Creating Print-Ready Artwork

21 May, 2018

 

We have an array of customers here at H&H Reeds Printers, all of which have varying levels of technical ability. That is why we are happy to be a full-service printer and help you every step of the way when ordering your print. However, spending a little time learning how to convert your artwork into a print-ready PDF/X1-a file could save you time and money in the future. That is why we have decided to put together these easy steps on how to provide print ready artwork if you are using InDesign or Adobe’s Creative Suite.

 

Step One

Select File > Export and at the bottom of the dialogue box in Format select, Adobe PDF from the options available. You should now have an Export Adobe PDF window visible.

 

Step One

 

Step Two

Now select the new tab and from the Adobe PDF Preset choose [Adobe PDF/X1-a: 2011]. By doing this you are changing most of the settings to the standard ones required when creating a print-ready PDF file.

 

Step Two

 

Step Three

Please ensure that any Average Downsampling is not below 300 pixels per inch on Colour, Greyscale and Monochrome images.

 

Step Four

Now select the Mark and Bleeds tab. Within the Marks area, check the box for Crop Marks but make sure you leave all the other options empty. You may find that the Offset is set to 0.0833, this is the standard default which is fine.

 

Step Three

 

Step Five

Within the Output tab, please make sure that No Colour Conversion is applied. Our workflow system will apply the correct FOGRA colour profile that is needed for coated / uncoated stocks.

Step Four

 

Step Six

Next, go into the Bleed and Slug area and enter the value that your printer has requested the bleed to be, which is usually 3mm. Now do this for all four sides, ensuring the other boxes stay unchecked.

 

Step Seven

Click Export and follow the prompts requested so you may save the document where you want.

 

Step Five

 

And it’s that simple!

 

 

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