HIGH RESOLUTION ARTWORK | Prepping your files for final print production
To ensure the document you're submitting for print has met all minimum guidelines, we recommend using our certified print templates. Using our ready-to-go print templates will assure that the files are set up correctly for print. This will avoid any delays in the design/printing process. Our certified print templates include required bleed lines, resolution and color mode.
Using the Correct Print SpecificationsRight before you start designing (photo reference Adobe Photoshop), you'll have to select your document preferences. Typically, this is how your document settings should look when beginning a business card design. Obviously, if you’re designing a brochure or a flyer, the sizes will be different but should still include the extra bleed line dimensions. The two main things that should be double checked are the resolution and color mode. Your resolution should be set to no less than 300 DPI and the color mode must be set at CMYK.
If you're designing your artwork through a vectorized software, such as Adobe Illustrator, you won't have to worry about the resolution setting. Except... Any images that are imported and are not in vector format, still need to meet the required 300 DPI resolution to ensure your photo will not be blurry, discolored or even pixelated after printing.
300 DPI vs 72 DPI
Setting up any type of print file is fairly easy, however, it can be critical if you miss a simple step. When setting up any type of file for print, you want to make sure you have the correct resolution. It’s always important when setting up your file for print, to set your resolution to at least 300 DPI. If the document is set to 72 DPI and set to print, your carousel-item will be printed with a distorted, blurry image. To see what the difference is between 72 DPI and 300 DPI see the illustration below. Any files sent in at 72 DPI will be rejected and could cause delay.