Whether for personal use or as part of a professional job, creators who use a digital printer or digital press should make sure they’re following best practices to ensure the best output. Here are three best practices to keep your print game the best it can be:
1. Escape Two Dimensions
Digital printing can do more than print flat images. Advanced machines can handle various coatings, scoring and more. When creating a piece, graphic designers should do what they can to think outside two dimensions.
2. Work on Your Design Skills
A little pre-planning can go a long way when considering a printed piece. That means understanding the capabilities of the digital press you are using. On the flip side, understand what extras the press can do and consider whether those elements would work for your project.
3. Work Backward
This is just another way of suggesting designers work on the more complex elements of a work, such as scoring and folding, before creating the design. Knowing the capabilities of your printer should inform how well it will treat extras - and how the toner or ink will perform on those sections.
Follow these best practices and you are well on your way to a great design. Understand the capabilities of your digital press to get the most out of it.