FAQs

SAVE your final InDesign file, first making sure there are no errors (such as missing fonts or links)

From the “FILE” drop down menu, choose “PACKAGE”

A window/dialog box will open. Hit the “PACKAGE” button

Another window/dialog box will open. Hit the “CONTINUE” button

Another window/dialog box will open asking you to create a Package Folder.

Check the following boxes:

  • Copy Fonts
  • Copy Linked Graphics
  • Update Graphic Links In Package
  • Include Fonts And Links From Hidden And Non-Printing Content.

Select the location and name your folder (don’t forget where you put it!) and then hit the “SAVE” button

Finally, ZIP or STUFF the entire folder before sending the compressed file via our website: www.spectrumprinting.com

TO SET UP A DOCUMENT WITH BLEEDS:

  • Go to File >  Document Setup >  (a window/dialog box will open)
  • Set all bleeds to 0.125 inches (or 0.25 inches for posters/wide format)
  • Hit the OK button
  • Save the file

TO CREATE A PRESS-READY PDF:

  • Go to File >  Export >  (a window/dialog box will open)
  • Choose Adobe PDF (Print) from the “Format” drop down menu
  • Hit the SAVE button  (another window/dialog box will open)
  • Choose Press Quality from the “Adobe PDF presets” drop down menu
  • Click Marks and Bleeds on the left-hand side of the dialog box
  • Check the box that says Use Document Bleed Settings
  • Hit the EXPORT button and it is done.

NOTE:  The finished PDF will be larger than the actual document because the bleeds have been included.

Some digital cameras will let you know what the image resolution is, while others will tell you what the pixel dimensions of your image are. If you know what the pixel dimensions of your images are either from the camera itself or through the image editing software, you can do a little math to determine the resolution, and the size you can print the image at for clear and crisp printing.
Simply write down the pixel dimensions of your image and divide those numbers by 300 if the image does not include text and 400 if the image does include text. For example: An image without any text has a pixel dimension of 600 x 900 pixels. Once each dimension is divided by 300 the result is 2 x 3 inches. This means that you can use this image at 2 x 3 inches or smaller in your layout for quality printing results.
If your image editing software does not tell you what the pixel dimensions are, but it does tell you what the resolution is, then you know the maximum size you can use that image in your layout. We recommend that images be at 300dpi in their final size in the layout and 400dpi if the images include text. Please keep in mind that resolution and physical dimensions are in direct proportion to each other. If you have an image that is 2×2 at 300dpi and increase its size in the layout to 4×4 the new resolution is now 150dpi. So remember, when you bring an image in to your layout you can shrink it down in size (because the resolution will increase) but you will be limited as to how far you can increase it in size.

Digital cameras are wonderful tools that allow us to capture our images in many different ways. The camera is designed to actually take three pictures; one in red, one in green and the other in blue (similar to the way a projection TV works). It then combines the colors together and saves the image onto the picture card. It is very important to make sure that the camera is set to the highest quality setting possible. This means that if you can only save one image on the picture card instead of 12, 64 or 128 images, then this is good! You want to create the best quality picture that the camera can make. This will mean large file sizes and slow downloads from the camera itself, but it will get you the best possible results from your camera. Remember, images should be at 300dpi in their final size in the layout!
More often than not, we notice that images that come from digital cameras print darker than expected on the printing press. Check to see if you have a brightness option in your image editing program to lighten the entire piece. If you have the opportunity to change the color space from RGB (red, green, blue) to the printing press colors of CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black), then do so! It is always better to have you change the color space if you can, than for us to do it. Remember, not all colors that you can see that are created by elements of light (RGB) can be created by the elements of ink (CMYK) on press. If you do not have this capability with your software, do not worry about it, we will change it for you for free! Finally, we recommend that you apply a little sharpening to the image. This will make the image a little crisper and will print better on press.