How To Set Up Print-Ready Files in Illustrator

Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator all have subtle differences in document setup, since they’re intended for different purposes. Illustrator’s setup is super straightforward though, so sit back and enjoy the cakewalk. To make up for this unwarranted ease, I’m gonna offer some extra tidbits in this post. Everyone likes tidbits. EVERYONE.

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How To Set Up Print-Ready Files in Photoshop

You lovely people are here because you want me to tell you that designing for print in Adobe Photoshop is a cinch; that it might be a little tough but you'll be happy relying on this program for all your print design needs. Well, dear friend, I’m going to come right out and drop my first piece of Photoshop advice on you: maybe just don’t. You certainly can create print design in Photoshop, and I’m gonna tell you how, but just expect a frustrating process.

But I’m not here to tell you not to do something. I’m here to tell you how to use a complex tool as best you can, even if it might not be the best one for the job. With that preamble aside, onward to victory.

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Choosing Design Software When You're Not a Designer

You’re an entrepreneur with an amazing idea, and you want to tell the world about it with some visual magic. Your options are to pay a designer to do this work for you (scoff, amirite?) or to dip your own proprietary toes into the teeming, frothy waters of design. Well, I’m here to tell you that, as uninviting as those waters may seem, committing some time to learning an Adobe program will prove invaluable. In even more exciting news, you need only invest in one single Adobe program to become a rousing success in every design project your mouse-hand touches.

So then, which one do you choose?

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