Is your PDF Print-Ready?

Is your PDF Print-Ready?

Posted by The Badger Group 

You work hard to design, edit, and prepare your documents for print. Make sure Badger understands your vision by saving your pdf properly. Do you know what makes a pdf print-ready?

Why does it matter?
Having a pdf that is not print-ready is not the end of the world. We can fix most things for you. But, unless we were part of the project from its beginning, we might not know your vision for the piece. In addition, each change we make adds time to the proofing and production schedule. To keep your production schedule on time and within budget, here are a few things that need to be done:

Trim Marks & Bleeds: Most of the time, your project will be printed on a larger piece of paper and trimmed down to your finished size. That allows your color to go from edge to edge (bleed). The trim marks tell our bindery team where to trim, decreasing variations in trimming. The bleeds ensure that color goes all the way to the edge.

Die Cutting: When your project will be cut with a die, we need to know which lines are for scoring (folding), which are for perforating, and which will be a cut. Otherwise, your pocket might get cut off instead of folded and glued! When your pdf is print-ready, each of those lines will be a separate spot color.

Embedding images: Most of the time, your images will be embedded properly, as long as you have placed the images into your document correctly. An image that is not embedded correctly will either be missing from the pdf or will show up as a low resolution image. When we see that, we ask you for the original image so we can replace it with a higher resolution image that will print much cleaner.

Embedding fonts: If you use a font that you do not have permissions for, the font might not embed properly when you save your pdf. If a font is not embedded, then we have to change the font to a similar font that is usable. That means that your original font will need to change. 

Saving multi-page pdfs: When you are saving your pdf as a multi-page document, choose “pages”. If you choose “spreads”, then you can see how the final piece will look, but, it will not be printed that way. If your pdf is saved as a reader spread, then we convert each page to its own document and reposition them the way they will be printed. Saving as “pages” will help keep your project on time and on budget.

If you need help saving your print-ready pdf, please let your Project Manager or Business Development Manager know. For step-by-step instructions on how to export a print-ready pdf from InDesign, click here and learn the correct way to apply trim marks to your piece with bleeds.

We’d love to share more tips and tricks with you! Please fill out the request below or call 920-563-5144.