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Newbie print design questions...

Discussion in 'Printing & Print Design Forum:' started by dogthomson, Sep 19, 2010.

  1. dogthomson

    dogthomson Junior Member

    I've decided I'm going to design and illustrate a poster for each of my 3 neices for a Christmas gift. The problem is I've not done many print pieces before, so I'm a bit unsure as to which print methods would work best, or how to set up Illustrator for the best print results.

    Can anyone direct me to decent resources to help an absolute novice in print design get started?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Wee Jimmy

    Wee Jimmy Senior Member

    Document setup: CMYK colour profile and 300 DPI.

    Make a 3-4mm border guide to allow for trim/bleed (make sure background overlaps but no text)

    That's the very basic guide ;)
  3. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    So the plan is to run off a poster for each of your neices.
    What size print are you looking at? Your best bet is to find someone whole can produce large format prints. No point in setting up litho for 3 posters.

    Good luck.
  4. mrp2049

    mrp2049 Senior Member

  5. dogthomson

    dogthomson Junior Member

    Yeah that's the idea, I was thinking A3 sort of size.

    I'm not sure I know you mean by this, please can you expand at all?
  6. Yea im not sure what Typo is saying either, if its digital or litho you still want CMYK, 300 DPI and 3mm bleed.

    We also print A3 posters, if you have any artwork your not sure of email it to me at and i can check it for you.
  7. Tom Sound

    Tom Sound Active Member

    I think typo is referring to larger than A3 digital inkjet prints where 300dpi is an unnecessary high resolution/file size

    If you need larger than A3 let me know, or any other tips just ask :up:

    thanks MrP (nod)
  8. mrp2049

    mrp2049 Senior Member

  9. going deaf in your old age Mike?
  10. Thewholehogg

    Thewholehogg Active Member

    ten past two
  11. mrp2049

    mrp2049 Senior Member

    we have a new drummer.
  12. Tom Sound

    Tom Sound Active Member

    Tappety tap tap taroo! :)

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