The term ‘artwork’ refers to the graphic design used for your soon-to-be printed materials; from a basic text alignment to a sophisticated visual design which could include photographs or logos. When printing for your own office, whether it’s a leaflet or company marketing report – you don’t always have to outsource this stage of the process; let us take you through some important software that you can use yourself.
Benefits of producing your own artwork
One of the main benefits for producing your own artwork is that it doesn’t incur any extra costs, it may take up more time then previous projects but your savings will outweigh the negative impact. You also not only have the final say over how the document looks, but you can refine it as much as you like.
Creating any form of graphic design or artwork yourself can end up looking quite amateur (unless you are already an experienced designer). Consider finding some training programmes online or via YouTube to learn the basics of the programme and to ensure you get the maximum benefits.
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Best software to use
Depending what type of artwork you are creating, the pre-installed software on your computer may be all you need. This will include Microsoft Word and PowerPoint – these programmes allow you to make simple and short documents with images and text along side which can be saved as a PDF.
For more image based documents, image-editing software such as Adobe Photoshop, InDesign or Illustrator are used by professionals across the world and can be easily learnt. For a more affordable alternative consider free image manipulation software such as ‘Paint’ or Serif Photo Plus’ which have their uses, but can be basic at the end result.
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Once you have your desired finish for your document, you can save templates in programmes such as Microsoft word and Adobe, this tip will make the printing process much faster for the next project you have – if it’s the same layout! Most of the image and word processing programmes will have everything you need to save processes and understand methods so you can get the best out of your print.
What type of printer would work for you?
The MFC-J6920DW is designed to help your team to work faster, smarter and more collaboratively up to A3. Connect directly to the cloud and your mobile device for instant results, or use near field communication (NFC) simply by holding your compatible device up to the sensor. Double-sided print, copy and scan, plus XL ink cartridges mean you can streamline your print costs too.
- 6,000 x 1,200 dpi (print)
- 22 ppm print speed
- 256MB memory
- NFC printing
- Double sided printing
Designed specifically for the growing small to medium business, the MFC-J5320DW offers versatility and value for money. This printer comes with fast colour and mono print speeds alongside automatic duplex printing and 35 sheet ADF, the MFC-J5320DW will help improve productivity in the workplace. Featuring cloud and mobile connectivity as standard, the MFC-J5320DW will enable you to print on the go as well as scan to popular cloud services including Dropbox, Facebook, Google Drive and Box.
- 35 ppm print speed
- 6000 x 1200 dpi (print)
- Airprint & Google Cloud Print
- Double sided printing