This guide outlines issues you'll need to consider when supplying artwork, to avoid delays and make sure you get the best results.
Regardless of what software is used to create your artwork, your final artwork file should be exported to a print-ready file format at an appropriate size, in the correct colour mode and with sufficient bleed around the edge.
Bleeds and crop marks
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. To supply artwork for this product, your file would need to be 154 x 111 mm. Any background colours or designs need to extend right to the edge.
Keep any text a minimum of 5mm from the edge of the finished size.
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.
The maximum file size that can be uploaded via our website is 100MB. This should be more than enough capacity to accommodate artwork at the required resolution for most of our products, provided an appropriate file format is used.
If for any reason you find you're unable to upload your file, you can call our Design Team on 01227 915 701 who'll be able to diagnose the issue or organise an alternative way for you to supply your file.
It's also important that your file is not too small. An image that appears fine on screen may lose quality when printed full size.
Please supply artwork at 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).
Include all embedded images and convert all text to curves. Save as an EPS file.
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).
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.
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.