Everything you need to know about supplying artwork files correctly. If you require a template click here
File Formats Accepted
Print ready PDF – with fonts embedded, for best results high resolution 300dpi
Photoshop – layers flattened, at least 300 dpi
If you wish to submit artwork created using a program not listed above we will try to accomodate you but please contact us.
Supplying PDF Artwork
We prefer all artwork to be supplied as high-resolution PDF format.
PDF’s are rapidly becoming the standard file format for transmitting files for printing, but it is important to prepare your PDF file in the correct way.
Correct Preparation of PDF Files
When creating a PDF in Acrobat Distiller, there are job options which must be set for commercial printing. These include default resolution, compression settings and font embedding.
Please ensure you choose high resolution. Compression settings for colour and greyscale should be downsampled to 300dpi with “auto compression” set on high. Bitmapped (monochrome: i.e. line art) images should be set at 600dpi. Font embedding should be set to “embed all fonts.”
One of the most important elements in artwork for printing! Please ensure there is 2mm bleed all round the PDF, i.e. save the PDF with 2mm added to each measurement (i.e. for A4 usually 210mm x 297mm, save as 214mm x 301mm). Crop marks do not need to be included. If your artwork is supplied without bleed we may not always be able to add it on for you and you may have to amend and re-supply the artwork.
We advise that you allow a minimum of 5mm margin for text from the edge of the document to allow for trimming. If Creasing or folding is required please mark in the bleed area of your artwork.
CMYK not RGB Please!
Please ensure that all embedded images are CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black) files. RGB images may look good on your screen but final output to print is always in CMYK. One should be aware that files converted from RGB to CMYK may alter the colour composition significantly!
Artwork Amendments or Re-submission
Our prices include “pre-flight checking” your artwork and submitting a PDF proof for your approval. We will correct any easy to rectify issues that we spot as part of this process – free of charge.
More extensive amending or correcting is charged dependent upon the amount of time required to rectify there will be a charge.
Sending Artwork by Email
Please address it to firstname.lastname@example.org with any relevant information regarding the job. Maximum file size preferred by email is 20mb. Files larger than this should be sent on disk or by using one of the many file sharing sites that are now readily available and allow you to send large files normally free of charge.
You can also FTP upload artwork directly to our server as part of the online ordering process.
If you need any help with sending your artwork please contact us on 01259 762917