Join Claudia McCue for an in-depth discussion in this video File formats for print, part of Print Production: Packaging.
When you're finished with your job, and you're…ready to send it to the printer, take a…good look at their specs and make sure you…know what file format they want you to send.…Now, there are several possibilities.…They might want an Illustrator native file, and ai file.…But, they might be using an older version of Illustrator than…you are, so make sure you know which version they're using.…Here, in Illustrator if I choose File>Save As and…I choose Illustrator as my format,…it may give me this little warning, spot colors are…used with transparency changing them to process could produce unexpected results.…
The only spot colors that are used in this job…are the ones that are being used by the dye line.…So it won’t really matter, they’ll actually turn…that off when they go to image it.…So, I’ll just hit continue.…I know everything’s okay.…I’m using the CC version, which is Illustrator 17.…But there are older versions available…to me.…So, always when you back save, keep your original file intact.…So save this as a copy, or keep that other file archived, and perform this on a copy.…
- Deciding on the type of package
- Considering the consumer experience
- Replicating an existing package
- Adding flaps and fold-in tabs
- Using Illustrator and InDesign for layout
- Creating a dieline
- Checking the mockup
- Preparing your jobs for the printer
Skill Level Intermediate
Print Production: Spot Colors and Varnishwith Claudia McCue1h 57m Intermediate
1. Types of Packaging
2. Planning a Package
3. Dieline = Road Map
4. Designing in Illustrator
5. Designing in InDesign
6. Final Steps
Checking the mockup4m 25s
Next steps1m 40s
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