Print file preparation

  • Create the file in CMYK mode — it’s easier to adapt CMYK to RGB than the other way around.
  • In Photoshop: merge all elements + type that are in the spot colour into the same layer, name the layer with the name of the spot colour (useful for the printer).
  • Also: rasterize type and elements, save a layered TIFF or PSD file (or Illustrator file).
  • Before packaging the file, remove all colours that weren’t used (Swatches > Select All Unused).
  • Collecting files = Packaging (preflight). File > Package… Copy Fonts, Copy Linked Graphics, Update Graphics Links In Package.


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