So, you have a great idea for the cover of the summer camp memory book. But, you never actually get around to putting it down on paper because you are no artist. When you order printing online, you do not need to be. You can use clip art and computer-aided designing software to create your masterpiece. No freehand drawing is required- this is the computer age.
During the design of this file, formats like Corel Draw, PageMaker, Quark, and Word must be converted. Standard file formats in this industry are EPS, PDF, JPG, PSD, and TIF. The files should feature a resolution of 300 dpi. If the resolution is lower, it must be converted. Simply resizing the artwork will have a grainy or blurry result.
Designs should be saved in CMYK color mode and flattened to avoid transparency. If blue is used in the design, the difference between magenta and cyan values should be at least 30 percent. Using a low amount of magenta and high amount of cyan avoids a purple result. Overprint objects should be turned off to prevent related issues. If both the front and back covers are included in the print job, each side must be submitted as a separate file.
If this is the first time submitting a file to an online printer, have someone else review it in light of the file preparation rules. Though printers check customer files to identify general issues, they are not responsible for incorrect submission of artwork. Customer service representatives are available to answer questions and provide guidance.
The ability to create your own file and order printing online is very convenient. Let the campers weigh in during the designing phase so they can take pride in the result. As the long days of summer unwind, they will make many memories that will be captured in this keepsake book that will be re-read throughout the year.