Tutorials

Staying true to SunDance's commitment to our clients, we do everything we can to make every single job go as smoothly as possible. That includes making sure that we share any tips and tricks that you might be able to use along the way. Even if you're not a client of ours just yet.

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  • Print Layout

    How To Plan Your Print Layout

    Trim Line: This is the finished size of the piece.

    Live Area: Keep any important information within this area. The live area is smaller than the trim size to take into consideration the binding if the content is placed on the left or right of a spread so that you don’t lose any copy that is too close to the spine.

    Bleed Area: The more bleed you can offer, the better. The minimum bleed for a printed piece is 0.125in (1/8in) but some specs require more than that (wide-format, for example, is 0.25 inches). Take special consideration to keep the bleed area in mind when working with an image in Photoshop that you are placing into InDesign for print preparation.

    Crop Marks: Indicate to the bindery department where to cut the paper. Do not use bleed marks, as this sometimes confuses the cutter.

  • Dielines / Score Marks

    As with spot varnish / UV, please create a new spot color called “dieline”. It is common practice to make this display as 100% magenta.

    Also set this to Overprint Stroke under Attributes panel and place it on a separate layer. Score marks can be indicated as a dashed line or placed on a separate layer that is labeled “crease’ or “fold’.

    If you are re-using a dieline from a previous job that we printed, please let us know early in the process so we can save money (and time) by using an existing die!

  • Using Adobe Illustrator

    Always create illustrations intended for print in CMYK color mode

    • Turn on bleed (.125” normally, .25” for large-format) (CS4 and higher)
    • Set Raster Effects to 300ppi
    • Please convert all text to outlines before submitting a native Adobe Illustrator file for output.
    • Use of Adobe Illustrator is not recommended for multiple page documents. This software is intended for vector logos, illustrations, and signs. Feel free to submit Illustrator files for large format work, but we recommend InDesign for page layout for offset and digital work.
  • Using Adobe Photoshop

    • Feel free to create files in either RGB or CMYK color mode. RGB mode will give you a wider range of colors and offer more advantages with using filters and color transfer modes, but if using RGB be sure to check View > Proof Colors or use the Gamut Warning tool to preview how the color will convert to CMYK and print. Gamut Warning indicates which colors will not print as expected.
    • If creating images from scratch, be sure they are 300ppi at intended output size. If an image is smaller than 300ppi, our RIP will issue a warning in the Preflight report, so it is best to enlarge the image in Photoshop or else it will appear ‘blocky’ rather than just ‘soft’.
    • If creating entire layouts or backdrops in Photoshop, remember to include enough bleed by making the document size 0.25” inches larger in width and height (0.125” bleed on both sides).
    • We always discourage using Photoshop for typesetting or final output. It is always recommended to use InDesign for this.
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