Saving a PDF

Saving a PDF including crop marks (or trim marks) and bleed is often the most preferred option for your print vendor. They may have specific requirements about the preset you should use, many prefer the PDFX1A or Press Quality.

Illustrator: Save As a PDF Format
Set the Adobe PDF Preset to Illustrator Default, Press Quality or PDFX1A, you can then choose the Marks and Bleeds menu on the left and this is where you can check the boxes for Trim Marks and Use Document Bleed Settings, or you can add a bleed size if you’ve forgotten to add it to your document size.

Indesign: Under the File menu choose Adobe PDF Presets
Set the Adobe PDF Preset to Press Quality or PDFX1A, you can then choose the Marks and Bleeds menu on the left and this is where you can check the boxes for Crop Marks and Use Document Bleed Settings, or you can add a bleed size if you’ve forgotten to add it to your document size.

Photoshop: Save As a Photoshop PDF format
Set the Adobe PDF Preset to High Quality or PDFX1A. This program isn’t meant for page layout, so it lacks many of the document set up choices like adding printer’s marks or bleed. It’s best to set type in Indesign or Illustrator to take advantage of the Postscript type quality they avail.

Canva: Click the following link for instructions.
Download Print Design

Corel Draw: Click the following link for instructions.
Set Up Files for Print

QuarkXpress: Click the following links for instructions.
Custom Bleeds 2018
Custom Bleeds 2019