10 Tips To Make Your Design Files Print Ready
A common mistake I find many first year print designers, or web designers designing for print, make is that they neglect to think through how their designs will print once complete from a offset printer’s standpoint. Whenever you sit down to design a printed piece the first thing you should take into consideration is how you will supply the printer your files for print on the final product that your design is intended for whether it be brochures, posters, business cards, t-shirts or anything else. Thinking about how you will have to supply the printer digital or color separated files in the end will play a huge role in how you should design the piece to begin with.
Today James Adams gives us 10 Tips To Make Your Design Files Print-Ready with a blog article posted at the Graphic Design Blender.
All print designers are familiar with deadlines and the havoc they can often wreak on your life! It is incredibly frustrating to spend hours and hours designing your work in Photoshop, only to send it to the printers and get back something far from what you had envisioned. These last-minute problems do more than increase your stress levels and blood pressure, they’re actually hugely damaging to your productivity. Especially if you’re a self-employed freelancer, you know that can spell very real problems for your bottom line.
So in order to smoothly transition from the design stage to printing, what processes should you put in place to avoid expensive (both in terms of finances and sanity) mistakes? It’s essential that you thoroughly proof your documents before going to the printers. Everything needs to be perfect, saving you time, money, and reputation.
To read the entire article head on over to the Graphic Design Blender where you will find many interesting and informative articles. Whether you’re a print designer with 30 years experience or a web designer that is just beginning you should always consider the technical aspects of getting your final design piece to print or files prepped for third party integration. Thinking about the end result will make designing for your clients a lot less time consuming and save a lot of potential mistakes in the long run.