Whether this is your first or your fiftieth time sending a project to the print shop, there are certain prepress tips that will give you an impressive final product.
You know what you want your final product to look like, and a good print shop can help make it happen. But first, you need to play your part. Let’s get started.
5 Prepress Tips for Exceptional Print Projects
Tip #1 – Talk to your printer about your project.
You will need to know some specifics before you can finalize your design, such as acceptable file formats, ideal image resolution, and estimated project costs. Discussing your project goals with your printer can help uncover questions you will need to answer prior to printing.
Tip #2 – Explore your creative options.
Every printing project is as unique as the person creating it, but it takes a lot more than top-notch content to make your project stand out. There are countless elements that contribute to design, such as size, layout, paper weight, texture and material, folds, color, and binding options.
Take some time to explore what’s available to you. Ask your printer for some samples or look at examples other companies have produced. Once you get some ideas, do some price checking with your printer to make sure your project stays in budget.
Tip #3 – Proofread, then proofread again.
As prepress tips go, we can not stress enough the importance of this one. You may not need to dot your I’s or cross your T’s, but you will need to make sure everything is spelled correctly, commas and apostrophes are in the right places, and you meant to say “Great!” instead of “Grate!”.
If you designed the project yourself, it helps to have another set of eyes to review your work. Looking at your project too long can trick your brain into thinking your errors are correct because you know how the text should read, rather than how it does read. You can also recruit the help of a professional proofreader for a few dollars of investment.
Tip #4 – Send your fonts along with your file.
There are thousands of fonts in existence, and your printer probably does not own them all. If you want your carefully curated fonts to print correctly, send the font files to your printer along with your project.
Typically, printers ask that you package a copy of all of the original font files contained in the documents you’re printing along with all of your other files…
Simply including the font as text within your project isn’t enough – the font must be installed on the computer responsible for the printing. Otherwise, your file will display a default font style, which could negatively impact other elements in your design.
Tip #5 – Ask for a proof before your order prints.
Because colors can vary between printers and computer screens, and because you may not catch an error until you see it for the hundredth time, you should ask for a proof before your entire projects goes to press.
Once you receive the proof, take time to scan for grammatical or spelling errors, alignment issues, image quality, bleed areas, or other minor details that you may have overlooked in the design phase. A few minutes’ worth of review can prevent a costly reprint.
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