Things You Need To Know Before You Send Your Artwork For Paper Printing

Things You Need To Know Before You Send Your Artwork For Paper Printing

Most people submit their artwork for paper print in a very sub-optimal way. While that is still an okay way of doing it, there is a possibility of eliminating the back-and-forth between you and your print vendor. There are a few simple things that can help make your final print product stand out in the way that you had envisioned it when creating the art piece. Below is a handy checklist containing a few key tips to use the next time you want to submit a project allowing you and your print vendor to work together seamlessly.

Check your colors

When it comes to designing artwork just like in poster Copenhagen, colors are considered to be quite important. The logo of your company may use certain colors or you may be looking for a perfect shade of brown to complement a particular part of your design. To make sure that the colors you choose reflect on your final print, consider using CMYK color or converting it to CMYK at the very end if you’re using something else like RBG.

Have crop marks and bleed

Bleed refers to extending colors to all edges of your artwork’s sheet and if you want this without having to sacrifice cutting off content or images from your piece, it is advisable to use bleed and crop marks. The general rule of thumb here is that you add an eighth of an inch which is 0.125 inches to each side as it ensures that no part of your design is sacrificed when the paper is cut.

You can easily do this by designating these markings in the software that you’re using. Also ensure that you export your images in order to include the crop markings and bleed a well.

Watch transparencies and fonts

When designing an art piece, it is common to have special effects or transparent areas. This is so common such that most people often forget a key step when finalizing their design which is flattening the layers.  Before you submit your artwork for print, you are required to flatten your image then test it out as a jpeg in your printer to make sure that the transparent areas, effects and colors appear in the paper print just as you had envisioned.

Same case applies for text areas, ensure that you turn your editable font layers into outlines or shape layers. This will help to avoid errors from occurring during the process of printing.

Know your DPI

DPI refers to ‘dots per inch’ which is synonymous with ‘resolution’ in the print world. For print, it is paramount to have a high DPI which is usually around 300 dpi because it ensures that your images are not pixelated.  If the design is not big enough for printing purposes it will appear blurry, no one wants that. Ensure that you check your image resolution before getting too far into the design of your artwork. Failure to do this puts you at risk of having to scrap the whole thing off.

Save your work as PDF

Vendors in the printing world love PDFs for one major reason, they make a printing job as simple and clear-cut as it can be. When you export your art work as a PDF it ensures that all images and fonts are properly embedded thus allowing you to save it on a smaller file size without sacrificing its quality. In addition to this, it will include bleed, margin and crop markings thus guaranteeing your project prints come out exactly how you wanted them to. If you don’t know how to do it, you can do some research online on how to save your artwork as PDF.

It can be tricky to submit your print projects especially if you are not fully prepared. Find out more tricks and tips for beginners to broaden your knowledge on paper printing.


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