It is not a simple task to offer artwork for online printing and obstacle still comes even with the professional or experienced designers… So here is the easy to follow guide for successful online print. Let’s check out the following online printing checklist if you’re not sure if your artwork’s up to scratch.
- Your document size is completed trim size.
Your document will be complete follow accurate size you provide, if you desire the final printed size is A4, let’s give them document of A4.
- Add 3mm bleed if necessary.
3mm bleed should be added if graphics or images go right to the edge of your print. This means that your graphic continues for 3mm outside your document size and is trimmed off after printing. When you ignore this step, there will be a fine white line at the very edge of your printed document.
- Keep text or important images at least 5 mm from the edge of the page.
Space of 5 mm is considered as the safe area for your text or important graphics. That’s ok if you run print off the page as described in the bleed section above, but we highly recommend you to keep crucial things away from the edge. When printing a booklet, you may need to leave more space at the inner edges near the spine so that you can avoid the case of losing words.
- Embed all fonts or convert them to outlines.
Before displaying, it is needed to make an outline. If you want to skip that step, make sure they’re embedded in your pdf or they won’t print correctly, even if they look fine on your screen and print-outs.
- All pictures are 300 dpi at the 100% of the printed image size.
Seeing in print and on screen are not the same, if images at a resolution of smaller than 300 dpi or which are zoomed from their original size will not look explicit in print.
- Supply your file as four color process CMYK color space.
If your artwork is not in CMYK, it will be transformed by dealers, but some colors may look washed out. And if you still have some wonderings about colors, there will be a team supporting you.
- Verify your page layout.
If your document is in multiple page pdf type, you should supply it as single pages running from front cover to back cover and all blank pages need to be included. If your document is folded, check your artwork is correctly set up with the folds in the right place and make sure we know the cover and page order.