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Step 1: Create a New Document

  • Launch the Adobe Photoshop application.
  • Choose File > New.
  • Set the Width & Height of your file, plus 1/8" (0.125) on each side if your design includes bleeds (example: 2.0" x 3.5" Business Card with full bleeds = 2.25" x 3.75").
  • Set the Resolution to 300.
  • Set the Color Mode to CMYK Color (8 bit).
  • All other settings will depend on your finished design, including the orientation and background contents.
  • Because Photoshop is unable to create pdfs with bleeds and trim marks, remember to build into your file.
  • Click Create.

 

Step 2: Saving Your File

  • When you have completed your design and have deleted any design guidelines/templates, choose File > Save As.
  • Enter a file name for your design.
  • Select the Format: Photoshop PDF
  • Uncheck the Layers checkbox so that your exported artwork is flattened. Flattening your artwork ensures the appearance of your layers is preserved.
  • Uncheck the Embed Color Profile checkbox.
  • Click Save to show the Adobe PDF window.

 

 

Step 3: 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:

General:

 

 

Compression:

 

Output:

 

Security:

 

Summary:

 

Step 4: Save Your Settings

After you complete the above settings, Click Save Preset > Name the Preset as: PrintSource360 PDF > Click Save PDF.

The Adobe PDF Preset (PrintSource360 PDF) is now saved and available for future file exports.