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As a printing company, the better prepared your design images are to be print ready, the quicker we can finish your printing project and help you meet your deadlines.
Whether you are working in Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign, these 4 criteria need to be addressed before sending the image to print:

Print Ready Design Tips:

1.      Check the size of your image
The image size will depend on what you are printing. You will be able to set your image size to international paper sizes (A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, etc) but if you need a custom image size remember to change this in the image file itself.
Here is an example of where you can change the image size in Photoshop:
Print ready
2.      Remember to add a bleed
What is a bleed and why is it necessary? A bleed is an added area around your image that is usually 3mm – it ensures that even if the there are slight inaccuracies with the printing or cutting your image will still come out looking perfect.
3.      Set your colour system to CMYK
Setting your colour system to CMYK will ensure that the colour you see on your screen will closely match the colour when printed.
See the above image for where you can choose your colour system.
cymk colour
4.      What should you save your print file as?
For print files, you should either save it as a PDF or an EPS. This ensures that your design’s quality is not compromised. Also, make sure that your file is saved at a resolution of 300 (pixels) whenever you prepare a print file.

resolution
For more information on Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator, have a look at this great article from companyfolders.com.