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5 Tips You’ll Need to Know For Print Ready Design

Being a printing company we get to see some of the most creative designs and layouts for all different types of print collateral. Our jobs are to take those beautiful pieces of artwork and print them in the desired way of the customer.
Although printing seems easy, it’s not. We run into a few common problems when going to print. Rather than run into these issues, here are five tips that you’ll need to know for print ready design!

  1. Remember to include bleeds! One of the most important elements for print ready design is to have the bleed marks incorporated. When you’re going to save your artwork through Illustrator or Photoshop, you’ll want to make sure that you’re saving it with a border around. Why? When the design goes through the printer, it needs the bleed marks in order for the print not to get cut off. So, a friendly tip is to leave at a .125” border.
  2. Artwork should be created in CMYK or otherwise. Creating images in RGB is one of the common mistakes when sending it off to print. The one issue with sending an RGB file to the printer is that it doesn’t convert the colors perfectly to CMYK.
  3. All artwork should be created with a print resolution of 300 dpi. Most artwork and designs that are created using Illustrator and Photoshop typically are in 72 dpi, which shows up blurry when printed. In order to get a sharper image, we like to have the artwork created/ saved in 300 dpi. On a side note, it’s best to create and save the images the same size as your final project with the bleed marks!
  4. Outlining your fonts. It’s vital to save your file in a pdf format with outlining your fonts. How do you do this? When you’re done with your design, go to Object and then Expand Appearance. After you do that, you’ll want to go back to Object and then Expand, click OK. Once you’ve done those steps, you’ll want to proceed with the savings process that includes bleed and trim marks.
  5. Proofread, proofread, proofread! Mistakes can easily slip! Make sure you print out and proofread your work before sending it off to the printers. Even if you’re proofreading on the computer screen, things are easier to catch if printed on paper.

Other things to look for before sending your work to the printers:

  • Spelling
  • Information on the design is correct (phone number, address, email, etc.)
  • Everything is lined up

You’d be surprised of the small errors and mistakes that we see when we go to print.
If you’re needing various print collateral, contact us today!

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