Ten Time Saving Tips When Preparing Files For Printing
Taking into account a few basics when preparing files for print, can save a lot of time and help ensure your end product looks the way you expect. Below are our suggestions on how to make the entire print process go more smoothly.
1. In a four color project, convert all RGB images to CMYK in a photo manipulation program (i.e. Photoshop) prior to placing them in a layout document.
2. Supply all fonts (screen and printer) used in the publication — including fonts used in supporting files.
3. Supply all supporting graphic files and any links with created graphics. Use the “Pick” or “Collect For Output” functions to collect fonts and graphic images.
4. Be sure to create a PDF to accompany any electronic files sent via email or ftp. If ftp, please email your CSR with the file name. Print Ready PDF’s should be 300 DPI with crops and bleeds.
5. Be sure to add 1/8” bleed to all sides on which color needs to go to the edge of the page (even on the spine side of a cover file).
6. Build all page layout documents as independent pages shown in numerical order (reader spreads are fine if the independent page size is accurate).
7. For jobs containing more than one color, use a software program that allows for color separations.
8. All scanned images need to be 300 ppi (pixels per inch) at 100% of the size they will be used in the document. Images off the internet are 72 ppi and rarely are sufficient for plate output.
9. Images saved from photo programs can be a .tif or .psd (EXCEPTION: monotone, duotone, tri-tone or quad-tone images saved as .eps)
10. Use separation preview or output a color-separated laser from your files to check CMYK and spot colors.