If you need to send either ourselves or any printing company files to print, PDF files are the most common and best files to use to ensure consistency across platforms. PDF stands for Portable Document File.
When working with a commercial print company, PDF files have a perfect balance of both file size and quality. Word files can change from computer to computer without you realising, which means what you see on your screen won’t necessarily be the same as we see on our screen.
Word files can also do something known as ‘flow’. This means that the bottom line of text from one page can move to the top line of the next page. This leaves your original document looking out of sync to your printed product.
Fonts can also change in Word documents when viewed on different computers, which again means that what gets printed will not match what you see on your screen. Another thing to be aware of is that images and photos can disappear, and Word will not tell us when things are missing so issues like this aren’t flagged with the printing company.