PRE-FLIGHTING TIPS

Route 1 Print re­veals 10 es­sen­tial things to con­sider when pre­par­ing your art­work for print

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1 Be wary of heavy ink cov­er­age on folded items. If a dense area is along a crease, crack­ing can be caused by the vol­ume of ink be­ing ab­sorbed by the stock. Use lighter colours over folds for a smooth fin­ish.

2 In­crease your Cyan value to 30% more than the Ma­genta value, to avoid your blues be­ing printed with too much pur­ple.

3 Avoid band­ing by avoid­ing gra­di­ents with small ranges. In­stead, add blur or soft noise ef­fects and don’t use KPEG com­pres­sion.

4 Check with your prin­ter if your de­sign re­quires over­print­ing. This fea­ture stops the mix­ing of colours when they’re printed on top of an­other. This will also stop colours ‘knock­ing out’ oth­ers and en­sures no parts of your de­sign are un­want­edly over­lapped.

5 Fonts should be no smaller than 6pt to be vis­i­ble when printed. If they con­tain fine lines, add thicker strokes to aid vis­i­bil­ity, for light text on dark back­grounds in par­tic­u­lar.

6 If you con­vert text to out­lined, not only will you avoid blur­ring, but text will keep its shape even with large for­mat items.

7 To cre­ate a rich black, cre­ate a spe­cific colour in­clud­ing Ma­genta, Yel­low and Cyan as well as black. Solid black ar­eas aren’t dark enough and print as more of a grey.

8 For full-scale print­ing, use an im­age res­o­lu­tion be­tween 300–400dpi, but never go above 400dpi for greyscale.

9 Choose vec­tors or orig­i­nal dig­i­tal im­ages over ‘web im­ages’ or ‘printed doc­u­ments’ for op­ti­mum im­age qual­ity in print. 10 Al­ways check for un­wanted spot colours in your Print Pro­duc­tion panel.

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