What are some common factors that prevent a file from being Print-Ready?

Common factors that prevent a layout file from being Print-Ready include…

  1. Document sized improperly.
  2. Colors set to RGB instead of CMYK
  3. Spot colors not properly defined.
  4. Not allowing ample margins (putting information or borders closer than 1/4” from any trimmed edge).
  5. Resolution not high enough (should be minimum 300 dpi at 100% size).
  6. Bleeds not set up correctly (artwork should extend at least 1/8” past crop marks).
  7. Crop Marks missing or incorrectly placed.
  8. Missing fonts or images.
  9. Poor contrast between text and background.
  10. Spelling and grammar errors.

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