Advertising Specifications

Materials Requirements

Publisher takes no responsibility for reproduction if these requirements are not met. Digital ads required.

Print Ad Specifications

Provide PDF files created to PDF/X-1a:2001 settings. All fonts must be embedded in PDF.

  • For partial or nonbleeding ads, build design document to ad size
  • For full-page ads that bleed, build design document to trim size (8 1/4 x 10 7/8" ) and extend the bleed at least 1/8" beyond trim size (include printer's trim and bleed marks when outputting the file) 
  • No marks should be included in the bleed area
  • Text and design elements not meant to bleed should have a safety of 1/2" from the trim to ensure they are not cut off
  • All color must be converted to Process CMYK with spot designation removed
  • Transparency layers must be flattened using high resolution setting or rasterized prior to creation of PDF and file submission
  • Image resolution for continuous-tone-type images should be 300 dpi
  • Colors must be CMYK; no ICC profiles, RGB, or Pantone colors
  • Resolution of all photography and scanned illustrations must be at least 300 dpi; line art should be 600 dpi

Publisher is not responsible for transparencies that are not properly flattened.

We do not accept application files like Adobe InDesign or QuarkXPress. Save files to PDF from these applications to PDF/X-1a:2001 settings.


All inserts must be bound or tipped in. Free-standing inserts are not accepted. All inserts are priced individually. No price is firm until a sample is approved by APTA.

Production Contact

Attn: Julie Hilgenberg
(800) 999-2782 ext. 3183

Advertising Materials

  • Publisher is not responsible for loss of, or damage to, materials
  • Materials are held for one year, and then destroyed, unless publisher is instructed otherwise in writing
  • If not advised at space closing of a coupon ad, publisher will not guarantee placement
  • Send all artwork to: