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  1. New File
  2. Defining Dimensions
  3. Place Template
  4. Show Hidden Font Characters
  5. Convert Text to Outlines
  6. Save as PDF

1. New Fileapp guidelines indesign

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New File

app guidelines indesignCreate new file in InDesign (New>Open)

2. Defining Dimensionsapp guidelines indesignapp guidelines indesign

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  • app guidelines indesignInput desired dimensions with 0.25" bleed
  • app guidelines indesignMake sure "Gutter" and all fields in Margins section are set at zero (0)

Does your artwork have bleeds?

PsPrint requires .125" bleeds on all four sides of your artwork (i.e., 4"x6" postcard image with bleeds would have dimensions of 4.25" x 6.25" in your artwork file.) If your image has a white border on all four sides, bleeds are recommended but not required. If your image is not white on all four sides, you MUST include bleeds in your files.More information about bleeds.

Does your artwork have borders?

The cutting process for printed materials has a mechanical tolerance of about .0625 or 1/16 of an inch. When using a border in your artwork, it is essential that your design use at least .25 or 1/4 of an inch of white space from your border to the cut line to maintain a symmetrical appearance. More information about borders.

3. Place Templateapp guidelines indesignapp guidelines indesign

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Place Template

Download Template for your desired product and place into document.

  • app guidelines indesignFile>Place
  • app guidelines indesignA cursor will appearapp guidelines indesign
  • app guidelines indesignClick once and template will appear on document

Drag Template

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Re-position Template

app guidelines indesignDrag template to the document outline

4. Show Hidden Charactersapp guidelines indesignapp guidelines indesign

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Show Hidden Font Characters

You must make sure there are no hidden characters in your artwork.

Every font field ends with a pound or number symbol (app guidelines indesign). If there are symbols in your artwork without any type before, delete those type fields or make sure those fonts are outlined.

app guidelines indesignType>Show Hidden Characters

5. Convert Text to Outlinesapp guidelines indesignapp guidelines indesign

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Convert All Text to Outlines

All text within files must be converted to outlines with the outline set to zero (0) to eliminate the need for fonts.

  • app guidelines indesignEdit>Select All
  • app guidelines indesignType>Create Outlines

6. Save PDFapp guidelines indesign

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Save as PDF

Save file as Acrobat 4 (PDF1.3)

app guidelines indesignFile>Export PDF

Check Color Mode

app guidelines indesignMake sure that your file is in "CMYK" Color Mode app guidelines indesign

What is CMYK color mode?

The color mode of submitted files must be CMYK. If your files are submitted using any other color standard, such as RGB or Pantone, they will be converted to CMYK. Conversion from one color standard to another may cause colors to shift.More information about CMYK color mode.

Does your artwork contain gradients?

Gradients are commonly used in printing and in most instances produce good results. Gradients can be represented in a file as a mathematical equation (Vector) or rendered by the application into a series of pixels (Raster). Whether created as rasters or vectors, gradients below 10% may not reproduce accurately.More information about gradients.

Does your artwork contain solid black?

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When you want an area of solid black within a document, 100% black (K) will not result in a solid, saturated black. Instead, use Rich Black, as represented by C:50% / M:40% / Y:40% / K:100%.