New Document: Photoshop

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The following data sheet explains how to properly setup and save files in Adobe Photoshop for the purpose of printing in the Digital Output Center at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

Step 1: Setup color preferences for the application to “North America Prepress 2”.

Select “Color Settings” from the edit drop down menu and select “North America Prepress 2” from the setting drop down menu.

Note: Color settings are assuming 8-bit file creation. If converting from RAW or scanned images, a 16-bitformat using the ProPhoto RGB is recommended for maximum color gamut and image quality.

Screenshot: Color Settings
Screenshot: NA Prepress 2

Step 2: Create a new document.

Select “New” from the File drop down menu. Set width and height measurements to “Inches”. Specify your print/document size. Set resolution to “360 Pixels/Inch”, color mode to “RGB Color/8 bit or 16 bit.

Note: If using 16 bit, set color profile to “ProPhoto RGB”.

Screenshot: File > New
Screenshot: New File Dialogue Box

Step 3: Design your image/layout.

Step 4: Step 4: Save your file as a FLAT, UNCOMPRESSED TIFF.

Select “Save As” under the file menu, select the “TIFF” format and turn off layers by unchecking the "Layers" button. In TIFF options dialogue box make sure compression is “None”, byte order is PC, and layer compression is “Discard Layers and Save a Copy”.

Note: The "Discard Layers and Save a Copy" may be grayed out if you successfully unchecked the "Layers" button in the first dialogue box.

Screenshot: Save As TIFF
Screenshot: TIFF Dialogue Box

Complying with recommended file types will greatly reduce the likelihood of issues that may delay the production of your work.

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