To complete your project to a Photoshop-friendly format, click on the Finalize tab, then click on Export to PSD.
We suggest this option only in the following circumstances:
- your printing company has requested psd files.
- your images require color correction - either done in your own studio or provided by a professional color correction service.
- you have used unretouched images in your project, and need to fine-tune edit them in place on your layouts.
Note: most printing services accept multi-page pdf files diretly or jpg files dropped into a file uploader service. If no retouching or color correction is required, use the JPG/PDF option. PSD files are quite large, harder to transfer and take quite some time to render.
A warning message may appear, prompting you to review potential problems in your project.
If you have already reviewed these items, then proceed to render.
If you have not already created an account and subscribed, you will be invited to do so at this point. If you have an account, then use the login at the bottom of the Account Registration window.
For your security, you will need to login once per session. Your credentials are not stored on your computer between sessions.
The Finalize window displays your render options.
First, give your project a name. It will display your Memento project name by default, but you can create a custom file name. Learn more about export file names, including options to use index tags.
WARNING: Avoid using non-alphanumeric characters in your file name to ensure it will be compatible with your system and your printer's uploader system. Do not use punctuation or special characters such as $%^& in your file name.
Under Render options, choose where your pages will be trimmed.
- Render Canvas only will trim your project exactly on its dimensions. No bleed inflate will be added. Use this if your design will be printed on an untrimmed sheet.
- Choose Canvas + Bleed to trim at the Bleed edge. Bleed is added as per your printing service's recommendations, to slightly inflate the page so as to avoid cutting off a part of your design when the page is trimmed.
- Choose Canvas + Bleed + Crop Marks to trim at the Bleed edge and include cropmarks. Use this option if required by your printing service.
Spreads is greyed out as composites are built on single sheets.
Format options will be disabled - PSD files render as layered (every item is on a separate layer) and as one file per page.
Last, choose your dpi and quality. Your printing service provider will provide guidelines on this value.
Generally, 300 dpi is the standard for a quality print resolution. Any larger amount only unnecessarily bloats your file size, making it harder to upload to your printing company.
Upon completing your render preferences, click RENDER to produce the files. Rendering can take some time as Memento Composite is gathering all the information from your original source images to create a high quality output.
You will be prompted to open the files, view the folder where the files are located (by default, they are in folders found in Documents\Memento\Projects) and/or close the Finalization window. You can review the completed output, re-render if required, and/or launch it into Photoshop for retouching.