Preparing Your Artwork For Print

If you’ve ever done printing before, you know that what your file looks like on a computer screen isn’t necessarily how it will look on printed media.  There are a few guidelines that will help you prepare your work for printing.

1. Use large images
Large images are images with a resolution of at least 300 dots per inch (dpi).  There are a number of places where you can find high resolution images.  Shutterstock and iStockPhoto are great places to look for high quality images.

2. Use a great editing program
Adobe has a great slew of programs for digital graphics that you can use to create your high resolution file.  Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign are a few to get your started.  Fonts are also an important piece to a professional looking document.  Use FontFreak to browse lots of cool fonts to use for your printing project.

3. Read carefully the requirements of the printing service before you submit your work
Many printers has specific requirements for submitting artwork.  Most printers will request a file in CMYK format. If your file is in RGB format, it will not print with the correct color profile and you will be displeased with your final product. Most companies will have a template that you can download to use for creating your artwork.

4. Look for professional ideas
Browse other work that others have created to grab ideas that will work for your artwork.  This will assure that your product will look as professional as other artwork without the big budget.

Good luck designing for your project!.

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