Design Instructions: Printing on Paper and Cardboard
The production assets you supply to us are deemed to be
in final form. This means you have checked them
thoroughly and confirm they are ready-to-manufacture
without the need for modifications.
recommend you use either Adobe Illustrator or Adobe
Indesign for general layout and typesetting, and Adobe
Photoshop for processing your photos/images. Free fully
functioning 30 day trials of these programs can be
downloaded from adobe.com
must be supplied on the appropriate
CDwest.ca design templates. We
can not accept the templates from other manufacturers or
‘home made’ templates.
Basic Design Rules:
solid black in your design for
backgrounds, text or graphics, please do not exceed the
following CMYK colour
values: C:25 M:25 Y:5 K:100.
The template should be the top layer in your Layer Menu
so you can always see it for visual reference while you
Colour mode for page properties, colour values and
Resolution for page properties and images: 300 dpi (or
Always allow 1/8” (3mm) of bleed past the finished edges
of your design (see Image #1 below).
Don't crowd the finished edges or fold lines with text -
using a margin of no less 1/4" (6mm) is generally
The ink density for the colours (other than solid black
as noted above) in your design should not exceed 300%.
You can determine the ink
density for any colour by adding up the individual CMYK values of the colour. For example: The total ink
density of C:100 M:98 Y:19 K:16
When using transparencies, gradients, drop-shadows or
anything less than 100% solid colour, the tonal range
must be between 15% and 85%
Flatten/rasterize any transparencies, gradients and
drop-shadows you create in your
Artwork files for stapled booklets must be supplied in
printer spread format.
recommended type size for dark coloured lettering on a
light coloured background: 5 points
recommended type size for light coloured lettering on a
dark coloured background: 6 points
print results avoid using fonts with thin/fine strokes
for small text (especially when using light text on a
Photoshop: Small text and line-art created in Photoshop
tends to look fuzzy when printed so we recommend you do
Photoshop for typesetting or creating line-art. For best results,
process your photos/images in Photoshop and then import
them into Adobe
Illustrator or Indesign where you can assemble them within the
design template and add your typsesetting.
#1: In the design template shown below, the
lines represent the trim line
the finished product,
but you must extend (aka: bleed) your design past the red
line by at least 1/8" which is represented by the
When Your Disc Design Is Completed
STEP 1 Embed Your Photos/Images
In Illustrator and Indesign go to your Menu Bar, select
'Window' and then select 'Links' to open the Link Menu
on your screen. Click on an image in your design, click
on the Menu button in your Link Menu and then click on
'Embed Image'. Repeat as required for other
photos/images in your design. In Photoshop you rasterize
the layer in your Layer Menu.
STEP 2 Covert Text To Outlines
font substitution errors please convert all of your text
into 'outlines'. In the image shown below the word
"Text" on the left has not been outlined, and the word
"Text" on the right has been outlined.
Illustrator and Indesign:
Select all text, go to your
Menu Bar, select 'Type' and then select 'Create
Photoshop: Rasterize each individual
font layer in your Layer Menu.
STEP 3 Turn Off The Template Layer
have finished your design please turn off the
"Template" layer in your Layer Menu. After
doing so, only the thin black "Crop Marks" should be
visible. In the image
shown below the Template layer has been turned off but
the crop marks remain clearly visible. This is
how we want it.
STEP 4 Saving Your Design
save your design as a high resolution PDF. Please name
each individual artwork file with your order number and
the product number. For example: 32543_cs1000.pdf
In your Menu
Bar select "File", then "Save As"
and then select the PDF file format. A dialogue box
will then appear (see example shown below) and in the
"Adobe PDF Preset" field
you select the "High Quality Print" option.
Then click "Save PDF".
STEP 5 Artwork instructions for your CD or DVD