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  How do I make sure elements on screen don’t appear pixelated when printed?

Screen resolution is lower than print resolution so elements such as logos that look fine on a computer screen can appear fuzzy when printed. To avoid this, make sure all images are 300dpi.

  How do I tell if the resolution is good enough?

Ideally artwork should be at 300dpi at the size you want to print the job. However we use clever technology that means we can cope even if this falls to 200dpi in most cases. Anything lower than that could mean poor image quality though and a pixelated or 'jagged' appearance in images or text.

  What is resolution?

Resolution is a measure of the number of pixels, or dots at a given size that will determine the quality of the final printed piece, for instance 300dpi (dots per inch).

  How do I make a print-ready PDF in Adobe Photoshop?

Make sure your artwork has a 3 mm bleed (image area outside the trim area), and all fonts used are loaded. Go to: File / Save as under Format select ‘Photoshop PDF’ save, this takes you to the ‘Export Adobe PDF window, under ‘Adobe PDF Preset’ select ‘PDF/X-4:2008’ then Save PDF.

  How do I make a print-ready PDF in Adobe Illustrator?

Make sure your artwork has a 3 mm bleed (image area outside the trim area), and all fonts used are loaded. Go to: File / Save as under Format select ‘Adobe PDF’ save, this takes you to the ‘Export Adobe PDF window, under ‘Adobe PDF Preset’ select ‘PDF/X-4:2008’ select ‘Marks and Bleed’ and click crop marks on and add 3mm bleed select Save PDF.

  How do I make a print-ready PDF in InDesign?

Make sure your artwork has a 3 mm bleed (image area outside the trim area), and all fonts used are loaded. Go to: File / Export under Format select ‘Adobe PDF’ save, this takes you to the ‘Export Adobe PDF window, under ‘Adobe PDF Preset’ select ‘PDF/X-4:2008’ select ‘Marks and Bleed’ and click crop marks on and add 3mm bleed select Export.

  How do I make a print-ready PDF in QuarkXpress?

Make sure your artwork has a 3 mm bleed (image area outside the trim area), and all fonts used are loaded. Go to: File / Export / Layout as PDF, this will give you the ‘Export as a PDF’ window, select ‘PDF/X-4:2008’ under the ‘pdf Style’ and save.

  Why do you recommend PDF/X-4?

If your artwork is PDF/X-4 compliant, it goes a long way towards ensuring there is a reduced chance of issues when we print your job.

  What is PDF/X-4?

PDF/X compliance is an agreed standard on the best settings for printing a typical PDF. PDF/X-4 is a subset of these rules specifying eg that the PDF must be CMYK and to a set colour standard, it must have all the fonts embedded, etc.

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