Guide: Export a Figma (or Canva) File to print format for free with PDF24

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Here's how to export your designs figma towards a printing format (e.g. business cards, flyers, brochures, etc.) compatible with services such as OnlinePrinters. The same approach applies to solutions like Can go (for design) and Pixartprinting or Vistaprint (for printing).

Figma and PDF24: a winning duo for printing

figma, powerful graphic design tool and free, allows you to create unique and impactful designs. Its versatility adapts to all your needs, from simple illustration to complex user interface.

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PDF24, software just as free, perfectly complements Figma by transforming your creations into professional PDF files. Its wide range of features gives you complete control over your documents, from conversion to compression to editing. A real alternative to Adobe Acrobat Reader. (there is also a Free online version)

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Complete Figma or Canva export process to print format

Step 1: Export your Figma images

  1. Dimensions: Export your images to JPG using the formula (width in mm) x 10 x (height in mm) x 10 in pixels. For example, for a print size of 8.9 x 5.9 mm (with margins, as on OnlinePrinters), create an image of 890 x 590 pixels (8.9 x 10 and 5.9 x 10).
  2. Bleed margins: Make sure you have at least 4mm of bleed margin around your design to avoid imprecise cutouts.
  3. JPG format: Export as JPG for default optimization. You can fine-tune the optimization with software like Squoosh: https://squoosh.app/.
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Step 2: Convert your images to PDF

  1. Install PDF24: Download and install the free PDF24 software: https://www.pdf24.org/fr/ to create and manage PDFs.
  2. Convert to PDF: Open PDF24 and select “Image to PDF Converter”.
  3. Choose the dimensions: Set the PDF size based on the print dimensions (ex: 89mm x 59mm).
  4. Create and save the PDF: Create the PDF and save it to a folder on your computer.
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Step 3: Check Dimensions

  1. Open PDF: Open the PDF document with a PDF reader like PDF Reader from PDF24.
  2. Check the information: In the document information (left column), make sure the format is correct and the pixel density is at least 600 dpi to avoid pixelation.
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Additional Tips

  • Use clear and precise file names for your images and PDF.
  • Check your printer's specific requirements for file formats and dimensions.
  • Do not hesitate to contact your printer's customer support if you encounter any difficulties.

Conclusion

By following this simple and effective guide, you can export your Figma designs to a printing format personalized for your prints and compatible with most printing services. Remember to follow good design and typographic practices to obtain optimal results.

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