What is Print Ready Artwork and Why Printers Ask For It?

The Print-Ready Artwork is the final output of the designing with all mandatory specifications to get best high-resolution printing output, without requiring any additional alteration or intervention by printers.

In simple terms, a professional printer can use the print ready artwork/file “as submitted” to successfully print the output immediately.

While you may be able to click and print from your word, excel or publisher file at home or work, it works a little differently on a commercial press. These types of files typically require some intervention to make them print ready, so understand that sometimes artwork charges may typically apply from your printer.

Most printers use layout programs such as Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw  and have certain specifications that need to be met in order to make the printing process run smoothly. Understanding of printing sizes is highly recommended. This will help you to setup the artwork perfectly and you can get what you are looking for.

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Requirements of print ready artwork:

  • Software file (Design file) created in any designing software
  • PDF exported from Designing Program with crop/trim marks and minimum of 4 mm bleed
  • 300 DPI Resolution for clarity and high quality output
  • You must provide fonts or convert the text to outline/curves
  • You must also attach all the images used in the artwork
  • Most important, document color mode must be CMYK and make sure all colours used are CMYK
  • Size of the document/printable area

Mostly made mistakes:

  • People come with low quality/pixels visible on image/output and expect best quality output
  • What you see on screen always differ from printing version
  • People always send RGB files to print and expect best quality prints.
March 7, 2018 Alert Printing