top tips for making PDFs

TOP TIPS FOR SETTING UP PRINT READY PDFs

One of the most important assets you can have as a designer doing print work is an understanding of how to correctly set your PDF file up for printing. With the help of this checklist below, you can save yourself or your company money and ensure your jobs come out as you had wished.

  • All fonts converted to outlines/paths
  • Image resolution a minimum of 300dpi
  • Any RGB images converted to CMYK
  • Black text is made of 100% black only
  • Document has a minimum of 1.5mm bleed on each edge (preferably 3mm)
  • No cropmarks needed. Document size is page size plus bleed on each edge
  • All important elements at least 3mm in from the edge of the page, to allow for possible movement while trimming
  • PDF pages in correct order (Page 1 is ALWAYS front, Page 2 is ALWAYS back)
  • Jobs with additional finish ie. foiling, embossing, diecut etc. MUST be on separate pages after the back page. For example pg1-FRONT; pg2-BACK; pg3-FOIL; pg4 DIECUT. These each must be in a separate spot colour (we recommend making it from 100% magenta or 100% yellow) to stand out.

For an extended version of these guidelines visit the ‘File Preparation’ tab in the navigation bar above. Also freephone 0800 533 677 to talk to one of our team, we’re more than happy to help.

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