Create Artwork—> Send to Client—> Approved—> Finished Art—> Send Art to Printer
What is Finished Art?
Finished Art is the process of taking your approved art through the steps to prepare it for print.
Its really important to have a good understanding of finished art as employees see this as a beneficial skill.
Preparing for Finished Art
Before you start preparing your document to be sent to the printer, you must first and foremost TALK TO YOUR PRINTER! Why?
- Find out any specifications from your printer that you will need to consider or include when sending your file off to print.
- For instance they might ask for 5mm bleed instead of 3mm
- They might ask for a specific type of file-PDF or InDesign
- Either way, make sure you get in touch and get the info you need, otherwise you will send off a wrong file and it will end up taking you more time to get it corrected.
What is Bleed?
Bleed is the inked image that goes beyond the physical edge of your document.
Providing bleed gives the printer a small amount of space to move around the paper, and also ensures that your inked surface runs to the very edge of the trimmed sheet.
Standard Bleed is usually 3mm or 5mm as specified by your printer.
What is Slug
Slug in the design world, is an area set beyond your artwork where non-printing information (such as a title and date) is placed to identify a document.
We also use the slug area to house crop and fold marks.
Creating Bleed and Slug
- Before you even begin designing, your InDesign document should be set up correctly. You will need a 3mm bleed area and a 8mm slug area.
- Your document will now have a red line to show the edge of the bleed area and a blue line to show the edge of the slug area. The document edge is shown by a black line.
What are Crop Marks?
Crop marks are small marks outside the printed area used to show how a printer should cut your paper once printed.
Without crop marks, your printer will not know where to guillotine your paper, and you could end up with a dodgy job, a cranky client and an empty wallet!
Creating Crop Marks
- Once you have finalised your design, your InDesign document should contain crop marks.
- Make sure the crop marks are sitting outside of the document, in between the red bleed boundary and the blue slug area boundary.
- Crop Marks should be a solid line with a 0.5 stroke weight and registration colour used.
What are Fold Marks?
Fold marks show the printer where your job will be folded.
Like crop marks, they sit within the Slug area.
We need to make sure our fold marks look slightly different to our crop marks as the printer may cut where he should fold.
Creating Fold Marks.
- Fold marks also sit between the red bleed line and the blue slug line.
- They are set in the ‘Registration’ colour at 0.5pt dashed stroke.