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Printing Tips for Graphic Designers: color graphics printing perfectly

Printing tips on the prepress side of things for graphic designers. How to create color graphics and InDesign layouts, which will ultimately print perfectly, or output to PDF without problems. First, here are the 10 most common preflight problems or things you should avoid:

This desktop publishing (DTP) graphic is from about TEN YEARS AGO! Amazing how it all basically stays the same: Missing fonts, incorrect trapping (when two different colors overlap), incorrect color usage, images in the wrong color mode, improper page set-up settings, unlinked graphics or images, inadequate bleeds, no proof (soft or print), missing images, too low (or too high) image effective image resolution.

With this in mind, here was a great, colorful blog post titled, “10 Pre-Press Tips For Perfect Print Publishing” which I wanted to highlight. The 10 pre-flight items from the post, which are of course from a strictly design perspective are:

1. Use RGB Color Mode For Photoshop Images
2. Specify The Right Color Settings
3. Ditch Photoshop EPS Files And Use PSD Files Instead
4. Accurately Simulate CMYK While Working In RGB
5. Selecting the Right CMYK Output Profile For The Job
6. Use InDesign Instead Of Photoshop To Make The Final Color Conversion
7. Download All The Profiles
8. Exporting A Perfect CMYK PDF Using RGB Images
9. Avoiding Errors When Using RGB Images And Spot Colors
10. Share Your PDF Files With Acrobat.com
Source: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/

How can you accomplish the perfect print?
The FlightCheck download can help you preflight color and make sure items are correctly placed within Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, PDF, QuarkXPress and many other desktop publishing file formats, including Photoshop 7 (7.0). It will even package or collect all fonts and images used for printable color pages! Check it out when you order your prepress supplies today:

FlightCheck, the preflighting solution from Markzware, can check documents in Adobe InDesign, QuarkXPress, Microsoft Publisher and more file types during prepress to ensure printing quality. FlightCheck helps you avoid printing problems by thoroughly preflighting for print during prepress before printing. FlightCheck is available online from Markzware via the FlightCheck page.