Working with PDF Templates

The following guide takes a look at some of the more popular graphics packages and gives you step by step information on how to use our PDF templates when designing your artwork.



Adobe Illustrator

Opening the template:
Go to File > Open > Select the template file.

Adding your artwork:
The template guidelines will open at the correct size and resolution. Do not move or scale any of the guidelines. The key on each file shows the Trim, Fold, Bleed and Safe Margins. Add your artwork, graphics and text into a new layer ensuring you follow our Artwork Guidelines.

Saving your artwork:
Go to File > Save.

Tips:
i) Save a copy of your artwork in native .Ai format so you can make future amendments to text layers more easily.

ii) When you come to save your final PDF file you can quickly convert all text layers to outlines by going to Select > All and then go to Type > Create Outlines.



Adobe Photoshop

Opening the PDF template (Replication Orders):
Go to File > Open > Select the template file.
The Import PDF window should default to the following settings:
Crop to: Media Box | Resolution: 300 pixels/inch | Colour Mode: CMYK | Bit Depth: 8 Bit.
Click OK.

Opening the PSD template (Duplication Short-run Orders):
All of our Duplication (short run) orders also include Photoshop versions of each template which can simply be opened and saved as native PSD files.

Adding your artwork:
The template guidelines will open at the correct size and resolution. Do not move or scale any of the guidelines. The key on each file shows the Trim, Fold, Bleed and Safe Margins. Add your artwork, graphics and text into a new layer ensuring you follow our Artwork Guidelines.

Saving your artwork:
You can save your Photoshop files as a native .PSD file. Go to File > Save As > Select Photoshop PSD and name you artwork > Click Save.

Please Note: When you come to save your final Photoshop .PSD file DO NOT flatten layers and DO NOT DELETE TEMPLATE LAYERS. You can also leave text layers intact because Photoshop will save a rasterized version of each text layer if the font data is not available.

Tips:
i) The PDF template will open on a transparent background. To make it easier to see the guidelines within the template, create a new all white background layer.

ii) Print resolution Photoshop designs can be quite large files. To save time when uploading you may want to ZIP your PSD files which will make them smaller without losing image quality.



Adobe InDesign

Opening the template:
Go to File > New > Document.
In the New Document window create a document 450mm Width x 320mm Height and click OK.
Go to File > Place > Select the template file and click Open.
Click the cursor in the top left corner to place the template in the document.

Adding your artwork:
The template guidelines will open at the correct size and resolution. Do not move or scale any of the guidelines. The key on each file shows the Trim, Fold, Bleed and Safe Margins. Add your artwork, graphics and text into a new layer ensuring you follow our Artwork Guidelines.

Saving your artwork:
Go to File > Adobe PDF Presets > [Press Quality] > Click Save.
In the Export window name your file and then click Save.
In the Export Adobe PDF window click Export.

Tips:
i) Save a copy of your artwork in native .Indd format so you can make future amendments more easily.

ii) When you come to save your final PDF file you can quickly convert all text layers to outlines by going to Select > All and then go to Type > Create Outlines.



Quark Express

Opening the template:
Go to File > New > Project.
In the New Project window create a page 450mm Width x 320mm Height and click OK.
Use the Rectangle Picture Box tool and drag a box over the entire page.
Go to File > Import Picture.
In the Import Picture window select the template file and click Open.

Adding your artwork:
The template guidelines will open at the correct size and resolution. Do not move or scale any of the guidelines. The key on each file shows the Trim, Fold, Bleed and Safe Margins. Add your artwork, graphics and text into a new layer ensuring you follow our Artwork Guidelines.

Saving your artwork:
Go to File > Export > Layout as PDF > Click Save.
In the Export as PDF window click the Options button.
In the PDF Export Options window select the Press - High Quality preset from the PDF Style dropdown and then click OK.
In the Export as PDF window name your file and then click Save.

Tips:
i) Save a copy of your artwork in native .qxp format so you can make future amendments more easily.



Coral Draw

Opening the template:
Go to File > Open > Select the template file.

Adding your artwork:
The template guidelines will open at the correct size and resolution. Do not move or scale any of the guidelines. The key on each file shows the Trim, Fold, Bleed and Safe Margins. Add your artwork, graphics and text into a new layer ensuring you follow our Artwork Guidelines.

Saving your artwork:
Go to File > Publish to PDF.
In the Publish to PDF select Prepress in the PDF Preset drop down.
Name your file and then click Save.
In the Export Adobe PDF window click Export.

Tips:
i) Save a copy of your artwork in native .CDR format so you can make future amendments more easily.
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