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Posts from the ‘printing’ Category

7
Dec
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Helvetica Playing Cards

What happens when the world’s most famous typeface meets one of the world’s most cherished pastimes? Swiss-style awesome design is what. This graphic deck featuring the beloved font will win the hearts (and diamonds and clubs) of design aficionados. Read more »

10
May
clients from hell

Clients from Hell

From the desk of: Clients from Hell – A collection of anonymously contributed client horror stories from designers.

Client: ”When this gets printed, what sort of colors get mixed together?”

Me: “Well, anything that gets printed is basically a combination of black, yellow, cyan, and magenta ink or toner…” Read more »

5
May
Hyperactivitypography from A to Z

The confusions of Typography

I have recently stumbled upon this great book from a recent post by my friend Meagan. It made me start thinking about how typography has become a very confusing subject for designers the last couple of years. So many fonts, so little time. Here is a great book by Studio 3 that breaks down typography letter by letter in a fun way. Read more »

28
Jan
cmyk

RGB vs CMYK

“Could we print the brochure in RGB? You know, it would be cheaper if we use one color less…”

To those who are unfamiliar with the world of printing; offset and digital printing requires 4 basic colors to make up the wide range of colors that are represented in the natural world: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black. Read more »

10
Dec
bindery

Finishing Steps to Bindery

One of the most important aspects of any printed project are the final touches. Finishing or bindery, is what this final process is called. It is critical with any print project to plan with the final product in mind. Read more »

24
Nov

Digital PrePress Checklist

Digital Prepress…the most complicated part of printing for both printers and designers alike. Common Problems: missing fonts, low resolution photos, files saved and packaged incorrectly. Oh my!

The next time you design a project and submit it to your local printer, take a peek at this list and your life and your printer’s job should be much easier! It might even be cheaper because your files were submitted correctly.

When creating documents to send for digital output, please ensure that:

  • The document dimensions are correct and at the right size for output.
  • All images are correctly positioned and linked.
  • Logos or graphics created in programs like Illustrator, have all type converted to paths or outlines.
  • In your page layout program, the status of all imported pictures or links should be “ok.”
  • You have only used fonts that you intended to use for output.
  • All unused colors have been deleted.
  • The pasteboard’s surrounding all design pages are empty.
  • All document bleeds have been extended at least 1/8″ beyond the desired finished size of your project.
  • All documents have been proof-read and double-checked before submission. Have a friend proof read it!

Design & Pre-Press Checklist:

  • Do not use Publisher or Quark. Stick to Adobe Products for ease of use.
  • Remember, Photoshop is for photos. Illustrator is for illustrations. InDesign is for Page Layout.
  • Do not enlarge images beyond 120% of original size when placing it in your document.
  • Do not use images downloaded from Google. Read second sections of post.
  • Do not use compression methods (i.e. LZW or JPEG) on placed images for output.
  • Do not use RGB images whenever possible. Convert them to CMYK.

Before submitting files, please make sure that you have included:

  • All fonts required to process and print the document.
  • All attached EPS and/or TIFF/JPG files.
  • Final laser prints of all document pages.
If all else fails, submit a PDF with appropriate bleeds and crop marks. Please reference Print-Ready PDF files for more information.