What Does 'Print-Ready' Mean?

Jun 17, 2010   //   by afaraone   //   Graphic Design, Print, Support  //  1 Comment

What is Print-Ready?

Print-Ready is a term we use which means the submitted print file meets the following criteria for print; before you send your document to your printer, make sure your file meets the following criteria:

  • Convert all RGB images into CMYK color.
  • File is in proper format (PSD, EPS, AI, High-Resolution JPG, PDF, TIF).
  • Check if final image has enough resolution (300 dpi minimum at 100% size including bleeds).
  • Contains only high-resolution image data
  • Has links to placed graphics and images
  • Includes all fonts
  • Check if all text pages have enough bleed (1/8″).
  • Included are trim/crop marks, center marks, and page info.
  • Includes paper size with indications for bleeds and page marking
  • Does not require any additional modifications or tweaks before being sent to the printer
Other Terms You May Not Be Familiar With:

Bleed – Bleed is a printing term that refers to printing that goes beyond the edge of the sheet after trimming. The bleed is the part on the side of your document that gives the printer that small amount of space to move around paper and design inconsistencies.

DPI – Dots (or pixels) per Inch; Resolution that varies across media. For print, image files are optimized at 300 DPI. For the Web (GIF and JPEG file formats), files are optimized at 72 DPI, the number of pixels across one inch of most monitors.

Crop Marks – A set of horizontal and vertical lines which indicate where a photograph, illustration, or page should be eliminated or trimmed.

RGB – Red – Green – Blue: the three colors in the color scheme of an illustration on screen. This is not suitable for printing.

CMYK – The CMYK color model (process color, four color) is a subtractive color model, used in color printing, and is also used to describe the printing process itself. CMYK refers to the four inks used in some color printing: cyan, magenta, yellow, and key black. Suitable color mode for printing.

If you have further questions; please post a comment below.

1 Comment

  • thanks! Good tutorial.

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