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    2016-05-05

    Formatting Your Print Files with Bleeds and Crop Marks for Klo Portfolios

    Let’s talk about prints! There is nothing like having your creative work come to life in the form of prints, a visually tangible and engaging representation of your work.

    Before we get to that final ‘ah ha!’ moment for our printed work,  let’s go over a few easy steps to ensure that your files are formatted correctly so that your prints perfectly compliment your Klo custom portfolio book.

    Let’s Talk About Bleeds Baby

    Bleeds are your best friend.  Bleeds essentially allow your artwork or design to run off your page ensuring that when your pages are trimmed, the artwork is right up to the edge without unplanned white margins or edges. We recommend adding a 1/8th (o.125″) bleed to all of your pages so that your work reaches the edge of the page.

    It’s important to keep in mind that screwpost portfolios like ours are named after the page size they hold.  For example, if you decide to go with an 11 x 14 landscape custom portfolio book, the dimensions of your printed pages should be 11″ height x 14″ width (plus your bestie, a 1/8″ bleed).

    The Right Way to Complete Your Bleeds

    How to create bleeds for your portfolio prints2

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    The Wrong Way to Complete Your Bleeds

    how to create bleeds for your portfolio prints

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    Whether you choose to have us print your pages to send along with your portfolio book or have another printer complete them, you’ll be required to send your files for print as a single pdf plus a 1/8″ bleed.

    Let’s get crackin’ on how to easily complete this in Illustrator, Photoshop, or InDesign.

    Adding Bleeds and Crop Marks in Illustrator

    1. Open Illustrator > File > New
    2. Enter the actual page size of your print (for example 11″ width x 14″ height)
    3. Enter the bleeds as 1/8 or 0.125″ in the top, bottom, left and right sections
    4. Click the Advanced dropdown button > Color Mode: CMYK, Raster Effects: High (300 ppi)

    page-set-up-copy

    5. When saving your PDF go to “marks and bleeds” and make sure “trim marks” and “use document bleed settings” are selected

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    6. You can make sure the crop marks have been added by opening the PDF in Acrobat and if you see small ticks in the corners you are good to go!

    Adding Bleeds and Crop Marks in Photoshop

    1. Open Photoshop > File > New
    2. Enter the actual page size + the bleed (for example 11.25″ width x 14.25″ height), keeping in mind the bleed is around the whole page

    photoshop-page-setup

    3. Add a guide on each side of the page that is 0.125″ in from the edge of the page by going to > view > new guide

    guides

    4. Expand the canvas size by 1″ in both directions by going to > image > canvas size
    5. Create a new layer and put it behind all other layers
    6. Use the rectangular marquee tool to create a rectangle in each corner. Hold shift to do all at one time

    rectangular-marquee

    7. With the selection active go to > edit > stroke and add a 2 px stroke
    8. Go to > image > image size and enter the Resolution as 300 Pixels/Inch
    9. Go to > image > mode and enter the Color Mode as CMYK

    Adding Bleeds and Crop Marks in InDesign

    1. Open InDesign > File > New Document
    2. Enter the actual page size of your print (for example 11″ width x 14″ height)
    3. Click the More Options drop down button > Bleed and Slug
    4. Enter the bleeds as 1/8 or 0.125″ in the top, bottom, left and right sections

    indesign-page-setup

    5. When saving your PDF go to “marks and bleeds” and make sure “crop marks” and “use document bleed settings” are selected

    crops-indesign

    6. You can make sure the crop marks have been added by opening the PDF in Acrobat and if you see small ticks in the corners you are good to go!

    When placing images in your print files, make sure your images are 300 dpi for the best print quality, as we print exactly what you send us.  You’re almost there!  Just a few more steps until your files for prints are ready to go.

    Combining Your Pages into a Single PDF

    Once you have your individual pages assembled, its time to combine all your pages into a single PDF.

    1. If you have Adobe Acrobat, here is a step-by-step guide
    2. Another option is to use Third Party Programs to merge PDFs as shown here

    When going through the Build Your Own to place your order you’ll want to consider:

    1. What type of paper finish you would like – matte or glossy?
    2. What type of paper weight – 80 lb or 100 lb?
    3. What type paper format – single or double sided?

    Submitting Your Files to Klo Portfolios

    Yay! Ah-Ha! You have successfully completed setting up your prints! The last and final step will be to forward them via WeTransfer to prints[at]kloportfolios.com.  We love WeTransfer since it allows you to easily send large files instantly for download by the receiver.  You’ll even get a notification once it’s been downloaded.

    Inserting Your Printed Pages in to Your Custom Portfolio Book

    All screwpost portfolio books including ours require either hinge strips, sheet protectors, or having another printer score and hole punch your pages.  We’ve written another post about the different insertion methods of your pages in to your custom portfolio book.

    Have a few more questions about submitting your prints properly with bleeds?  Contact us via email or phone and we’ll get get them answered.

     

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