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Adobe Photoshop Tips

All versions of Adobe Photoshop are supported for both Apple Macintosh and Windows platforms. Here are some basic tips that apply to all software versions.

For even more tips please visit our Quick Tips section. This is our catch-all category for all manner of miscellaneous tips, tricks, program fixes, and workarounds to help you with building your artwork . We'll add new items from time to time so check in to see what's been added recently.

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Document Setup Basics

Special Note: To prevent any loss of resource fork data that would render your fonts useless, Macintosh users should always compress their files on a Macintosh.

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Creating Bleed

If you are creating your layout entirely in Photoshop you must make your document .25" larger overall than your final trim size in both height and width. In other words, you must build the .125" bleed directly into your document.

For example: if the final size is 8.5" x 11" then make your document 8.75" x11.25". Draw guides on the layout that are .125" from the edge all the way around. Now create your design with the idea that the layout will be cut off where those guides are because that is precisely what is going to happen.

Make sure that any photographs or backgrounds that you want to bleed go all the way to the outer edge of the document (.125" past the guidelines). After your piece is printed we will trim off that extra .125" all the way around. You have color all the way to the edges of your piece. It will look more professional.

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Converting to CMYK Color Space

If the file already exists select the following menu options:

Image > Mode > CMYK Color

When starting a new file select CMYK Color for the mode before clicking OK.

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