Preparing Artwork for Print

A lovely children’s project came in this week for some panels printed on foamboard. This foam board has a self-adhesive backing applied for easy fixing. We thought we’d share some of our steps to preparing this artwork to fit the required sizes.

The stock images supplied were in a square format and the client’s measurements were more rectangular in shape. Rather than just cropping, which would have removed some of the image from the top and bottom, we took the time to edit the Illustrator files.

Vector Stock Illustration

Vector Stock Illustration

As you can see on the right in the layers panel the image is made up of many layers. We’ve turned off one of the “eye” sections so that you can see how much work goes into each part of a vector illustration – the eye highlights and shadows are still visible.

For this image to be manipulated only 2 group layers were needed: the frog and the background. Each section was saved separately as a .pdf and opened into a new document (at the correct size) in Photoshop.

Selected Details

Selected Details

The Selected Details image shows how each part of the face could be edited individually if required. This is useful if you wanted to change the colours for example.

 

 

 

Our two layers in Photoshop were resized and positioned in place to produce the final artwork for printing.

Frog

Frog

Frog Background

Frog Background

Final Print Ready Artwork

Final Print Ready Artwork

 

 

 

 

 

Our second image was a little more tricky as more layers had to be saved, but the process was the same as above.

Jungle Leaves

Jungle Leaves

Monkey

Monkey

Monkey Shadow

Monkey Shadow

Jungle Background

Jungle Background

Image Ready for Printing

Image Ready for Printing

 

 

 

 

 

And our last image was of a football. This was a large panel and again rather than cropping the image which would have meant that a lot of the image would be missing, we edited two layers again, resized and repositioned them.

Football

Football

Football Net

Football Net

Image Ready for Printing

Image Ready for Printing

 

 

 

 

 

The printed artwork ready to be installed into children’s bedrooms. If you would like help with your project, please contact us for more information on 01952 581340.

Frog print by our Acoustic Art Team

Frog print by our Acoustic Art Team

Monkey print by our Acoustic Art Team

Monkey print by our Acoustic Art Team

Football print by our Acoustic Art Team

Football print by our Acoustic Art Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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