1. Saving/Exporting Your File As A PDF
Select your relevant program from the menu below. All instructions assume that .125" bleed and safe margins have been correctly set up.
Some particular projects will require a little extra set-up, such as die-cut shapes, letterpress printing, and catalogs/softcover books. For these, feel free to get in touch with us for custom instructions.
How To Save A PDF From Photoshop
1. Go to File > Save As.
2. In the Format dropdown menu, select Photoshop PDF.
3. In the Save checkboxes, make sure "As a Copy" is checked and "Layers" is NOT checked.
4. Name your file and hit save.
5. At the top of the window, make sure that in the Adobe PDF Preset dropdown menu you select [PDF/X-1a:2001].
6. You can also adjust other settings from the menu on the left side of the window - for instance, this screenshot shows the Compression tab (print resolution is 300-600ppi, but the max resolution possible also just depends on the resolution at which you created your file).
7. Hit the Save PDF button, and you're all set!
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How To Export A PDF From InDesign
1. Go to File > Export...
2. Select Adobe PDF (Print) from the drop-down menu.
3. In the Adobe PDF Preset dropdown, select [PDF/X-1a:2001].
4. In the left side menu of the dialog box, click on the Marks and Bleeds tab.
5. In the Bleed and Slug section, make sure that the bleed is set to at least 0.125 inches on all four sides. It isn't necessary to add crop marks, but if you do choose to include them, please ensure they are offset by 0.125 in or greater.
6. Hit the Export button, and you're all set!
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How To Save A PDF From Illustrator
1. Go to File > Save As.
2. In the Format dropdown menu, select PDF.
3. Name your file and hit save.
4. At the top of the window, make sure that in the Adobe PDF Preset dropdown menu you select [PDF/X-1a:2001].
5. Make sure you have at least .125" bleed. It's not necessary to add trim marks, but if you do choose to enclude them, please ensure that they are offset by 0.125 in or greater.
6. Hit the Save PDF button, and you're all set!
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How To Create A High Quality Book Using InDesign
InDesign is a great program for laying out almost any print project. We love InDesign so much that we've created tutorials around it so you can create great looking and professional pieces. There are 2 steps typically. Step 1 is creating the actual artwork and using InDesign to pull it all together. Step 2 is to export your files correctly out of InDesign to have a "Print-ready" PDF.
Step 1 : Laying out a booklet in InDesign
You can just use our book layout template if you already have strong experience in Indesign. You can also use this template as a training reference. Click here to download our book layout template.
Check out this video on how to set up a booklet from scratch in InDesign here.
The video will go over the following tips:
- document setup
- facing pages
- master pages
- automatic page numbering
- margins and bleeds
- matching blacks
Step 2 : Use our InDesign PDF export presets to export your files correctly
Indesign PDF export presets help you export PDFs properly so that we can get your project moving faster. A couple of advantages are:
- - Includes bleed and crop mark parameters so it will capture all the bleed needed
- - Includes crop marks that are a safe distance away from the artwork
- - Includes page info and a timestamp so that we can keep a better track of artwork and for books, we can easily keep track of the order of your pages (even if you don't have page numbers
Download the InDesign PDF expor presets here.
Check out the video on how to install the presets here.