Adobe Photoshop: Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Creating a New Document

After launching your Photoshop application

  • Choose File > New (See Figure 1)
    Keyboard Shortcut: Ctrl+N for PC Users, Cmd+N for Mac Users
(Figure 1)

(Figure 1)

When the New window appears, (See Figure 2)

  • Set the Resolution (raster effects) to 300 DPI.
  • Set the Color Mode to CMYK.
  • Set the Width & Height of your artwork to the bleed size of the product you are creating.
  • You can refer to this table for a quick list of product sizes and the bleed size to submit.
(Figure 2)

(Figure 2)

Step 2: Saving your Files

When you have completed your design, and checked it against the guidelines above,

  • Choose File > Save As… (See Figure 3)
(Figure 3)

(Figure 3)

When the Save As box appears (See Figure 4)

    • Enter a filename for your design.
    • Select TIFF (*.tif) as your filetype, or you may also save your files as a JPG.
    • Uncheck the Layers checkbox, so that your exported artwork is flattened.

Flattening your artwork ensures the appearance of your layers is preserved.

    • Check the Save as a Copy checkbox

Save the flattened artwork with a new filename. This will ensure you do not overwrite your layered source file.

    • Click Save to proceed.
(Figure 4)

(Figure 4)