Monday, January 02, 2006

Microsoft Publisher and commercial printing

You may already know that programs such as QuarkXPress, InDesign, and Illustrator are the most common tools for a graphic designer.
But what if circumstances dictate you to use less common applications. What will you do? You have to adapt to get the best results.
Do not go bonkers yet. The solution? Microsoft Publisher.
In case you do not know it yet, it is possible to produce high-quality printed pieces from Publisher files. But you may have to take different steps during the production process
Despite the kind of commercial printer you choose, your Publisher files would not give satisfactory results unless you meet certain requirements. What are some of these?
You will have to make sure your layout file is in the appropriate color space, set up bleeds if anything on the page goes to the edge of the sheet, and supply the fonts and images used in the design.
Without these key pieces, you may be faced with unexpected additional costs and a lot of time wasted before your job can print.
Which option would you rather have?

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