Why is Document Size so important in Printing?
The size of your print document is important because it directly affects the quality of the finished product. If your document is too small, some details may be lost in the printing process. If your document is too large, it may be difficult to fold or staple correctly. Always make sure to create your documents using the correct size settings to ensure the best possible print quality.
Pdf’s have the ability to have sizes embedded directly into the file. Unlike .jpg and png image files which are based on pixels, pdf’s can have multiple images and text formats placed within these documents.
Once the edges of the printed sheet are trimmed away you are left with the finished product. Being able to accurately start with a document sized to the correct trim size makes moving forward with printing without many problems.
What is a printed Document Size?
The document is the length and width measurement of a pdf document intended for printing. This measurement takes into account all the bleeding on the artwork that is necessary to properly created the desired printed artwork.
Printing with bleed so that your artwork goes right up to the edge of the trimmed prints or die cut is crucial to getting what you intended. Disc Pro Graphics checks for bleed on everything submitted for printed.
Having access to an editable document size is crucial for utilizing when printing from a pdf. Being able to control the file size is a major benefit of printing from a pdf over other formats. Documents such as Word and Powerpoint presentations must first be converted to a pdf to properly add trim and bleed values. Disc Pro Graphics wants you to understand the benefits of converting these documents to a pdf to make your printing project flow as smooth as possible.
What is Trim Size?
The documents Trim size is what size the finish printed piece will be after the excess edges are cut off. Making sure these are accurate will insure the printed material is trimmed and able to be processed through bindery with the most accurate binding as needed for your specific job. Making sure the pages have the accurate trim size is crucial to being imposition properly by digital software.
How are document and trim size different?
There are a few ways that these sizes will be different once you understand the purpose of both. The document size should go beyond the final trimmed size of a printed document. The Trim size will be the final cut size of workable print. I’ll use a business card and a standard letter as two relative examples so that it can be understood clearly.
A Standard business Card size is 3.5 inches wide by 2 inches high. This 3.5” x 2” is the final trim size after the document. Printing up to the edge of the document we will create the bleed size also.
Depending on the software you use the Document size may need to be identified separately of everything else.
Setting up Document & Trim Sizes
Setting up Document sizes and Trim sizes are different with every software. We will go over the most popular software avenues to make sure you have the ability to check your documents before being sent in for printing to Disc Pro Graphics. We will go over Adobe Acrobat, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. There are pro’s and cons to each software for printing.