How do I prepare my files for (full color) 4-color process printing?

To prepare your files for 4-color process printing, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Choose the correct file format: 4-color process printing typically requires files in the Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF). You can create a PDF from most desktop publishing or graphic design software, such as Adobe InDesign or Adobe Illustrator.

  2. Set up your document: Create a new document in your desktop publishing or graphic design software, and set the dimensions to match the final size of your printed product. Make sure to include any bleeds, trim marks, or other important design elements in your document.

  3. Use the CMYK color model: 4-color process printing uses cyan, magenta, yellow, and black (CMYK) inks to produce a full range of colors. Make sure to set your document to the CMYK color model and choose colors from the CMYK color palette to ensure accurate color reproduction.

  4. Download our Process Color Reference Book which includes a curated list of optimized CMYK values.

  5. Convert fonts to outlines: Convert any text in your document to outlines to ensure that the fonts will print correctly. This will prevent any font-related issues from occurring during the printing process.

  6. Save your file as a PDF: Once you have finished designing your document, save it as a PDF. Make sure to include all images and graphics in the PDF, and choose the appropriate PDF preset for 4-color process printing.

By following these steps, you can ensure that your files are properly prepared for 4-color process printing.