By: Kaitlyn Miller in Photoshop Tutorials on 2008-04-25
Preparing Photoshop files for commercial printing involves a few important steps to ensure that the final printed product meets your desired specifications. Here are the general steps to follow:
Verify the resolution: Before starting your design, it’s important to determine the final output size and verify that the resolution is set to at least 300 pixels per inch (ppi) to ensure high-quality printing.
Use CMYK color mode: Commercial printing uses a four-color process (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black), so it’s important to work in CMYK color mode to ensure that your colors will print correctly.
Check your color profiles: Make sure that your color profiles are set to the correct specifications required by the printing company. This includes checking that the working space is set to CMYK and the color profile is set to the appropriate printing standard (such as SWOP, GRACol, or Euroscale).
Use appropriate file formats: When saving your Photoshop files for printing, use appropriate file formats such as TIFF, PSD, or PDF. Avoid using JPEG as it can result in image compression and quality loss.
Add bleed and crop marks: Add at least 1/8 inch of bleed around the edges of your design to ensure that there is no white space when the final product is trimmed. Add crop marks to indicate where the design should be trimmed.
Review and proofread: Before sending your files to the printer, double-check everything including spelling, images, and color to ensure that everything is correct.
By following these steps, you can ensure that your Photoshop files are properly prepared for commercial printing and will result in high-quality printed products.
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