Creation of Best Design

Design Tips to Create Best Design for Printing

Using Bleeds In Designing ?

Bleed is one of the term used in printing which means the extra area which is required in design as bleed area cuts off after printing is done. It should be 1/8th of an inch from each side. Chart Blow shows product sizes in relation to bleed sizes of the design file

Take a look at some good and bad design files

What types of images will best for Printing?
While scanning the images from printed photographs it is better to save them in either tif, or eps format. These image formats will preserve the color and sharpness of your pictures the best. If you are going to save your design file in gif or jpg formates then most of the times these files do not work best for printing, Gif and JPEG compresses the file to low resolution and low size which works best on computers and websites but not in printing. So copying an image from internet for printing may not work well

If scanning your image please keep image resolution high such as 300 DPI or 400 DPI incase of text with image. scanning image in high resolution with store the smoothness of image and sharpness of the colors. If you scan the image and then enlarge it to 150% or 300% even then it will be bad for printing. Doing this will result in blurry image in printing and bad and fuzzy quality on print out.

Using image in JPEG formate from digital camera is much more better than using an image copied from any website, because quality of image in digital camers is much more better than that of those available on websites.You must do some math to make sure your image's resolution is high enough in pixel to print. For instance, if your camera puts out a typical image of 1280 x 960 pixels at 72dpi you get about 17" x 13" of photograph (at 72dpi); this is the same amount of detail as an image which is 4" x 3" at 300dpi so it's safe to reduce or enlarge that image in Publisher up to about 4" x 3" in dimension.

Do you need design fonts to print?I need to send you my fonts?

If you are using standard fonts then they are available with us too but if your fonts are differnt from commenly used fonts then inclusion of fonts in design will be best for printing.

If you do not know how to copy fonts please call us or write down the names of fonts used in printing so that we can include those fonts in our softwares before opening your design file

How well will my design match with design on my computer?

Printing and computers uses different technologies. Electronic devices use RBG (Red, Green and Blue) colors to create image whereas printing use full colors to create an image.Cyan (blue), Magenta (red), Yellow and Black (called "CMYK"). Now these are entirely different coloring types and file needs to be converted to CMYK before printing. This can be done using editing program like PhotoShop or Corel Draw. If you need help for color conversions you can visit color matching section of our website to match colors or you can ask our professionals help

You may come across some really attractive colors in RGB format which be very hard to convert in CMYK formate. You Need professionals help with that

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Caution: It's Best If You do the RGB-to-CMYK Conversion of Your Images!

It is best to convert image file colors from RGB to CMYK to PMS colors so that you would know how exactly your product will look like after printing and in case of low resolution or RGB design file we will not accept the responsibility of wrong color match if there will be any.

Sometimes you will not even notice above mentioned color shifts as they are so close to RGB colors that you do not even notice. If you pick really dim or really sharpe colors that may look differnt and it is always best to do color conversion before printing it.

Sometimes you may come across RGB colors which can not be converted to CMKY colors and someother times your high resolution RGB image do not suffer color change during pritning.RGB to CMYK Conversion Chart

Color photos don't suffer much from CMYK translation

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RGB picture
(Computer Image)
cmyk image
CMYK picture

Dealing with Small and Colored Text?

Please do not color small text or do not put colorful boundries on entirely small text. As every printing process have some variations as printing press operate using offset printing methodology where there always is little bit variation in consistency of color or position. CMYK colors are processed in steps and once there is variation in plates it may look blur or highly thin outline may not fit together and with printing it may look bad.

Using Text Over Image?

You need to be very careful with text over image. Either image needs to be watermarked or washed out or in dim colors so that text will be prominent. This may not create any printing issue but it can create visual issues for the product. You can edit your design using Corel Draw, Adobe Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro.


Not Sure if your file is Printable?

If you are not sure as your file is printable or not you can send your file for examination at


Do Not Merge layers in Design

Do not merge any layers in your design file, or do not use a comination of low resolution design files with custom created design which can result in variation in printing and we can not be responsible for any pritning fault because of your design file.

It,s best to get your design file examined by our professionals before you approve it for printing.

Best File Format
  1. GOOD: TIF or EPS files .
    • If you start with a JPEG or GIF file that needs to be edited, save it as an EPS or TIF file before you make any edits. Then edit the EPS or TIF file to maintain image quality.

CMYK Conversion Process

Different softwares use different methods to convert colors

Microsoft Publisher 2000

Microsoft Publisher defaults to RGB. It is easy to convert everything to a CMYK color space or to start a new document using the CMYK color space. Use the following menu options: Tools/Commercial Printing Tools/ Color Printing and select Process colors (CMYK). Please note that all images incorporated into a layout need to be linked and not embedded in order to maintain the CMYK color space within the image. Using the following menu options does this: Tools/Commercial Printing Tools/Graphics Manager and highlight the embedded image. Click Link and click Browse to locate the original file and link to it. You will then need to send both the images and the layout file to us for printing.

Microsoft Publisher 2003-2007 or later

Select File Tab, then select Info. Select Commercial Print Settings. Select Choose Color Model, then Select Process Colors (CMYK)

Adobe Photoshop

If the file already exists select the following menu options: Image/Mode/CMYK When starting a new file select CMYK for the mode before clicking OK.

Corel Draw 9

Select each object you want to convert. Select the Fill tool and click Fill Color Dialog. Make sure the Color model is CMYK. For each object with an outline: Select the Outline tool and click the Outline Color Dialog. Make sure the Color model is CMYK.

Adobe Illustrator

Select File/Document color mode/CMYK color

Quark Xpress 4.1

Use the following menu options: Edit/Edit Colors/Show Colors in Use/Highlight Color and click Edit. Change model to CMYK and deselect Spot color. Remember to send us your layout and linked images!

Adobe InDesign

Use the following menu options: Window/Swatches and Window/Color. Double click color in Swatches Change color mode to CMYK and color type to Process. Any colors created in the document that are not in the Swatches palette, need to be changed to the CMYK color space. Select each object you want to convert and make sure the Color palette reflects the CMYK percentages. Click top right arrow in the palette to change to CMYK if necessary. Remember to send us your layout and linked images!

Adobe Pagemaker 6.5

Use the following menu options: Window/Show Colors. Double click "colors" in palette and select Model to be CMYK and Type to be Process. Please be advised that Pagemaker does not successfully represent CMYK color on the monitor.

The following programs do not have the capability to convert to CMYK. No worry, we will convert it for you free of charge!

Adobe Photoshop LE
Adobe PhotoDeluxe
Microsoft Word
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Powerpoint
Microsoft Works
Microsoft PhotoDraw
Picture It Publishing