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How to convert your files into PDFs – a step by step guide

Learn how to save your designs as PDFs with our new tutorials!

If you’re creating your own designs for the first time – whether it’s Business Stationery, Poster Printing, Cards or even Roller Banners, there’s a tried and tested format that you’ll need to use to ensure that your print hits the presses perfectly. That format is PDF.

What is a PDF?

PDF stands for Portable Document Format, and when you save your designs and artwork as a PDF, you’ll be ensuring that your artwork can be not only read efficiently by our print software, but also that you’ve saved enough detail and created a file that can be easily opened and finally, printed.

We’ve listed a few of the most common software applications for design, and provided an easy step by step guide to how you can export them.

Exporting a PDF

Photoshop

  1. Click File, Save As and choose ‘Photoshop PDF’ from the dropdown menu”
  2. Turn off layers to save file size and make sure ‘As a Copy’ is selected.
  3. Type in your file name and save.

InDesign

  1. Go to File, Export, or press Ctrl + E or Command + E on a Mac
  2. In the Export window, make sure Adobe PDF print is selected from the drop-down menu.
  3. Type in a file name and click save.

Illustrator

  1. Click File and Save a Copy.
  2. In the save window, select Adobe PDF from the dropdown menu.
  3. Type in a file name and save.

For all of these, we recommend the PDF/X-4:2008 preset. It’s best for print.

If you need a hand with your artwork, or you’re stuck with converting or exporting your designs, just give us a call on 0800 840 1430, chat with us live on-site or drop an email to theteam@printed.com.

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About the author

Monika is the digital design pro at Printed.com. With a love of everything from creative brainstorming to tweaking screen-perfect pixels, she’s a self-confessed perfectionist when it comes to keeping our branding in-line.

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