Are you looking for someone to take your Microsoft Office mock-ups and create professional print items using professional graphic design software such as Adobe Ilustrator or InDesign?

Kaz Design Works uses the latest Adobe creative design software for all our print projects and graphics. Most print providers only accept hi-res PDFs for print and will not accept documents created in a Microsoft Office application. So you'll need your print item created in a professional design program. Once we've completed your print project, we can provide your printer with the appropriate hi-res print PDF and an optimized PDF and or JPG for your use on the internet.

We use the following professional design applications to create print material and other graphics:

  • Adobe CC InDesign
  • Adobe CC PhotoShop
  • Adobe CC Illustrator
  • Adobe Acrobat 9 Professional

We also work with and can accept editorial copy, mock-ups or data in the following Microsoft Office 2007 applications:

  • Access
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Publisher
  • Word

If you don't have time to complete a project that you've already started or need a template created in any of the above programs, Kaz Design Works can help you achieve your goal. Give us a call or email us now.

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Have a draft layout or project already started?

We can complete projects you've already started in any of the above graphic design applications. For projects created in InDesign, you will need to package files and for graphics created in Photoshop or Illustrator, ensure all images are embedded at 300 dpi before you send them to us. You may also need to send us the font you'd like us to use, just in case we do not have it, or we will use the closest match.

For brand new projects, we accept editorial content in Microsoft Word, Publisher or PowerPoint, or if preferred, in the body of your email. Include any specific text and paragraph formatting (e.g. bold, italic, bullets, etc) and any other layout instructions you'd like us to follow.  If you have tabled content, such as product lists or forms, these can be sent in Excel. Mailing lists can be sent in Excel or Access.

When creating a draft of your print project, ensure you have used roughly the same paper size as the finished product. All images should be sent separately and at the appropriate size. If you are not sure if your images are big enough read here.

If you need us to match a specific font please send us a copy of the complete font set. Not sure how to do this? Kaz can help!

Tidbits

What colour mode is used for print designs?

The colour mode for text and images used in print is CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black). Images you scan or take with your digital camera use the RGB (red, green, blue) colour mode. Using Adobe Photoshop, we convert colour images to CMYK when needed for print.

Where possible, any logos and clip art used should be created in CMYK. For any black text below 18 pt the CMYK values should be 0/0/0/100. For anything over 18 pt and for black backgrounds use CMYK values of 50/50/50/100 for a rich black colour.

Most print jobs, will be printed using process colours, therefore any Pantone spot colours will be converted to process CMYK equivalents.

Please note: print colours do not look the same on screen. If you need us to match a specific colour please provide us with the Pantone number or CMYK values. See more about colours here.

What file type, resolution and size should your images be for print?

Images for print need to be the best quality possible! Although Photoshop now has the capability of enlarging images without too much deterioration of quality, they need to be excellent quality before they are enlarged. Low quality or low res images will reproduce poorly. If in doubt, please send us your original digital photos, hi-resolution or print quality stock images, or hi-resolution scans. We can crop and reduce the size if we need to.

File type for print images:

  • Photos: Tiff or max quality JPG
  • Close-cropped photos: Photoshop EPS or PSD (include path)
  • Vector Art (logos, clip art): EPS, AI

Gif images are generally not suitable for print!

To ensure the best print results we use images at 300 or 400 ppi (pixels per inch) for glossy print items, 150 dpi for large format printing and 170-200 ppi for news print.

Images need to be sent at the correct size or larger. Generally, JPG images are 72 ppi so will look bigger on screen than in print. Learn how to calculate image size.

Need images? Here's a list of useful resources.