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Whether you are not sure how to order or need help closing your artwork,
you can read all about it down here.

Select your software:

Saving your artwork using the PDF-X1a standard

Generating a PDF / X-1a file

Before saving your artwork as a PDF as described in this tutorial, please make sure that the security margins and bleed are compliant with our requirements. To ensure a perfect result, please set a bleed of 3 mm and a safety margin of 3 mm.

Once you have made sure that your file is ready for printing, click File → Save As in the Top Menu.

To save as PDF-X1a, click Save As...

Under Format, choose Adobe PDF (pdf), and then click “Save”. This will open a window for PDF specifications.

Select Adobe PDF under Save As: , then save

In this window, set the Adobe PDF Preset field to the “High Quality Print” option. In some Adobe Illustrator versions, this menu might only show a “Custom” option. In any case, set Standard to PDF/X-1a:2001, and tick the “Optimize for Fast Web View”, and “View PDF” after Saving options in the Options panel.

Choose PDF-X1a standard and set Preset to High Quality Print

Next, select “Marks and Bleeds” on the left side, and tick the boxes for “Trim Marks” and “Registration Marks” in the Marks panel, to ensure that the printed product is properly cut. In the Bleeds panel, tick the “Use Document Bleed Settings” option.

Set trim marks and registration marks and use document bleed settings

After ensuring once again that all settings have been selected as described above, click Save PDF.