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How to Prepare a File for Press

Note: In all programs the file must be CMYK.
Output > Convert to Destination > Working CMYK
If your file is spot/PMS colors:
Output > No Color Conversion

Adobe Indesign:
Adobe InDesign CS5

File > Export >

Adobe PDF Presets > Select “Press” from the drop down menu.

Click Marks and Bleed on the left side of the Print dialog box.
Select either All Printer’s Marks or individual marks.
In the Bleed and Slug section > Create 1/8 inch bleeds on all sides
Click Export

Adobe Illustrator:
Adobe Illustrator CS5

File > Export >
Adobe PDF Presets > Select “Press” from the drop down menu.

Click Marks and Bleed on the left side of the Print dialog box.
Select either All Printer’s Marks or individual marks.

In the Bleed and Slug section > Create 1/8 inch bleeds on all sides

Click Export

Adobe Photoshop:
Adobe Photoshop CS5

It is not recommended that you make your PDFs from Adobe Photoshop. Save your file as a .Tiff with an extended bleed and import that Tiff into Adobe Illustrator or Indesign and follow the appropriate steps.

If you have any other questions or would like additional tips, feel free to email contact us.