28 September 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Can I supply my artwork as a Microsoft Word document?

No. Microsoft Word is capable of creating some complex layouts for brochures, newsletters, flyers and similar that will print great to your desktop printer, but it is not a professional design program. If you don’t require high volume printing, Word may work fine for all your needs. On the other hand, Microsoft Word is not designed for creating digital files for commercial printing.

If you intend to have your artwork printed commercially, be aware that while some printers will accept your Word files, you may find they charge you extortionate prices to reproduce your artwork into a print ready format. This is something that frustrates me and this is why we have a very affordable, professional graphic design service to accommodate these requirements.

Commercial printers require certain specifications to be met with regards to the artwork they print. This includes the bleed, CMYK colour mode, the resolution, and unfortunately Microsoft Word does not address any of these printing requirements.

The only time when a Microsoft Word document serves a purpose is to show your your chosen professional graphic designer a sketch/rough idea of what you are looking to achieve. Your sketch will be a huge help for your graphic designer saving them time, which in turn may be cost effective for you if they are charging by the hour. These sketches can then be turned into a professional looking brochure, business card, leaflet, flyer etc. If you this is something that you end up doing as part of the design process then don’t spend hours tweaking and perfecting the design, it will be used as a guide only.

If you are designing your own artwork, I would suggest using professional design software like Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Corel Draw or similar.

If you have access to any of these programs then download one of our FREE print templates, they are all set in the correct colour mode (CMYK) and contain a blank canvas with the correct trim and bleed for commercial printing.

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