I have recently designed a food product bag design to be printed on a 3 seal laminated foil bag. I produced graphics for the design in Illustrator, retouched product photography in Photoshop and laid everything out in InDesign. The print shop apparently does not use InDesign. Is that industry norm??? I am need to sending something like this to a press, but am finding it hard to believe that the only way to send the file would be as an .ai. Am I crazy?

  • I meant to say 'new to sending something like this to a press'.
    – tand
    Commented Oct 6, 2016 at 21:54

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Any print shop should be able to use a pdf, which can be exported from Indesign. Make sure to export as a Press Quality pdf.

  • Yes, and then you may be able to open the PDF file in AI yourself and save as AI if that makes them happier. Just double check the details before you do so. You may need to do some re-formatting of text etc.
    – ispaany
    Commented Dec 7, 2016 at 18:28

A print shop requires and requests the highest resolution artwork possible.

An illustrator file is usually the best bet as far as resolution goes because of the vector based artwork.

You could recreate your layout using Illustrator and send this off to the printer.

Alternatively, ask the print shop if they will take a "Press Quality PDF" you could, depending on your artwork, create a Press Quality PDF using InDesign's export tool and selecting Press Quality. (The printer may also request bleed and trim marks.) Please see:Screenshot Instructions

Make sure all of your artwork is at least 300dpi or a vector based EPS

Note: Potentially the print shop can supply a template/specs that you could use for layout in illustrator.

Good Luck!

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