Graphic designer & art director

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Angela

Any tips on preparing a design for print when you outsource for printing?

Marketing Communications Manager

I have been designing for years, but I have only recently started to outsource for printing (up until now, everything was printed in-house). Therefore, I am still learning all there is to know about print prep. Do you have any specific tips, tricks, or specs that you have found eliminate the need for revisions once you send something to a printer?

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  • May 31, 2012
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    Yes make sure you check your settings, do a srperation print of your colors, and include all supporting artwork including fonts.

  • David S.

    David

    David S.

    Graphic Designer

    You should talk to the printer guys your working with, Everyone does their work slightly different from each other

  • Angela P.

    Angela

    Angela P.

    Marketing Communications Manager

    Thanks, Scott and David. Scott, most of the designs I send to print are created in Illustrator. Lately, I've been using the "Create Outlines" feature on any text before sending it to print so that it is converted to a path and can be viewed without needing the font I used. Do you know if either sending the font files or creating outlines of the text is preferred?

  • J T.

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    J T.

    FREELANCE Graphic Design and Creative Artwork

    I think creating outlines would be preferred - fonts are always a headache and there are copyright issues or at least there always used to be; you can't give away font files if they're licenced to you. Also, most of the printers I've worked with always prefer a pdf. Nowadays nobody needs to see a hard-copy print out for proofing, we get to proof check their output file as a pdf online or via email. Sign manufacturers (vinyl and exhibition suppliers) seem to prefer eps as well as pdf files. But, as David Sanchez said, always check with your own print supplier.

  • Mary Beth F.

    Mary Beth

    Mary Beth F.

    Marketing Manager at TravLynx

    I've found that using an InDesign package file is sufficient for most offset printers and I haven't found a digital printer that needed anything more than a high-res PDF.

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