Step 1: Create a New Document 

  • Launch the Adobe Illustrator application.
  • Choose File > New.
  • Set the Width & Height of your document to the final trim size of the product you are printing.
  • Set the Bleed to 1/8" (0.125") on all four sides of the artwork. This will allow an extra 1/8" (0.125") on each side of the document to ensure accurate cutting.
  • Set the Color Mode to CMYK Color.
  • Set the Raster Effects to High (300ppi).
  • All other settings will depend on your finished design, including the orientation.
  • Click Create.


Step 2: Convert your Text to Outlines

  • After completing your design, convert your text to outlines. Unlock any text layers before selecting to ensure they are included.
  • From the Select menu, choose All.
  • From the Type menu, choose Create Outlines.


Step 3: Saving Your File

  • When you have completed your design, removed any design guidelines/templates and created your outlines, choose File > Save As.
  • Enter a file name for your design.
  • Select the Format: Adobe PDF
  • Click Save to show the Adobe PDF window.


Step 4: Saving Your File as a Print-Ready PDF 

  • PrintSource360 processes all print files through a PDF workflow, which is proven the most reliable format for processing design files for high-quality print production.
  • In the Save Adobe PDF window, select our preferred settings for saving a print-ready PDF file. To ensure the finest printing quality, please match the settings exactly as displayed below:





Marks and Bleeds:










Step 5: Save Your Settings 

After you complete the above settings, click Save PDF.