File Prep can be scary, but it is pretty easy once you know the basics. The most important thing is for you to keep your goal in mind as you design and prepare your files. If you are working with a designer always make sure you talk about the purpose of the project and the goal behind it as you start working.
We accept PDFs, Word Documents, Google Documents, Indesign files and more (just ask). PDFs are definitely preferred and Word and Publisher files are pretty hated! When sending Indesign files, remember to package your design so we have all the elements necessary to print a clean product.
The best way to get files to us is through email! Hit us up, at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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Contact us if you are interested in working with us for design. Our most recommended design asset for the average joe is Canva, which is a free, online design tool. There are always tons of local designers in any given area, and we suggest you seek out help from people who have devoted their lives to ensuring your marketing looks great and accomplishes your goals.
Things to keep in mind
Clarify your expectations: When do you need this by? Would you like to see an in person proof before printing? What finishing services would you like? Most importantly, what is the goal of the product?
Spell Check: All printers will try to catch any typos for you, but we aren’t perfect and it really isn’t a part of the printing process.
“Printer-Ready”: Unless you have worked out a design or set-up deal, a file should be “printer ready” when it goes out to your printer in order to avoid unexpected costs.
Quotes: Make sure you ask for a quote if you
aren’t used to working with your printer and even then checking around is always a good practice. Printer’s all have their specialties and sweet spots!
Always consider whether you design is full bleed, has no bleeds, or has partial bleeds.
Bleed: This is a term for a design element in which images or elements that touch the edge of the page, extending
beyond the trim edge and leaving no white margin. When a document has bleed, it must be printed on a larger sheet of paper and then trimmed down.
Full Bleed: A term for finished products with no “white margins."
No Bleeds: A term for finished products that have no elements that “bleed” over the edge of the
+when designing full bleed documents, its important to remember cut marks and margins, without a correct amount of margin, information can easily be trimmed off in the finishing process
When preparing a document for print, especially one with images or vectors, keep in mind the resolution of the file and images. All images taken from any social media site have been minimized in order to optimize web speed, which means that they almost always have low resolution and print very badly. For many reason it is always best to use the original photo or file when designing. (And give credit when it's due). If you use a design software and export it, keep DPI in mind. 300 - 600 dpi is considered high resolution and will keep your images clean and clear.
DPI: Dots per inch is a measure of printing quality. Many printers work by producing tiny dots per square inch to create an image, more dots equal greater
accuracy and detail.