Guide for Exporting Artwork for Printing

Author: Ellie Williamson
Published: 26/09/2014

When sending your artwork to print you need to provide a high resolution file for us to use. The most common formats are PDF and JPEG files. This article provides instructions for exporting these file formats using commonly used design applications.

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Exporting JPEG Files

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Exporting a JPEG in Adobe Photoshop

In order to export your artwork as a JPEG from Photoshop:

  • Select File > Save As...
  • When the dialogue box opens, in the 'Format' drop down menu select 'JPEG'
  • Name your file and click 'Save'
  • Another dialogue window will open where you must select the settings for saving your JPEG. The quality should be set to 'Maximum', with the indicator positioned at the far right of the slider bar indicating 'large file' and the format option should be Baseline ('Standard')
  • Finally, click the 'OK' button

**Remember**
If you are sending us artwork for a stamp, ensure you choose the correct colour mode before exporting your JPEG by clicking the toolbar labelled Image and selecting Mode > RGB Color.

Exporting PDF Files

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Exporting a PDF in Adobe InDesign

This is very similar to exporting a PDF from Illustrator; however, there are a couple of minor differences.

  • Firstly, convert all text to outlines (See 'How do I Convert Text to Outlines?' for more information).
  • Select File > Export... and a dialogue box will appear prompting you to choose a file name and a 'Save as type:', ensure this is set to PDF then simply click 'Save'.

The following steps are similar to exporting a PDF in Illustrator:

  • Ensure you select 'PDF/X-1a:2001’ from the 'Adobe PDF Preset:' drop down,
  • Export your bleed settings if they are separate from the art board dimensions by selecting 'Marks and Bleeds' from the list on the left of the window and ticking the check box next to 'Use Document Bleed Settings' under the 'Bleed and Slug' heading,
  • The final step is to click the 'Export' button in the bottom right of the window.

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