Dos and Dont’s when designing for Print

Planning ahead and taking necessary steps can make all of the difference in a good quality finish or a poorly made product. The same is true of designing a something that is being prepared to be printed. This is especially important for a company that is investing money and time to print a large project for advertising or company operations. If the product is not designed well it will look bad and won’t reflect well on a business or for people viewing the document. Here are some tips for designing a document or graphic design to be ready for print:

  • How printing works: It is important to know what type of printing and where you will be completing the final product. Knowing what types of products and options are available can make the difference in how you design your print. Whether it is a poster or a t-shirt there are differences in ink, and machine performance that can change the final outcome of a print.

Finding out what product is best for your design can be achieved by outlining what type of print it will be in the future. For example is your print going to be just black and white? Are you going to print the project on colored or white paper? Will it be on cardstock, photo, or printer paper? These are just some of the questions that need to be considered. Knowing how the ink will react to different types of medium. Also knowing the cost or what your budget is can make the difference on your design.

  • Design: Now that you know what type of printing process and product that you will use with your design, it is now time to consider how you will design it. This can be achieved in a variety of ways and depends mainly on the scale or size of the printing product. For example if the design is for a small page it will not require as much ink. On the other hand if you are printing a banner or poster it could use more ink, and require larger scale images and writing. A great example is the process of enlarging or minimizing images or text. If you are designing a large banner than you will want to make sure you have an original image with a high resolution and megapixel count. This will help when you are enlarging the image or font size so that it won’t be blurry in the printing process.

Machine Type: Knowing what type of machine that will be used to print your product is also important in designing a project. The design could make the difference between printing at home on a basic printer and needing to go to a professional to complete the printing process. For big projects like banners or printing hundreds or pages it would be best to have the design printed by a professional. This will save you time and money in the future.

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