Before you start work on any design and layout, make certain that your Pagemaker document is set at the appropriate BLEED size for your project (or download pre-made templates here). The “trim size” is the final dimension that your printing job will be cut to (before any folding, if needed). However, an additional 1/8” “bleed” is required wherever design elements touch the edge of your trim dimension (for example, if your trim size is 4” x 6”, create your Pagemaker document to 4.25” x 6.25” and set guides 1/8” back from all four edges to indicate your trim area). This means that any element that touches the trim edge must be allowed to extend past the trim edge by at least 1/8”. This assures a safety margin during the post production trimming of your project to assure that your bleed elements remain touching the trim edge without any white, unprinted gaps between the bleed element and the trim edge. If you have any design elements (including borders) that come too close to the trim edge, and you do not intend for them to touch the trim edge, then you must “back it away” from the trim edge by at least 1/8”.
One typical mistake is design is the use of type or hairlines that do not print well and thus wind up being illegible. To avoid this mistake, shy away from type sizes smaller than 6 pts and lines (rules) thinner than .25pt.
When using images within your design, it is very important that you use the best quality images and color spaces possible.
When using black elements in your 4-color design, it is best to you use a “rich black,” which is a black composed of all four process colors. This gives your black a deeper, darker shade of black on press. It is best to use rich blacks in larger areas of black, such as thick black borders, headline type and shapes. It is still preferable to use 100% black for body copy (text).
To achieve rick blacks, create a color swatch or assign a process color with the following CMYK combinations: Cyan = 60%, M = 40%, Y = 20%, K = 100%.
Even though a “normal” black may appear as dark as you wish on screen, it may not come out as dark and rich on press. Use the “rich” black to be certain. Here is an example of setting the CMYK sliders in Pagemaker’s color palette.
Be sure that all images are properly linked into PageMaker by going to File > Links Manager. Select any images that do not display Status as “This item is up to date” and update them by clicking “Info,” navigating (browsing) to the image, selecting the image, and clicking “Link.” Then click “OK.”
You will be including fonts when you send us your files. Be sure that you:
As Pagemaker is an "older" program, and no longer supported by Adobe we strongly suggest that you submit your Pagemaker files as .PDF's as discussed elsewhere.
Otherwise, you must “collect” your Pagemaker file, images and fonts into one folder. Within that folder, organize all your image files into an “Images” folder and all your fonts into a “Fonts” folder. Be sure that all placed images that you have collected are properly formatted according to the same specs for the application that was used to create the file as the specs we feature in the Help Center for that application. For instance, if you have an Illustrator EPS file in your Pagemaker file, make sure that you outline all fonts in that file. If you have a placed Photoshop file that has layers and type, make sure to flatten the file. To make it easier to track your job, name your file to include your PO# and a brief project description (eg: 1084_MyPostcard.pm). Keep the filename less than 23 characters long and avoid spaces if possible and avoid any characters other than letters, numbers, hyphens, underscores and slashes.