35 Tutorials To Get Your Awesome Design Print-Ready

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Print design is everywhere around us. You can see it everyday on newspapers, advertisements, brochures, business cards, T-shirt designs, posters. But you need some skills to create good looking, catchy print design and usually it’s not an easy task.

In this article you’re going to find some useful tutorials working with print products on Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat Reader – print designing will not cause any more pain for you!

1. Design a Ready to Print Brochure in Photoshop

In this tutorial you’re going to learn how to create a ready to print three-fold brochure from scratch using only Photoshop. This tutorial is ideal for beginners and for people who want to know more about print design.

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2. Making a Print-Ready Business Card Using Only Photoshop

In this tutorial, we are going to design up a simple business card in Photoshop and get it ready for print with crop marks and bleed.

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3. How to Design a Print-Ready Flier with Photoshop and Illustrator

In this tutorial we are going to create 3D text and integrate it in a natural environment. We will not use any 3D programs, so all you need is Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to create this effect.

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4. Create a Fun Print-Ready Doodled Business Card Design

In this tutorial you’re going to create unique doodle and sketch business card design. You’ll be drawing our doodles directly in Illustrator, and using the application’s print abilities to set up your business card document with the correct margins and bleed to build a complete print-ready PDF document.

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5. Business Card Design Project Walkthrough

You’re going to look look back at Chris process for creating the final concept of James Clarksons business card, resulting in the finished printed product.

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6. Design a Print-Ready Beer Label in Adobe Illustrator

This tutorial takes you from setup to production of a really cool beer label, although this could be useful for any bottled concoction of your choosing.

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7. Design a Print-ready Ad in Adobe InDesign

Want to learn how to make an ad that could go into a magazine? This tutorial is perfect for you if you’re familiar with Adobe Illustrator and want to get started with a layout program suited toward publication design.

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8. Create and Print a Brochure with Photoshop, Indesign and UPrinting.com

This is a 2 part complete walktrough teaching you complete process of designing a simple brochure, getting it ready for print and then actually uploading it to a commercial online printer, checking the proof and seeing the finished product.

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9. Make a Print Ready Easter Greeting Card from Scratch

This ir really simple tutorial, which will help you create nice, simple greeting card for friends or family.

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10. Design Slick Print Ready Business Card Using Photoshop

In this tutorial you’re going to see how to design your own double sided business card in Photoshop and get it ready for print.

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11. Create a Grunge Print-Ready Business Card

In this tutorial you’re going to be guided through the process of creating a grunge print-ready business card using Photoshop. You’re also going to find some information on how should a good business card look like.

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12. How To Create Old Grunge Style Print Ready Business Card

This tutorial will guide you and help you to create a cool old grunged business card in photoshop which is fully print ready with full bleed.

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13. How to Make a Great Print Ready Business Card in Photoshop

In this tutorial you will learn how to get your business card print ready with crop marks and bleed.

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14. Creative Brochure Design Tutorial in Adobe Photoshop

Learn how to create simple 2 page brochure for technology and design company.

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15. Create a Business Card in Illustrator and Print it with UPrinting

In this tutorial we’ll take the Rockable Press brand tutorials and apply it to create and print business cards with UPrinting.

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16. Design a Print Ready Business Card for Designers

Follow this walkthrough in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign to create your own double sided business card design, resulting in a print-ready file to send to your favoured print firm.

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17. Create a Five-color Magazine Cover using a Spot Metallic

This as an advanced tutorial where first you’ll be exporting InDesgn template in Photoshop and then creating the print with CMYK and spot metalic color layer.

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18. Create a Grid Based Resume/CV Layout in InDesign

Use the power of grid based designs to create a structured and professional page layout in InDesign, which can then be populated with a range of information to produce a polished CV or Resume.

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19. How to Design an Abstract Business Card in Photoshop

In this tutorial you will see how to design an abstract business card using a combination of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. You will be using Photoshop as a base for our business card, all whilst using Illustrator to create some clean, abstract shapes to use in our abstract business cards.

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20. Creating a Colorful Vibrant Business Card

Design a vibrant business card for designer. You have already been given a template with bleed lines.

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21. How To Create Print Ready Standard Size Business Cards

In this tutorial you’re going to be creating a simple and easy, not hard to follow business card design. You’re also goig to find out what are bleeds and what to take in account designing a business card.

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22. Designing for Print – Setting Up Crops and Bleed

Learn how to set up crops and bleeds for any kind of print works.

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23. What Makes a Good Business Card?

This isn’t a tutorial, but if you’re creating a business card with intension to really use it, you should consider reading this article by David Airey.

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24. Create and Then Shatter a Grid, while Making a Typographic Poster

Break the grid to create a dynamic and exciting layout. So grab the usual tools of the trade, Photoshop and Illustrator, and follow tutorials steps into creating your own solution.

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25. Design a 6 Panel CD Package Tutorial

In this tutorial the artist will talk you through his workflow and decision-making process rather than focus too much on specific graphical techniques and he’ll also explain how to use printers’ templates to make sure your design comes up to their specs.

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26. How To Design A Movie Poster – With An Example

This is very detailed tutorial teaching you how to research materials for your project, creating various outcomes and the message your poster should send.

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27. How to Create a Retro Boxing Poster in Photoshop

You’ll be drawing inspiration from Poster Design from the 1960s, particularly Boxing Posters from that era. You’ll learn some things to keep an eye out for when mimicking graphic design from any decades past.

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28. Magazine Cover Design in InDesign

In this tutorial, we’ll not only take you through the process of creating a cover, but also reveal techniques that designers use to make their covers stand out.

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29. Create Numbered Tickets the Easy Way in InDesign

In this tutorial, we’ll explain how to do an easy setup in InDesign for automatically numbered tickets. We will look at the handy “Data Merge Tool,” which is a great time-saver.

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30. How to Create a Music Magazine Cover in InDesign

In this tutorial, we’ll look at how to create a magazine cover in InDesign. You’ll learn how to set up a page layout and add text. This is an introduction to InDesign and no previous knowledge is required.

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31. Publishing a Multiple Paged PDF Document Using Illustrator

One of Illustrator’s lesser-known functions is it’s ability to produce and publish multiple paged documents in PDF format. This tutorial will explain how it’s done, while discussing some grid layout theory to produce an Annual Report.

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32. Getting Illustrator files Print Ready

Quick check list to do before getting file ready for printing.

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33. How to Create a Coupon in InDesign

In this tutorial, we’ll explain how to create a coupon, double-sided in InDesign. This is a beginner level tutorial and by no means meant for print. It gives you a small intro into tabs, style sheets and glyphs.

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34. Create an Adobe Illustrator Template for a Tri-Fold Brochure

This tutorial will help you understand how to set crops and bleed for tri-fold brochure. You can also download template.

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35. Design Artworks for Screen-Printing

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to colour up a four-colour design for screen-printing using Photoshop and Illustrator.

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19 Comments Best Comments First
  • djavupixel

    Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 11:14

    8

    Amazing list of good tutorials. Often webdesigner forget that print is not web and vis-versa (for those from print).

    I retweet it!

    0
  • FeryKloucek

    Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 12:04

    6

    Nice gallery of tutorials! Really useful for those who wants to start with printings!

    0
  • artistmax

    Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 05:24

    5

    good lessons. But to print these layouts, not all can be used. More precisely, we in Russia =) need a lot of pre-press….

    0
  • Marc Sylvester

    Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 01:51

    2

    This is a great blog. Happy I chanced upon it.
    Dainis, your entire website (and not just the posts) is very inspiring.

    Marc

    0
  • Lucifix

    Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 09:24

    3

    Great article! I only miss one category: invoices ;)

    0
  • Peter

    Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 11:03

    4

    Why would you design a Ready to Print Brochure in Photoshop? If you are a print designer you wouldn’t even think of doing the brochure in photoshop (elements of the brochure maybe, but not the whole brochure). It scares me when I see articles like this.

    0
    • jeprie

      Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 11:16

      10

      So, what if I don’t have InDesign or Illustrator? Just make sure sure you use high resolution, 300 dpi, convert to CMYK at the end and everything will work fine. What’s important is the final image, your client don’t care if you use Ai, Id, or Ps.

      0
      • Chris

        Thursday, May 20th, 2010 05:56

        14

        ohhh trust me some clients care if you’ve done it in Photoshop or Illustrator.

        +1
    • ricky

      Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 14:43

      7

      From the first article:

      “I’m doing it without using InDesign templates, nor Illustrator, since there are many people who don’t have that software, or don’t know how to use it. If you’re a student looking to print a Brochure in your InkJet Printer, this just might be the right tutorial for you.”

      0
    • Steve

      Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 03:27

      9

      Peter, you are correct.

      This article scares me too. Photoshop is one of the last apps I would use to print-ready a file. Hell you need to set up your bleed manually etc. Nuts.

      0
  • Nick Burd

    Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 01:10

    1

    This post was really packed full of info.. Being someone who doesn’t typically use Illustrator, I enjoyed learning a bit.

    Thank you.

    0
  • Rakesh

    Friday, January 13th, 2012 19:46

    18

    i have just prepare website and i have prepare more design. thanks

    Rakesh

    0
  • Jess

    Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 22:29

    19

    Thank you so much for this article. I am a print brokerand I constantly have clients who are unsure how to set up artwork and I have spent hours on the phone walking them through the basic steps that I know. I also often have customers who ask me to make small artwork changes for them. The above information would be very helpful when I have the odd job I am unsure of how to do.

    Your steps are very clear, and I will pass this article along to my customers in hopes of helping them.

    Thanks!!

    0
  • Taylor Smith

    Monday, May 9th, 2011 20:47

    16

    That really is a great page for anyone wanting to learn more about specific adobe programs and how to master them. It really is a great video resource and a nice way to watch a tutorial.

    0
    • Sharky

      Sunday, July 3rd, 2011 19:07

      17

      So true. Honesty and eevyrtinhg recognized.

      0
  • Fresh Card

    Saturday, May 29th, 2010 16:55

    15

    Really nice collection of tutorials thanks

    0
  • Chris Takakura

    Thursday, April 22nd, 2010 10:08

    11

    Thanks for featuring my tutorial in the tutorial round-up. Much appreciated.

    0
  • Subhadeep Gayen

    Friday, April 23rd, 2010 17:13

    12

    Thank You for featuring my grudge styled business card tutorial.

    0
  • The Pro Designer

    Sunday, April 25th, 2010 07:26

    13

    Hey Thanks for adding my tutorial to your list…

    There is a really good selection here…

    0
  • Jess

    Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 22:29

    19

    Thank you so much for this article. I am a print brokerand I constantly have clients who are unsure how to set up artwork and I have spent hours on the phone walking them through the basic steps that I know. I also often have customers who ask me to make small artwork changes for them. The above information would be very helpful when I have the odd job I am unsure of how to do.

    Your steps are very clear, and I will pass this article along to my customers in hopes of helping them.

    Thanks!!

    0
  • Rakesh

    Friday, January 13th, 2012 19:46

    18

    i have just prepare website and i have prepare more design. thanks

    Rakesh

    0
  • Taylor Smith

    Monday, May 9th, 2011 20:47

    16

    That really is a great page for anyone wanting to learn more about specific adobe programs and how to master them. It really is a great video resource and a nice way to watch a tutorial.

    0
    • Sharky

      Sunday, July 3rd, 2011 19:07

      17

      So true. Honesty and eevyrtinhg recognized.

      0
  • Fresh Card

    Saturday, May 29th, 2010 16:55

    15

    Really nice collection of tutorials thanks

    0
  • The Pro Designer

    Sunday, April 25th, 2010 07:26

    13

    Hey Thanks for adding my tutorial to your list…

    There is a really good selection here…

    0
  • Subhadeep Gayen

    Friday, April 23rd, 2010 17:13

    12

    Thank You for featuring my grudge styled business card tutorial.

    0
  • Chris Takakura

    Thursday, April 22nd, 2010 10:08

    11

    Thanks for featuring my tutorial in the tutorial round-up. Much appreciated.

    0
  • djavupixel

    Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 11:14

    8

    Amazing list of good tutorials. Often webdesigner forget that print is not web and vis-versa (for those from print).

    I retweet it!

    0
  • FeryKloucek

    Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 12:04

    6

    Nice gallery of tutorials! Really useful for those who wants to start with printings!

    0
  • artistmax

    Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 05:24

    5

    good lessons. But to print these layouts, not all can be used. More precisely, we in Russia =) need a lot of pre-press….

    0
  • Peter

    Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 11:03

    4

    Why would you design a Ready to Print Brochure in Photoshop? If you are a print designer you wouldn’t even think of doing the brochure in photoshop (elements of the brochure maybe, but not the whole brochure). It scares me when I see articles like this.

    0
    • ricky

      Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 14:43

      7

      From the first article:

      “I’m doing it without using InDesign templates, nor Illustrator, since there are many people who don’t have that software, or don’t know how to use it. If you’re a student looking to print a Brochure in your InkJet Printer, this just might be the right tutorial for you.”

      0
    • Steve

      Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 03:27

      9

      Peter, you are correct.

      This article scares me too. Photoshop is one of the last apps I would use to print-ready a file. Hell you need to set up your bleed manually etc. Nuts.

      0
    • jeprie

      Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 11:16

      10

      So, what if I don’t have InDesign or Illustrator? Just make sure sure you use high resolution, 300 dpi, convert to CMYK at the end and everything will work fine. What’s important is the final image, your client don’t care if you use Ai, Id, or Ps.

      0
      • Chris

        Thursday, May 20th, 2010 05:56

        14

        ohhh trust me some clients care if you’ve done it in Photoshop or Illustrator.

        +1
  • Lucifix

    Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 09:24

    3

    Great article! I only miss one category: invoices ;)

    0
  • Marc Sylvester

    Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 01:51

    2

    This is a great blog. Happy I chanced upon it.
    Dainis, your entire website (and not just the posts) is very inspiring.

    Marc

    0
  • Nick Burd

    Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 01:10

    1

    This post was really packed full of info.. Being someone who doesn’t typically use Illustrator, I enjoyed learning a bit.

    Thank you.

    0

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