I would like to supply my own artwork for Printing – where do I start?
Follow the guidelines listed below to ensure you get the best possible results from our printing service.
What files can I provide?
We accept Print Ready PDF – with fonts embedded or converted to curves. For best results set up in 300dpi resolution.
Supplying PDF artwork
PDFs are rapidly becoming the standard file format for transmitting files for printing, but it is important you prepare your PDFs in the correct way.
- you choose the High Quality Print or Press Ready option when saving.
- fonts are either embedded or converted to outlines. If this is not done, our system could substitute your fonts for others.
Edge to edge printing
When setting up your artwork, you’ll need to make sure you set up a bleed:
- Each edge needs a 3mm bleed
- Please don’t include crop marks
Transparencies / layers & gradients
Please ensure all transparencies, layers and/or gradients are flattened (bitmapped) in the files you send us. If in doubt, convert your whole file into a bitmap (ie. JPEG) before then converting to a PDF.
Images / photos
Ensure all images used in your file are at least 300dpi (dots per inch). Using low resolution images (ie. 72dpi images you may find on a website) will result in a jaggy, pixelated or blurred look. Even though these images can look fine on screen, they will look terrible when printed on a larger scale.
CMYK, not RGB or Pantone
We only use a 4 colour process, CMYK – Cyan, Magenta, Yellow & Black. Due to the nature of digital and offset printing, some colour variance may occur. Ensure that all document colours and embedded images are converted to CMYK. Although RGB may look good on your screen, final output print is always CMYK. Be aware that files converted from RGB may alter the colour composition significantly.
When providing artwork for a booklet of 12 or more pages, please ensure any text or important images are set at least 15mm away from the finished booklet edges. During production, margins are automatically reduced to compensate for page “creep” and finished booklets are guillotined to remove extruding page sections. Elements outside of the safe zone could be trimmed off.
Please ensure that you have appropriate approval/authority where necessary to use supplied images, as we are not liable for images that are supplied.