- Use the right software for your project.
- Sure, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint are convenient, but if you want professional results, you need to use professional tools.
- Adobe Creative Suite is the industry standard software that will provide you with solid foundations for a good print. Illustrator is best suited for creating one page documents comprised of text and line art, but if you’re including rasterized graphics such as a jpeg or tiff file, you may want to move to InDesign where you will get better file compression for your final output. Photoshop is designed for image editing and if you’re just printing a photograph, a .psd file will work, but be aware that Photoshop will not produce the crisp text that you will get from a page layout program, such as InDesign.
- Spell check, spell check, and spell check some more!
- Simple errors in spelling are an unnecessary embarrassment. Your spell check tool is just a button click away.
- Now of course spell check won’t catch the fact that you meant to type “read” instead of “lead” but that’s where proofreading comes in. Read your text forward and backward… literally. Reading text normally can be a problem because it’s too easy to become focused on the flow of the sentence rather than focusing on each individual word. Reading text backwards is a great way to reduce the risk of mistyped words.
- Check your phrasing by reading aloud, you’ll catch those little errors that your brain autocorrects when you read in your mind.
- Using a quirky font? Convert your text to paths.
- Supplying fonts isn’t always an easy solution if your font isn’t an open type or true type..
- Outlining text is quick, easy, and ensures that your text will appear exactly as you want it to.
- CMYK vs. RGB – Translating from the screen to print.
- Most modern printing methods are completed using the CMYK color profile.
- Your document may look great in RGB but it will look noticeably different after printing. Make sure that your text and images translate to CMYK before submitting the files to avoid costly reprints.
- Don’t forget to keep a RGB copy though! You may want to use that version for your screen graphic needs.
- Check your bleed settings.
- This will ensure that you do not have an unwanted thin white line around the edge of your print.
- More bleed is always better. We only need 1/8th” bleed but we’d always take more than less!
- Feel free to provide crop marks but leave the rest to us.
- Crop marks are an acceptable addition to your files because we want to make sure the product is cut to your specifications.
- Elements like color bars will slow the process because they’re not always set up correctly for the printer they will be sent through.
- Find out what type of file works best for your print company.
- PDF files are almost always the most preferable option because they’re easy to open on many computers.
- PDF files are also more stable than most other formats. Consider that your file will probably be emailed and moved around between multiple computers which can cause potential errors in formats like Photoshop and InDesign files.
- Provide high resolution files
- High resolution files will ensure that your prints show all the minor details of your page without pixelation.
- High resolution files also allow for more detailed editing in case the lighting needs to be adjusted or colors need to be corrected for optimal printing.
- Zip your files!
- Sending large image files and PDF’s can be problematic because of unreliable internet connections and data conversion.
- Zipping your project into a folder helps to ensure that every bit of data gets transferred through correctly and streamlines the process by removing unnecessary information.
- Know what kind of material you want to print on.
- There are many different types of paper available. Some vary in thickness and others vary in coating.
- You’re not just limited to printing on paper! We have some amazing equipment that can print on almost any flat surface such as wood or aluminum.
- Take some time to research the different substrates or call us and we can help you determine which material will fulfill the needs of your project.
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