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I'm really stressed about making my work compatible for print, i am doing a logo for a band at the moment, i did it in Illustrator CS4, but they want it to have an edge/roughness to it, and the only way i can achieve this is by exporting to photoshop and putting a texture over the logo etc.
I am concerned that this won't come out great for print, they will be using for album covers and postcards for festivals.
Any advice would be great as it's really getting me down and i keep hearing different things, it's also limiting my creativity, why can't what you see on the screen gets to be printed huh, life isn't that easy lol
I really don't know what u mean by edge roughness. Could you send me a jpg image or your illustration of what they mean by that? If you want to add texture in ps, make sure it's at high resolution and converted to cmyk as well as the illustrator file. Do some test prints at your house and see what it looks like.
If what you're worried about is the crispness of the image changing depending on what the format is, there is a pretty simple solution, actually.
Figure out from the band what they intend to put it on, then figure out the biggest thing that they're currently planning to print it on. From there, make sure the art is a bit bigger than that, and there ya go - you have a catch-all for whatever they need.
So for example, let's say they plan to have the artwork on the album cover, postcards, and posters. Even though they all have different sizes to them, one can assume that there's a fair chance the main art itself won't be changed beyond resizing. So figure out how big the art needs to be for the poster, make it slightly larger than that (or even as big as the poster,) and then that art can work for the album covers and postcards as well.
In regards to worrying about your work looking printed, there's a few things to keep in mind.
-You can work in RGB to get the benefit of all the filters and all that, just make sure to turn on proof colors (which should be set to Working CMYK.) It may not seem like it at first, but it DOES show you exactly how far you can go in the CMYK gamut.
-You can do a few test prints at home, but it's going to give you only the vaguest idea of what it'll look like (unless of course, you own the same printer as the place that will be printing it, which is most likely unrealistic.) And since monitors and printers vary wildly in their output, what may be tweaked on your computer to work for your printer may not work elsewhere. I've had to take images and lighten them (or darken them) in some cases to get them to look how I intended it to in the past. It's just the nature of the beast.
Hope some of this helps!
cool, thanks for the help guys.