How To Preflight in Acrobat [VIDEO]

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Have you ever printed something for your company and the print job didn’t come out like you expected it to? Fortunately, there’s a way to check for mistakes and errors before going through the printing process. In this video by Robert Vernon, he explains how to preflight your PDFs using Acrobat. Preflighting is the process of checking if the digital data required to print a job are all present and valid. So, if your colors are lame RGBs, the preflight process will keep them bright, colorful, and CMYK.

Video Transcription:

Robert Vernon here from Digital Arts and I want to show you today how to preflight a file in acrobat. There are some great tools built into acrobat that will give you all kinds of information about your file.

 

I’m going to go ahead and open up a file here. The reason we preflight, of course, is to catch all of the problems that may be associated with a file with a PDF before it goes into production. We want the presses the run smoothly. We want pre-press to not have to call the customers and we want everything to go as smoothly as possible.

 

So, I’ve opened up a PDF here, it’s a one page PDF. You can check the size by putting your cursor in the lower left. This is 8 ½ x 11. Now, to preflight, you’re going to go up here to the advanced tab and all the way at the bottom you’ll see preflight. A lot of people don’t realize it’s there. But, if you select it, you’ll see that there’s a lot going for it.

 

Now, when you pull it up you’re going to see you have choices of all different kinds of profiles. If you’re going to Sheet Fed or Web Press, you’d select these. We do digital printing so I’m going to go ahead and select digital printing here, color, and we’re going to go ahead and analyze the file. Click the analyze tab, and it’s going to go into the file and give me a great report. Well, we see here there’s some transparency issues. I’m going to select overview, and let’s just check color spaces. Well, we see we have RGB and we also can look at the fonts, comic sans ms, and we can look at the images again. A lot of RGB. I can go back to profiles and select analyze and fix.

 

Now, it’s going to ask for a new name and I don’t want to overwrite the original file, so I’m going to go ahead and put DAI in front of it and save. Now it’s going to go ahead and correct those problems and give us a new report after it does so. Right now you can see it’s converting RGB to CMYK, it’s flattening the transparency, and now no problems were found. It also recompressed LZW ZIP, of course, LZW is a problem with a lot of rips. And it’s that easy!

 

Really, go ahead and experiment with it. I think you’ll find that this will really simplify your workflow and allow you to catch a lot of problems early in the workflow that you have in your shop. Any questions, give me a call or email. You can reach me at robert@digitalartsimaging.com or at 908-237-4646. Thanks!

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Logo Design: Do’s and Dont’s

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When spring rolls around every year, we can’t help but want a fresh start. For some, that means spring cleaning. For others, that means a new haircut. In the marketing world, we see an increase in website and logo refreshes. But just like a new haircut, you need to do a little research before taking that leap.

Unfortunately for you, there aren’t any quizzes you can take to figure out your logo like you can find out the best haircut for your face shape. However, our team has been doing this long enough to have collected some tips along the way that can help you navigate through the logo creation process.

Think of your favorite brands. Now think about their logos. How easy were they to visualize? You encounter so many brands each day and with each brand comes a logo. What makes certain brands stand out? Why are some logos more memorable than others?

Now, think about the logo for your own brand. Whether it’s already in the market or your brainstorming for a launch, the logo is an important piece of marketing collateral. There are plenty of brands who haven’t created the best imagery to support their business and we don’t want that from you. We talked to our designers to find out the logo do’s and don’ts for you to consider!

The Do’s

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Research Your Audience

Before doing any branding for your business, you need to know who you’re selling to and what will resonate best with that audience. Your logo is something that will stick with them as they move through the funnel from prospect to client. You don’t want to turn away a potential customer because of your iconography so before you put in any time or money, make sure you find out what type of imagery they like.

Keep It Simple

One of the worst things that can happen during the design process is that by adding elements, you lose the overall messaging. You want a clean, fresh design that’s easy to recognize and even easier to read. Remember when I asked you to think of your favorite brands? What made their logos stick out in your mind? Boil it down to the elements you liked and use that to form your own branding.

Create your Logo as Vector Artwork

You can get your logo printed on anything nowadays. From a pen to a billboard, you’re going to need to have the ability to shrink or stretch the art to fit your needs. But the last thing you want to do is lose resolution. You want to be remembered but you don’t want to be recognized as the company with the pixelated logo.

Establish Guidelines for Logo Use

The reason you remember your favorite brands is because they’ve been able to put their logos and iconography in front of you across various mediums. You recognize them because they adhere to specific guidelines. No matter the size of your business, consistency is key when it comes to spreading your messaging and that starts with your logo.

Shoot for a Timeless Design

I know I started off this post by acknowledging that springtime is the time for website and branding refreshes, so I want to explain before you call me out for contradicting myself. Refreshes and redesigns are two different things. Some branding needs to be modernized in order to sustain itself in the modern world. Think of the Starbucks Mermaid. We’re shooting for recognition when we create branding for a company and by using timeless colors, fonts, and elements, you do just that for a longer period of time.

The Don’ts

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Use Clip Art

Spend the time and money to create a custom design. While clip art may seem like a quick fix if you don’t have the skills or resources, it can’t be trademarked. You want to be able to trademark your logo to protect the brand and your business so stay away from using any prepackaged imagery.

Rely on Effects or Trends

I already stated in the DO section, your logo should be timeless so you should avoid any effects or trends that could date the design. Word Art effects might’ve been great for your yard sale signage back in the day, but you don’t want to drum up that nostalgia when potential clients encounter your branding. Staying away from trends will save you money in the long run because you don’t have to spend time or funds to update or modernize your branding.

Use Too Many Fonts

It’s easy to get carried away when it comes to choosing a font because there are so many. But it’s important to remember that less is more when it comes to fonts. Make sure the fonts you do choose coordinate with each other to spread your messaging appropriately.

Imitate Other Brands

While imitation might be the finest form of flattery, it has not place in branding. You don’t want to imitate other brands because it’ll confuse your potential audience. The last thing you want your customers to think about when they’re considering your company is another company. A successfully designed logo is meant to recall the company when someone sees it so don’t hurt your brand by being too similar to another.

Use Unnecessary Words or Elements 

No one likes to be in a crowded room. When you add too many words and style elements you logo becomes that crowded room. They become harder to read or decipher and that’s obviously the opposite of what you want to achieve with your branding. Give each word and element the attention they deserve by designing a layout that allows each to stand out.

Now you’re ready to start brainstorming for your company’s branding. Once you have a logo in place, it’s also smart to work out the other brand guidelines your company should follow. This will help promote that recognition I’ve been trying to drive home.

As always, if you have questions, feel free to drop us a comment! We’re happy to help bring your brand to life. And every brand starts with a killer logo!

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How To Create Your Own Brand Guidelines

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Creating your own brand can be intimidating if you don’t have the right tips. There are many ways to create your own brand and to present it to the world, but these tips will help you get started.

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Determine your target audience

What type of audience are you trying to reach? This is the first step when building your own brand. You have to grasp what kind of consumers you are advertising and talking to. If you are a realtor, your audience is most likely going to be homebuyers and home sellers. Once you have a full understanding of who your target audience is, you can better know how to create your brand.

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Define a branding mission statement

Before you can build a company that the community and your target audience trusts, you have to show the value that your business provides. Come up with a strong mission statement that will win over many, and create a sense of trust at the same time. It should be short and sweet, yet to the point and informative. This will give your audience confidence in your brand. With this trust, you can set better goals.

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Research your competition

There’s a good chance that there are companies out there similar to the one you’re trying to build. Those brands are your competition but can also act as your inspiration. How did they start? What are they doing now? Who do they appeal to? Find out how they operate and instead of mimicking them, go a step further and pull ahead. It’s all about researching your fellow competitors and trying to be a step ahead of them.

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Create a logo

Logos are one of the most important parts of building a brand. Almost every company has some type of logo, and many remember them. We all know the “golden arches” for McDonald’s, the green mermaid for Starbucks, and the swoosh by Nike. Logos give your brand a personality and set you apart from others. Team up with a graphic designer and build a memorable logo that best represents your brand.

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Find your voice

Your company should have its own voice. It should represent your company’s mission, audience, and industry yet showcases a friendly and helpful personality. If your brand has its own unique voice, it’ll stand out amongst others and attract attention to itself. Having your own voice will encourage audiences to acknowledge and reach out to you.

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Create an online presence

Your brand should not only exist by itself. It should be on your social media, brochures, business cards, and more. The more you get your brand’s name out there, the more likely it is to succeed. Social media goes a long way these days. Create accounts on all the networks that make sense for your company. Post as much useful content as you can whether your posts are ads, advice, or even just a picture. This will keep your audience engaged and in the loop of what your company is doing.

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Create unique iconography

Iconography makes every website more fun, especially when the icons are unique. Why use the generic icons when you can create your own eye-catching ones? Iconography will make your brand stand out more and create a fun experience for your audience when browsing your website and social media pages. It’s just a little touch of personality that will separate you from your competition.

Hopefully, these tips will help you create a guideline when creating your own brand. It’s good to have a step-by-step guide to help you create the brand you’ve been building towards.

 

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