Print Ads – Creative Specifications

The information provided on this page will assist you in development of print ad materials for The Vancouver Sun newspaper, The Province newspaper and their associated products.

Pacific Newspaper Group is fully set up to receive your electronic ads, whether you submit your files to us through our online submission form or deliver them on a disc. You can send your files from either Macintosh or PC platforms. Please follow this list of procedures when transmitting your files electronically. We have the ability to decompress files using Stuffit Expander (Mac) and WinZip (PC).

If you have an inquiry regarding the information provided on this page or require assistance with implementation of the specifications below, please contact the PNG Ad Production department at adsonly@sunprovince.com.

Software Compatibility

The Vancouver Sun and The Province are equipped to receive postscript-compatible files built in the following software packages:

  • Adobe Illustrator CS6
  • Adobe InDesign CS6
  • Adobe Photoshop CS6

Adobe PDF Format (Preferred File Type)

Specs and Resolution:

  • 24 microns Stochastic (this equates to about a 150 screen)
  • Minimum highlight dot 2%
  • Preferred resolution 300 dpi

Recommended Colour Space Settings:

  • RGB (camera/monitor) should be set to sRGB IEC61966‑2.1
  • CMYK should be set to U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) v2
  • Required PDF Export preset: PDF/X‑1a:2001

Download: PDFX1a (PacificNewsGroup) joboptions for Adobe Acrobat in ZIP format.
Download: 
Westcoast Homes and Design Magazine joboptions for Adobe Acrobat in ZIP format. 

Unsupported Ad Formats

  • Word processing documents (.doc, .wps)
  • Powerpoint (.ppt) documents as ad or graphic files
  • Claris Works files or MS Publisher

Page Sizes

  • Web Offset/1 Column = 1.0833″ = 6.5 picas
  • Full Page Sun: 10 Columns X 291 Agate (11.459″ x 20.786″)
  • Full Page Province: 9 Columns X 165 Agates (10.306″ x 11.786″)

Column Widths Conversion Chart

Columns Inches
1 column 1.083
2 columns 2.236
3 columns 3.389
4 columns 4.542
5 columns 5.694
6 columns 6.847
7 columns 8.000
8 columns 9.153
9 columns 10.306
10 columns 11.458
  • Vancouver Sun Double Truck: 21 col X 291 Lines (23.958″ X 20.786″)
  • Province Double Truck: 19 col X 165 lines (21.653″ X 11.786″)
  • Ear Lugs: 1.8″ X 1.5″

Download: Agate Lines to Inches Conversion Chart in a printable PDF format.

Agate Lines to Inches Conversion Chart

Lines Inches Lines Inches Lines Inches
1 0.071 99 7.071 197 14.071
2 0.143 100 7.143 198 14.143
3 0.214 101 7.214 199 14.214
4 0.286 102 7.286 200 14.286
5 0.357 103 7.357 201 14.357
6 0.429 104 7.429 202 14.429
7 0.500 105 7.500 203 14.500
8 0.571 106 7.571 204 14.571
9 0.643 107 7.643 205 14.643
10 0.714 108 7.714 206 14.714
11 0.786 109 7.786 207 14.786
12 0.857 110 7.857 208 14.857
13 0.929 111 7.929 209 14.929
14 1.000 112 8.000 210 15.000
15 1.071 113 8.071 211 15.071
16 1.143 114 8.143 212 15.143
17 1.214 115 8.214 213 15.214
18 1.286 116 8.286 214 15.286
19 1.357 117 8.357 215 15.357
20 1.429 118 8.429 216 15.429
21 1.500 119 8.500 217 15.500
22 1.571 120 8.571 218 15.571
23 1.643 121 8.643 219 15.643
24 1.714 122 8.714 220 15.714
25 1.786 123 8.786 221 15.786
26 1.857 124 8.857 222 15.857
27 1.929 125 8.929 223 15.929
28 2.00 126 9.000 224 16.000
29 2.072 127 9.071 225 16.071
30 2.143 128 9.143 226 16.143
31 2.214 129 9.214 227 16.214
32 2.286 130 9.286 228 16.286
33 2.357 131 9.357 229 16.357
34 2.429 132 9.429 230 16.429
35 2.500 133 9.500 231 16.500
36 2.571 134 9.571 232 16.571
37 2.643 135 9.643 233 16.643
38 2.714 136 9.714 234 16.714
39 2.786 137 9.786 235 16.786
40 2.857 138 9.857 236 16.857
41 2.929 139 9.929 237 16.929
42 3.000 140 10.000 238 17.000
43 3.071 141 10.071 239 17.071
44 3.143 142 10.143 240 17.143
45 3.214 143 10.214 241 17.214
46 3.286 144 10.286 242 17.286
47 3.357 145 10.357 243 17.357
48 3.429 146 10.429 244 17.429
49 3.500 147 10.500 245 17.500
50 3.571 148 10.571 246 17.571
51 3.643 149 10.643 247 17.643
52 3.714 150 10.714 248 17.714
53 3.786 151 10.786 249 17.786
54 3.857 152 10.857 250 17.857
55 3.929 153 10.929 251 17.929
56 4.000 154 11.000 252 18.000
57 4.071 155 11.071 253 18.071
58 4.143 156 11.143 254 18.143
59 4.214 157 11.214 255 18.214
60 4.286 158 11.286 256 18.286
61 4.357 159 11.357 257 18.357
62 4.429 160 11.429 258 18.429
63 4.500 161 11.500 259 18.500
64 4.571 162 11.571 260 18.571
65 4.643 163 11.643 261 18.643
66 4.714 164 11.714 262 18.714
67 4.786 165 11.786 (PFP) 263 18.786
68 4.857 166 11.857 264 18.857
69 4.929 167 11.929 265 18.929
70 5.000 168 12.000 266 19.000
71 5.071 169 12.071 267 19.071
72 5.143 170 12.143 268 19.143
73 5.214 171 12.214 269 19.214
74 5.286 172 12.286 270 19.286
75 5.357 173 12.357 271 19.357
76 5.429 174 12.429 272 19.429
77 5.500 175 12.500 273 19.500
78 5.571 176 12.571 274 19.571
79 5.643 177 12.643 275 19.643
80 5.714 178 12.714 276 19.714
81 5.786 179 12.786 277 19.786
82 5.857 180 12.857 278 19.857
83 5.929 181 12.929 279 19.929
84 6.000 182 13.000 280 20.000
85 6.071 183 13.071 281 20.071
86 6.143 184 13.143 282 20.143
87 6.214 185 13.214 283 20.214
88 6.286 186 13.286 284 20.286
89 6.357 187 13.357 285 20.357
90 6.429 188 13.429 286 20.429
91 6.500 189 13.500 287 20.500
92 6.571 190 13.571 288 20.571 (SFP)
93 6.643 191 13.643 289 20.643
94 6.714 192 13.714 290 20.714
95 6.786 193 13.786 291 20.786
96 6.857 194 13.857
97 6.929 195 13.929
98 7.000 196 14.000

Download: Agate Lines to Inches Conversion Chart in a printable PDF format.

Colour Specifications

Everything is printed 4-colour process CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black). Text must be set to overprint on a colour background. We need at least four days notice when booking colour ads.

Please note: 240 ink limit

If you have to cancel a colour booking, please give at least two days notice.

Reading the Colour Code

Colour Code Example: 0AA2 (RED WITH 20% BLACK)

  • The first digit in the code is the cyan dot percentage. 
The 2 represents 20% cyan.
  • The second digit in the code is 
the magenta dot percentage. 
The 5 represents 50% magenta.
  • The third digit 
in the code is 
the yellow dot percentage. 
The A represents 100% yellow.
  • The fourth digit 
in the code is 
the black dot percentage. 
The 1 represents 10% black.

When using Pantone colours please include the CMYK values. You can create most colours by combining various percentages of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black. Please use a 150 line screen. Do not use four colour black for text and/or elements.

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