Printing artwork guidelines for your documents • Samui Multimedia

Printing artwork guidelines

1. Select CMYK Color Mode

In order to ensure high print quality, it is crucial that you set your document’s color mode to CMYK.

2. Set and Check Format

The format and number of pages in your artwork file must match with the products that you are going to order.
You can found our Standard paper sizes pages to found the right dimensions.

3. Configure Black Colors

For larger areas and elements, use a composite form of black, i.e. Cyan ( C )= 30%, Black (K) = 100%, and Magenta (M) and Yellow (Y) = 0%. For text, thin lines, and small elements, always make sure you use pure black, i.e. Black (K) set to 100%, while the three other colors (C, M, and Y) are set to 0%.

4. Configure Grey Colors

Grey is an intermediary color between black and white, and needs to be dealt with carefully. In the CMYK model, grey is obtained by adding black (K). To compose a tone of grey, make sure that you set your black (K) color to a certain percentage between 0% and 100%. Avoid using the three other colors (by setting Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow to 0%).

5. Convert Fonts to Outlines

Change your artwork’s fonts to curves to avoid compatibility issues and printing problems.

6. Set Bleed and Margins

Bleed (3mm) and margins are one of the most important settings to ensure that your final artwork files are printed in the highest quality possible.

7. Use High Resolution Images

For printing purposes, the standard is to always use images with 300dpi or more. If an image has a resolution of less than 300dpi, there will be a high risk of blurriness or pixelation during printing.

8. Save as PDF

Save your artwork as a PDF-X1a file for optimal compatibility.

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