Once you have identified a printer and signed an agreement to have a job printed, you must get your files ready to be printed. Prepping your files for printing does not have to be the laborious process it used to be. First, keep in mind that each printer is different and some may require you to prep your files in a specific manner. Check with the company before you submit your files to be sure you are doing so correctly. However, if your printer has not specified the manner in which they wish for you to prep and submit your files for printing, here are some tips to walk you through the process.

Discuss your project with your printer ahead of time: Consulting with your printer before, during and after the printing process will allow you to get an idea of what they require when you submit your files. Talk about what kind of files your printer accepts and prefers as well as the agreed upon paper stock and size, file size limitations, the color model they recommend and deadlines. For example, most efficient, dedicated and professional Commercial Printing Companies takes the time to discuss projects with prospective customers at length to get an idea of what the job will entail and to be sure that the customer’s needs are being fully met.

Choose your color model before submitting your project: Before you invest a great deal of time into designing your project, decide which color model you plan to use and whether or not your printer accepts whatever you choose. Color models include: RGB (any color, based on a set of primary colors), single color, spot color and process colors. The amount of inks that must be used (this directly affects the cost of printing your project) to print is in direct correlation with the color model you choose to design your project.

Make sure your project measures out at the right size: You and your printer will discuss paper stock and sizes when they quote you an amount for your job. When you are putting it together, be sure that your project falls within those specific sizes to avoid be charged extra or having to reschedule the printing of your job.

If it applies, leave room for bleeds: Bleeds are shown when the graphic on the page extends all the way to the edge of the paper. Most projects feature a bleed of some sort, so make sure to allow for .125 inches of space off the edge of the page for your bleed.

Do not use small type: Many printers are not able to register ink on type that is too small. Anything below 7 pt of text, particularly on a thin font, will not print well and will likely be unreadable.

Taking these steps to prep your files to be printed will ensure a smoother, easier process for both you and your printer.

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