Printing Terms Infographic – Color Quick Guide

We strongly believe that an informed customer can make all the difference in print jobs going smoothly and without misunderstandings. I’m sure it goes for any industry. We strive to offer a unique and pleasant experience when working with us. By providing our customers with informative collateral we not only educate our customer, but we ...

InDesign Tips for Your Catalog Design

Truth is, we can use the most state-of-the-art printing presses like, but if the files are not print-ready and well crafted, the outcome can literally be garbage…that goes in our paper recycle bins of course! In my experience: 80% of the outcome of a print job is dependent on the design files Most times, a graphic ...

Image File Format Definitions for Prepress Preparation

There are two image main image file format definitions used in a typical graphic design project. Raster (or bitmap) images and vector images. Raster images are generally photographs or images made up of pixels. These images are resolution-dependent, meaning that their physical size is directly associated with their resolution (the number of Dots (pixels) per ...

What’s the Difference Between 4 Color Process Printing and Spot Color Printing?

There are two main printing processes you will need to know about: 4 color process (CMYK) printing and spot color printing. I am not a printer, so I’m not going to babble on about cleaning blankets, colour shifting, guillotining or the beauty of the Heidelberg Speedmaster , as impressive as it is. However, I am ...

Press-Ready Image Tutorial: How and Why to Create High Resolution Images

When creating press-ready images and artwork, it’s just as important to know why you are doing it as it is to know how. Understanding the reason for a doing something helps you understand how to do it better. This is very true for graphic design, and especially for image preparation. Most of the work laid out in Quark XPress and ...

Prepress Training: A Check List for Preparing Press-Ready Images

Use this page as a prepress training tool to keep on your desk if you want to be confident that the images you place in a Quark XPress or InDesign document are high resolution and press-ready. All these checklists are based on best practice. Opinion is divided over what file types to use, so I just list ...

Which Color Mode Should Press-Ready Images be Converted to?

All images created in Photoshop are saved in a color mode. There are different types of image that are used for different types of job, and each needs to be prepared correctly for its output in print. Here we’ll focus on the Photoshop modes used for press purposes. They are, in order of appearance in ...

Just What is a Bitmap?

  Just What is a Bitmap? So just what is a Bitmap? Not to be confused with the Windows BMP file format, a Photoshop image in the Bitmap color mode is an effective but a less versatile alternative to vector graphic artwork. A Photoshop raster image saved in the Bitmap color mode is effectively hard-edged line ...