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  A few things we think you may need to know with getting your artwork print ready
  Preparing images for print:

If you have software such as photoshop, you will need to take the image you are going to be using for your artwork into photoshop. You will firstly ensure the image is in a CMYK colour mode - in photoshop you would go to Image>Mode and select CMYK if not already selected.

Then you must ensure the image is at 300dpi, go to Image>Image Size. Then look where it says resolution. If it is anything lower than 300dpi, change it to 300 and make sure your width and height stay the same, it changes as you change the resoloution so you will need to input the dimensions that were there after changing resolution.

Getting a file ready for print:

If you are creating any print file such as a flyer or brochure; you will need to know a few things that the printers need in order to print your artwork without problems.

Firstly, all images you use in your document need to be 300dpi. 300dpi is always used for print and 72dpi is always used for screen/digital.

When setting up your document in your design program you need to ensure you create the artwboard at the exact size you want - we will use an A5 flyer for this example.

You would create the artboard at 210x148mm and then ensure you add bleed to the artboard. Bleed is used by printers to ensure that there are no white edges on your finished product which will leave it looking unprofessional. Usually a safe bleed is 5mm. This means that there is an added 5mm to each edge of your artboard.

When creating your artwork on the artboard you need to ensure the artwork follows through into the bleed area.

Once your design is ready to save to print, you will need to save to PDF. Make sure you specify the bleed must be taken into account when exporting and also to add crop marks to show the printers where the document needs to be trimmed.


Die Lines, Perforation and/or fold marks:

If your artwork will need to have die lines to be used when doing a custom shape or cut to your artwork you will need to follow these simple steps:

When you create your die lines, they need to be exact to the millimetre. You shoudl create them in Magenta so easy to be seen by the printers.

When creating fold marks they will need to be exactlky in the position required so measuring is essential. Make the line dashed.

If you need perfortion on your artwork, create the line in magenta so easy to be seen by the printer. You should create a dotted line for perforation so as to stand out from the actual die line.


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