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Common Print Mistakes for Designers and Printers

Apr 16, 2019   .   5 mins read

Print like any other business comes with its hazards. Today, we would show the common print mistakes, people often make and how to avoid them.

Mistakes happen to everyone, even the most professional of us. You have to know how the mistakes are made and how you can see less and less of them in the future. I choose to focus on the solution while we point out your errors.

You can read our earlier article to know the different printing types.

Let’s Look at The Solutions. 

How then do we avoid these mistakes? Come with me

Double-Check Every Design

The design stage is a very vital stage of your printing process. Focusing on only how your print looks are very disastrous and can ruin the best of any printing outfit. Every design created, whether by your in-house designer or your customer’s designer must be properly scrutinized before it is sent to print.

Do not use the printer’s instinct or your familiarity with your client and neglect checking the design before printing. Double-check and if possible triple-check every design before it is sent to print.

Check your bleed

A bleed is a line/area which acts as a confine for your design and ensures that no part of your design is cut off during printing. The importance of your bleed cannot be overemphasized.

Good bleed/ bad bleed

If a design doesn’t have a bleed, it makes your print work look shabby and you risk losing some part of the design when printing and I am sure we don’t want that or do we??

Ensure that every design created has a bleed, no design should cover the entirety of the paper to prevent rough printing.


Check for Spelling errors

These are the most popular and easiest errors to make. As much as they are easy to create, they can also be easily avoided. Every text on every design whether big or small should have a third pair of eyes looking at them properly. Asides your designer or printer, someone else(e.g the design lead) should take an adequate look at the text before printing.

Spelling errors of any kind should be avoided and the only way it can be done is to properly check and confirm each text on the design before printing.

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Image resolution checks

Every image has a resolution; the resolution refers to the numbers of pixels in the image. The standard image resolution for print is 300 PPI, depending on the format it came in whether PDF, JPEG, EPS or TIFF.

Print images require high resolutions. Do not design with any image whose resolution is lower than the standard resolution. The first thing to do as a designer or printer when sent an image for design is to check its resolution to determine whether it is high enough for print.

Note: the fact that the image looks clear while designing, does not give the assurance that it would look good on print.

As a designer, avoid sourcing for images online due to their poor resolution and to avoid copyright issues.


Color mode

Before printing, check that the colors used have the standard color mode for design ‘CMYK”. Do not print any job without checking the design colors. As a designer, it is advisable that you source for color palettes online while designing in order to determine the ideal color for the job and to avoid the occasional mishap that occurs when the printer’s Pantone colors are quite different from that of your system or the entire design.

Note: Pantone is the standard language for color combination from designer to printer and customer, it is also the name of the company that created the color matching system.


Print a sample

After design, print a sample on a regular paper and confirm that the print properly aligns with the design before commencing on the full print operation.

Hire a Quality Assurance officer

If you are a big printing company like ours or you are a big-time designer with too many jobs on his plate, the best solution would be to hire a QA officer who would cross-check and confirm that all your print jobs come out safe and sound.


Why don’t you trust us with your print?

Rather than bother yourself with all the above options, you can just log onto Kiakiaprint and order your print jobs and with our efficient QA officers and our excellent customer care team, you are guaranteed an error-free job.

You can also contact us on social media through Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @kiakiaprint. Our customer care team are always ready to answer all your inquiries, gather feedback and repost your amazing testimonials.

Article by Ademola Kadiri Tags: checks . design . fliers . mistakes . print . sample . samples