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HOW TO EXPORT FILES FOR PRINTING

Which File Formats Are Best for Printing?

We recommend that you save your files as PDF/x-1a for the best printed results. This format will give the least possibility for errors because it has the best color and fonts management. This will help avoid issues with color shift and font display.

We also recommend using EPS files with all fonts embedded. This type of file will produce excellent results for artwork that has both images (raster) and text (vector). For an image file without text, the TIFF file format is also a good choice.

While it is possible to export high quality JPG files, many people send JPG and GIF files that are of poor quality and will not produce a nice printing result. If you are unsure about the settings, it is best to avoid sending these file types and opt to send PDF or EPS files instead.

Be sure to convert all files to CMYK for best results.

 

How Do I Export My Files From Adobe InDesign?

When using InDesign, be sure to set up or convert your file to CMYK.

  1. Choose Window > Color
  2. Select each object or "select all" and make sure the Color Palette shows CMYK percentages.
  3. If it isn`t showing as CMYK, click the top arrow in the palette to change it to CMYK.
  4. Export as your preferred file type:
  • Choose File > Export
  • Next to Format, choose your preferred file type (PDF, EPS, JPG, etc)
  • Click SAVE
  • Click Export

 

How Do I Export My Files From Adobe Photoshop?

When using Photoshop, set up or convert your file in CMYK color.

Export as your preferred file type:

  • Choose File > Save As
  • Next to Format, choose your preferred file type (Photoshop PDF, Photoshop EPS, TIFF, JPG, etc)
  • For TIFF files, Click EXPORT
  • Click SAVE

 

How Do I Export My Files From Microsoft Publisher?

Convert to CMYK in Publisher:

Choose Tools > Commercial Printing Tools > Color Printing

  • Select Process Colors (CMYK)

 File Setup

  1. The page or canvas size should be set up to the correct envelope size. Check our chart of standard envelope sizes if you are not sure what size the envelope should be.
  2. Place guidelines 1/4 inch from the left, right, top, and bottom of the page. This will keep important text and images from getting too close to the edge. If you want the artwork to go to the edge of the envelope (bleed), place your image all the way to the edge of the page.
  3. Place your images and text boxes where you want them. Don`t forget to SAVE your file periodically.

 Save Your File As A PDF

  1. Choose File > Print
  2. Select Adobe PDF or PDF Creator, or a virtual PDF printer such as CutePDF
  3. Click on Properties
  • The default setting should be called "Standard." You want to click the drop down menu and select PDF using either PDF/x-1a or High Quality Print. (This setting should embed your fonts and keep a good image resolution for printing.) Don`t click OK yet!
  1. Click on the Layout Tab > Advanced > Paper Size (drop down menu) > Postscript Custom Page Size > (width and height should match your page size)
  2. Click OK
  3. In the Print File window, click Print to save the file.

 Save Your File As a JPG or TIFF

  1. Choose File > Save As
  2. Save as type: JPEG (JPG) or TIFF (TIF)
  3. When you see Resolution: Standard Printing (150 dpi) you want to "Change" this setting to be Press Quality (300 dpi).
  4. Save

Don't hesitate to contact us if you need help exporting your files from other programs or if you run into trouble trying to follow the steps outlined above.

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