08 Aug 2012
August 8, 2012

How to Prepare a File for Printing

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Note: In any design program used the file must be CMYK unless you are using spot colors.
Output > Convert to Destination > Working CMYK
If your file is spot/PMS colors:
Output > No Color Conversion

Adobe Indesign:
Adobe InDesign CS5

File > Export >

Adobe PDF Presets > Select “Press” from the drop down menu.

Click Marks and Bleed on the left side of the Print dialog box.
Select either All Printer’s Marks or individual marks.
In the Bleed and Slug section > Create 1/8 inch bleeds on all sides
Click Export

Adobe Illustrator:
Adobe Illustrator CS5

File > Export >
Adobe PDF Presets > Select “Press” from the drop down menu.

Click Marks and Bleed on the left side of the Print dialog box.
Select either All Printer’s Marks or individual marks.

In the Bleed and Slug section > Create 1/8 inch bleeds on all sides

Click Export

Adobe Photoshop:
Adobe Photoshop CS5

Using Adobe Photoshop to create your PDFs is always a bad idea. Save your file as a .Tiff with extended bleeds and import that Tiff into Adobe Illustrator or preferably Indesign and follow the appropriate steps above.

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