Trusted Tips and Resources

Trusted Tips & Resources

Trusted Regina Printer Future Print shares a tip on how to save your design files to make them print ready.

Future Print is proud of the strong roots they have built in the Regina community. They are locally owned and operated and have been since 1981.

How to save your design files to make them print ready.

All print designers are familiar with deadlines and the havoc they can often wreak on your life! It is incredibly frustrating to spend hours and hours designing your work, only to send it to the printers and get back something far from what you had envisioned. These last-minute problems do more than increase your stress levels and blood pressure, they’re actually hugely damaging to your productivity. Especially if you’re a self-employed freelancer, you know that can spell very real problems for your bottom line.


So in order to smoothly transition from the design stage to printing, what processes should you put in place to avoid expensive (both in terms of finances and sanity) mistakes? It’s essential that you thoroughly proof your documents before going to the printers. Everything needs to be perfect, saving you time, money, and reputation. Here are some simple guidelines to follow:


Make them print ready. 

PDF files are preferred.

INDESIGN & ILLUSTRATOR:

• Embed all Images

• Convert all your text to outline fonts or curves

• Save as an EPS or PDF

• Include bleed and crop marks if possible


QUARK & PAGEMAKER:

• Embed all Images

• Convert all your text to outline fonts or curves if possible

• Export your file as an EPS or PDF

• Include bleed and crop marks if possible


PUBLISHER & WORD:

You will need to have the full version of Adobe Acrobat PDF. If you do have the full version of Adobe Acrobat PDF please follow the steps below.

Under File, Print, select Adobe PDF writer

Under Properties select Press Quality and Save your PDF


Print size matters.

One of the most common mistakes made when printing is sending a document that is too small, which, if not corrected before the final run, can result in a printout that is fuzzy and lacking in clarity due to a lack of resolution. It’s imperative that you create your document the same size as it will be printed in order to avoid this embarrassing end result. Designing at actual size reduces the margin for error with graphics, fonts and layout once printed. Without taking adequate precaution, you’ll soon find that something that looks great on your screen soon turns into a design disaster when printed in the large format for which it was intended.


Proof your document.

What is a "proof"?

A proof is a way of ensuring that we have set your type accurately and that everything is positioned according to your requirements. Typically, we will produce a proof which will be sent to you online, faxed or printed on paper which can be viewed in our store or delivered to you in person.

On multiple color jobs, we can produce a color proof on our color output device to show how the different colors will appear.


We know with some of Future print's tips it will save you time and money in the long run.  

Check out more amazing tips from Future Print Regina:

Our Trusted Regina printer Future Print answers questions about printing with colors.



Future Print is proud of the strong roots they have built in the Regina community. They are locally owned and operated and have been since 1981.

They love what they do and if you spend 5 minutes with Karmen you will know that this is very true!  The passion he and his team have for their work enables them to take ownership of their clients' projects. They constantly strive to deliver the highest-quality products possible.

Future Print offers a wide range of services and products:

Future Print are your Trusted Regina Printers. 

Our Trusted Regina Partner En Vogue Day Spa & Gift Studio are Celebrating 20 Years in business!! Here is a message from the owner Pat.

WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE??

This year is our 20th year in business! Twenty years ago my daughter Traci and I decided over lunch that we would open a spa. Traci had the spa background and my background was in business and commercial property management.

Here is a bit of our story...


It didn't take us long to buy the original house and we were on our way. Traci and three others on our Team began a journey that was both rewarding and at times challenging. Within a few years, more staff and thankfully our growing client list necessitated our expansion to the house next door. A Pedway between the houses, major renovations and our expansion was ready to open.


In time, Traci wanted to spread her wings so she and her now husband, Darren opened a spa in the Hotel Saskatchewan. She loved En Vogue and wanted to include En Vogue as part of her spa name, which looking back was not the smartest thing to do. Our spas were never affiliated and always operated separately. Due to the confusion, Traci and Darren renamed their spa Essence Organic Spa.


As Traci left, luckily my youngest daughter Kim was at a point in her life that allowed her to bring her skills and spirit to 

En Vogue. I am sure you know Kim... she thinks of clients as family. She celebrates clients good times, cries with clients in their sad times and if you are a regular and suddenly not here she will call you to see if you are okay.


By now, our Team has grown to 22 people and our Leading Team have been with us for many years.


We are busy finding new treatments and always learning how to provide the best and safest services for our clients. En Vogue has been a member of The Leading Spas of Canada for many years, also ISPA (International Spa Association) and more recently Trusted Regina. I have always been concerned about the lack of regulations for spas so decided to apply for a director position on the Leading Spas of Canada, where I served a four year term helping develop Best Practices and Standards for Canadian spas.


En Vogue has always been involved in the community, because we believe in giving back and paying forward. I was a director of Sofia House for ten years and Kim also served for several years. I was awarded the President's Award from the United Way for community involvement, which is due to the help of both Traci & Kim, their partners, Darren and Chad, my son Kirk and anyone else I could get to help. I am a grateful and proud mom of two fantastic women and so fortunate to have friends and family support.


Traci and Darren are adventurists and decided the time was right for them to sell Essence. They sold to a person that had worked with them for years and who they thought could take their dream and make it theirs. Unfortunately within a few years, Essence claimed bankruptcy. Even though Traci and Darren were no longer involved and En Vogue was never involved in Essence we all took that hard.


So here we are, En Vogue continues to be a leading spa, offering some unique services that are not available anywhere else. We are committed to our clients safety and wellness. Our future will include researching products, treatments and equipment that we know will help our clients. We do not offer any treatments that are fads, or that do not deliver the outcome promised.


I have almost persuaded Traci to come back to En Vogue part-time when she is not out traipsing the world. I am hoping she can help Kim with En Vogue when I finally have to retire... LOL! I am fighting it, because I love to work and I love En Vogue.


So... Kim and I want to say "Thank You" Regina and surrounding areas! "Thank You" Fantastic En Vogue Team! We wouldn't be celebrating 20 Years without you!


Cheers! Pat



En Vogue Day Spa & Gift Studio have been in business since 1998, a member of the Leading Spas of Canada since 2001 and one of two spas in Saskatchewan that has passed stringent requirements to attain Leading Spas of Canada Quality Assurance Designation. A Designation that means they meet consistent safety, operational and hygiene standards. In 2012, Patricia, who is passionate about spa safety, was elected to the Board of the Leading Spas of Canada, the association that represents spas across the country.

En Vogue Day Spa and Gift Studio is a Trusted Regina Spa 

Our Trusted Regina printer Future Print answers questions about printing with colors.

Using a printer for the first time can lead to lots of questions Future Print Regina is here to help you with all of your printing needs.  it is important to understand the science behind color creation and printing techniques, so you can make educated decisions about how to produce the best images for every project.

Here are some frequently asked questions about professional printing with colors.  


Is white considered a printing color?
Not typically. Because white is the default color of paper, it is simply recognized as the absence of any ink. However, when using colored paper, white ink may be used if any text or graphic requires it.

Why do the printed colors look different from the colors on my screen?


In short, printers and monitors produce colors in different ways.

Monitors use the RGB (red, green, blue) color model, which usually supports a wider spectrum of colors. Printers use the CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) color model, which can reproduce most—but not all—of the colors in the RGB color model. Depending on the equipment used, CMYK generally matches 85–90% of the colors in the RGB model.

When a color is selected from the RGB model that is out of the range of the CMYK model, the application chooses what it thinks is the closest color that will match. Programs like Adobe Photoshop will allow you to choose which color will be replaced. Others may not.



How should I save my files to get the best color quality?
You should save all photos in CMYK mode, not RGB mode when possible. Images saved in RGB mode may not print properly. If you are unable to save your image in CYMK mode, please let us know.

What if I don't like the colors when they are printed?

Always ask for a proof.  A proof is a way of ensuring that we have set your type accurately and that everything is positioned according to your requirements. Typically, we will produce a proof which will be sent to you online, faxed or printed on paper which can be viewed in our store or delivered to you in person.

On multiple color jobs, we can produce a color proof on our color output device to show how the different colors will appear.

What is the Pantone Matching System?

The Pantone Matching System (PMS) is a color reproduction standard in which colors all across the spectrum are each identified by a unique, independent number. The use of PMS allows us to precisely match colors and maintain color consistency throughout the printing process.