full capacity editing capabilities. You should only use Illustrator Default when you plan on editing the file again in Illustrator, or when you need to place it in a layout application such as InDesign.

However, when you are ready to save your file to print in the Imaging Center (and other print shops), you should export your file as a PDF/X-1a. This eliminates the option to preserve editing capabilities and flattens your file.

A common misconception is that by saving your file as a PDF that you are protecting yourself from others editing your file. If you save your file as an Illustrator Default PDF, we are able to open your file in Illustrator, move and even delete elements of your file. We have more information on saving PDF files HERE.

Are you still having issues? Do not panic! Reach out to the Imaging Center (ic@collegeforcreativestudies.edu) for further instructions! Thank you 🙂

Favorite Printing Resources

There are many resources in Detroit and online that offer similar services as at the Imaging Center. Here is a selection of our favorite places:

Off-Campus & Local Resources

Fine Art Printing

Image Works: Fine Art and Photographic printing */**
Image Works specializes in archival pigment printing, also known as giclée or inkjet printing, for reproducing photographic and fine art imagery.

3726 Monroe St.
Dearborn, MI 48124


Small Works Detroit */**
Resource for small print runs and printing advice, specializing in fundraiser printing and special projects.

Located in Detroit, temporarily an online-only storefront.

Cache Printing */**
Cache offers affordable, high-quality printing to artists, designers, and community organizers. Cache Printing also has a Risograph printer! Based in Detroit, MI

Laser Paper

French Paper *
Located in Niles, Michigan, French Paper offers uncoated papers, brightly colored card stock, and envelopes. Keep an eye out for ‘free shipping codes’ promoted on their Instagram

Millcraft Paper Store **
Wholesale paper and printing supplies. Often carries French, Neenah, and Domtar papers. Call for current inventory! Open 7:30am-5pm Monday-Friday

21118 Bridge St., Southfield, MI 48033

Online Resources

Business cards, stationery, stickers, labels, marketing materials. Moo offers short-run & rush delivery options if you’re in a pinch!

Upload and print your design on a variety of unique options, including wallpaper, fabric, decorative pillows, and more.

Online printing service including all types of book binding, booklets, card printing and signage.

Risograph Studios & Online Resources

Perfectly Acceptable
Offers Riso printing as a service as well as an online bookshop (which is really awesome!!)

Risolve Studio
Risograph printing and graphic design services, an online portfolio, and a small store. They also have an active YouTube channel with amazing tutorials. These tutorials can be incredibly helpful if you are struggling with file set up in Photoshop!

Issue Press
Issue Press is an independent publisher of artist publications and multiples and a Risograph printing service based in Grand Rapids, MI.

Stencil Wiki
Run by Issue Press, this site has lots of tutorials and an interactive map locating Risograph studios across the globe.

Apricot Press
Local Riso print shop that focuses on flyers, zines, and buttons. Owned and run by former Imaging Center work-study technician, April West.

Pindot Press
Risograph studio in the Greater Toronto area. They are also a wonderful resource that includes YouTube tutorials about Riso printing as well as information on their own workflow.

* Local / Michigan or regional business

** Brick and mortar business within 30 miles of Detroit proper

Do you have a suggestion of an awesome print shop or digital printing resource? If so, send the Imaging Center an email (ic@collegeforcreativestudies.edu) with their website and why you think we should add them to our list.