Preparing your art file for printing with InDesign

The best way to send your designs to a local printer is by packaging it with InDesign.

I AM GOING TO WALK YOU THROUGH A FEW STEPS TO HELP YOU CREATE A SOLID WORKFLOW FOR PREPARING YOUR ARTWORK FOR YOUR PRINTER.

The first step of course, if it’s not designed within InDesign is to import it into InDesign. There are a few things that printers love about using InDesign as the final process of preparing your artwork.

When setting up your canvas make sure that the bleed is set appropriately. Once you have your design ready to go on your canvas follow these steps.

    • 1. File > Package

You will be prompted with a dialog box for instructions. This isn’t really necessary but you do have the option to fill it out.

  • 2. Hit continue. Navigate to the appropriate folder to save your packaged folder. In this dialog box, you will also see a check list on the bottom left. The default checked list is usually the best, but you have options. > Package

This will create a packaged folder with all the links and font with in your InDesign file.

Before closing, we will need to do a couple other things.

  • 3. Within your InDesign file Navigate to File > Save As and at the bottom of the prompt box you will see a pull-down option “Save as type:” InDesign CS4 or later (IDML).
    The IDML will offer your printer the option to open and save the file within their version of InDesign.
  • 4. Now you are going to export a pdf of your file. This file is going to be your proof file so that the printer can see exactly what your file looks like when it is proofed and or sent to print.
  • 5. Place the IDML and the pdf proof within your packaged folder.
  • 6. Zip your packaged folder and send it to your printer.
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