Using Photoshop as a design tool Photoshop is the industry standard software for working with photographic images. It is not designed for laying out a complete page so a few points should be noted if that is how it is being used. These notes apply to any image editor which is being used to design a whole page. 1) Bleed: If any content goes to the edge of the page anywhere, make the canvas size 2mm or 3mm larger than the final page size & set up 4 guides to define the page area. Anything that runs to the edge should go past these trim guides and up to the edge of the canvas. 2) Safe area: Text items or anything else that needs to kept intact should not be positioned closer than 3mm from the page edge guidelines. Drawing another set of 4 guides positioned 3mm in from the page area guides will help. 3) Make sure the resolution is at least 200dpi at the required image size. 4) Files with text should not be supplied to us as PSD files. This is because fonts are not embedded and are likely to be missing when we open the PSD file. Click here for help in embedding fonts in a PDF. Best to provide us with a flattened high quality JPG image as well as the PDF file. 5) If no changes are to be made by us, the Photoshop document can just be flattened and saved as a high quality JPG file.
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