Guide

 

Graphic Software

There are various software that we can use in creating graphic files for offset printing.

IllustratorAdobe Illustrator
Is a vector graphics editor developed and marketed by Adobe Systems. The latest version, Illustrator CS 6, is the seventeenth generation in the product line.

PhotoshopAdobe Photoshop
Is a graphics editing program developed and published by Adobe Systems. Adobe Photoshop CS6 is the 13th major release of Adobe Photoshop

PhotoshopAdobe InDesign
Is a desktop publishing software application produced by Adobe Systems. It can be used to create works such as posters, flyers, brochures, magazines, newspapers and books.

PhotoshopCorelDraw
Is a vector graphics editor developed and marketed by Corel Corporation of Ottawa, Canada. The latest version is designated X6 (equivalent to version 16).


File Format

.ai (Adobe Illustrator)   is a vector based file used in Adobe Illustrator. This is the default file output of Adobe Illustrator program.
.eps (Encapsulated PostScript)   is a DSC-conforming PostScript document with additional restrictions which is intended to be usable as a graphics file format.
.psd (Photoshop Document)   is a layered image file used in Adobe PhotoShop. This is the default file output of Adobe Photoshop Program.
.indd (InDesign Document)   is a publishing based file used in Adobe InDesign. This is the default file output of Adobe InDesign Program.
.pdf (Portable Document Format)   is a file format used to represent documents in a manner independent of application software, hardware, and operating system. Each PDF file encapsulates a complete description of a fixed-layout flat document, including the text, fonts, graphics, and other information needed to display it.
.tiff (Tagged Image File Format)   is a computer file format for storing raster graphics images, popular among graphic artists, the publishing industry, and both amateur and professional photographers in general.
.jpg (Joint Photographic Experts Group)   is a commonly used method of lossy compression for digital photography. The degree of compression can be adjusted, allowing a selectable tradeoff between storage size and image quality.
.cdr (CorelDraw Document)   is a vector based file used in CorelDraw. This is the default file output of CorelDraw program.

Image Resolution

For commercial offset printing
Double the lpi specification for the screen process. Assuming 150 lpi, then most printers will ask for 300 ppi, scaled to final size (300 ppi is 150 lpi x 2.0).

For printing in newsprint
150 to 200 ppi (85 or 100 lpi) at 100% size.


Text and Line-Art

Text and Line-Art objects must stay on their vector form. It is a good practice to use vector graphic editor when working your layout.


Color Mode

Cyan Magenta Yellow Black (CMYK) also called Process Color is the standard color for all commercial printing presses. All RGB color must be converted to CMYK color before printing to a full color press.


Layout Guide

Layout Guide

Trim Size & Bleed Trim size is the actual dimension of the artwork. Bleed is the element outside the trim size usually 1/8" around the edge.

Safe Zone This is the space inside the actual trim size usually about 1/8" all around. Important element such as text must not place beyond the safe zone.

Converting Text Not all computer have the same font installed. In order to other computer read the text of the artwork properly all text must convert to paths, curves or outlines. This process convert your font to vector shape.

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File Format

Image Resolution

Text and Line-Art

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