Supplying Artwork

Following these simple points when supplying artwork will avoid any delays and ensure great quality print.

The Basics.

We request all our artwork to be supplied as high resolution (300dpi).

It is important that you prepare your files in the correct way.

These options must be set for commercial printing:

Resolution - Choose High Resolution.

Compression Settings - For colour and greyscale this should be downsampled to 300dpi with "auto compression" set on high.

 

If you can supply the fonts used within the artwork - do so.

 

Font Embedding - Should be set to "embed all fonts" or have the fonts outlined.

 

Colour needs to be set as CMYK not RGB (RGB artwork will be converted to CMYK and this could affect your colours when the job is on press.

What file types do I need to send?

The following file types will ensure the best quality achievable, they are the industry standard and are widely used.

if you have any questions on how to supply these file please don't hesitate to ask us.

PDF's

We request all our artwork to be supplied as high resolution (300dpi).

It is important that you prepare your PDF file in the correct way.

 

These options must be set for commercial printing:

  • Resolution - Choose High Resolution

  • Compression Settings - For colour and greyscale this should be downsampled to 300dpi with "auto compression" set on high

  • Font Embedding - Should be set to "embed all fonts"

Colour needs to be set as CMYK not RGB (RGB artwork will be converted to CMYK and this could affect your colours.

The colour profile needs to be set to FOGRA39.

Adobe Illustrator

Include all embedded images and convert all text to curves. Save as an EPS file.

Adobe Photoshop

Set Resolution to 300dpi when starting your new document. Save the file as either TIFF or JPEG.

Other files not listed above must be saved either as an EPS or JPEG.

If you need us to make changes to your file (JPEG / EPS), we will require you to re-supply new artwork as either a PSD, PDF or AI file as we are unable to make changes to flattened images (JPEG / EPS / TIFF).

Adobe InDesign

Please ensure all fonts and pictures used in your artwork are supplied to us in a separate folder using the "package" function under the "file" menu.

 

Use a compression tool such as Stuffit or WinZip before uploading your order or sending it via e-mail.

Or if you cannot do this use a file transfer site such as WeTransfer or Mail Big File.

Please include a PDF to allow us to check that no elements are been moved or omitted in the final artwork.

Please be aware, this additional proofing task can occasionally delay delivery.

Unfortunately, we’re unable to use the following formats for printing:

  • Word

  • Excel

  • Powerpoint

  • Publisher

  • Works

  • Quark Xpress

  • Corel Draw

 

As we do not work with these applications for design work and producing artwork, we recommend you avoid them in favour of dedicated Adobe design software.

However, if you’re unable to create your artwork in any other program, it is possible to convert your document from the proprietary file format into a print-ready PDF.

Below is a link to a free and easy-to-use website that can convert most image files into a useable PDF.

https://www.zamzar.com/

When you convert a Microsoft document into a PDF, it’s important to check that the colours still appear correct, that all text and design elements are present and that the image resolution is sufficient for print.

Artwork Bleed

It is essential that there is a minimum 3mm bleed around your artwork to account for very slight variances during the trimming process.

For example, an A6 size product is 148 x 105 mm.

In order to supply artwork for this product, your file would need to be 154 x 111 mm

Any background colours or designs would need to extend to the edge.

Various other items such as Flags, Fabric Banners, Wallpapers etc can require varying amounts of bleed please liaise with us directly for these items, and if you are unsure please ask us directly, we will be more than happy to help you.

Crop marks

Adding crop marks to your artwork is not necessary. If you have experience designing for print, by all means, add them as correctly placed crop marks can save time and help us align your design.

However, as long as the artwork is supplied at the correct dimensions with a 3mm bleed on all sides, we’ll be able to set it up for print without crop marks.

If you have any questions please ask!

Following these rules will regularly ensure that your artwork is truly 100% print-ready.

However, sometimes there may be external issues such as logos needing to be re-created, questions on image resolution's, etc. but communication is the key! We’re often able to fix small issues easily, but, sometimes others do take time and may incur a charge. That’s why we always recommend chatting to us along the way and sometimes a simple chat can solve a number of problems.

We are always here and on hand to assist you every step of the way.

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