Document setup is one of the most overlooked steps on any print job. You should always know what you want your final project to be so you know what size to start you project. For more information on resolution and starting a project.
Here are the best practices for submitting your work for print. If you need more definitions you can find those here.
Do you need to add bleed in your document setup?
What is bleed? If your design has color or a background that goes all the way to the edges of the page. That’s called bleed.
Bleed should go a minimum of 1/8″ / .125″ ( one-eighth inch) off the page. This will add an extra 1/4″/.25″ to both height and width of your document.
Add in margins in your document setup
Margins qualify as the space between the edge of the document and where you can put your content.
You should always give a minimum of 1/4″ / .125″ from the edge of your paper to your content. you can find out why, here.
Gutters are the space between columns, like on a trifold brochure. It’s important to give ample room for any folding that may need to be done.
We recommend a minimum of 1/8″ / .125″, but you would be safer sticking with 1/4″ / .125″ for best results.
When you submit your work, don’t forget to export or save to a PDF using crop marks and bleed.
Even if you go through all the trouble of setting your document up with bleed and proper margins it does no good if you don’t include the crop marks. ( More here).
And when it comes to file type, there is one that Trump’s all. The PDF file format locks the position of every element on the document, keeping it from changing unexpectedly.
Any other format has the chance of shifting text, changing fonts and more. With a PDF what you see is what will print.