We want all our clients to be happy with the end product, no matter if it is a small or large order, we put all supplied artwork through our pre-press checks.
Below is a little guide to supplying good quality artwork if you are able to.
Supplying artwork for print
Don’t sweat the techy details. To get a job ready to print, just follow these simple steps and you’re good to go.
PDF set-up checklist
The hands-down preferred format for supplied artwork is PDF. To make sure you supply your PDF properly, all you need to do is make a few little changes to the file/s.
• Select High Resolution (300dpi)
• In Font Embedding, set to Embed all fonts
• Set as CMYK, not RGB (RGB artwork will be converted to CMYK which could affect colour
How to send us your designs
We make it easy for you to get your files to us. Upload it via the website using the upload form below, send it by email or pop in a USB stick to us.
‘Bleed’ means extending the design slightly over the edge of the artwork so that when it’s cut to size you don’t see a white border around the edge. Images and colours you want to print to the trimmed edge of the design should be extended 3-5mm beyond the edge (known as ‘outside bleed’). If there’s no outside bleed, you’ll end up with a white border. All text on a flyer or leaflet design should be a minimum of 5mm from the edge to give ‘inside bleed’.
Sending other types of file
InDesign (CS5 or below)
Make sure that all fonts and pictures used in your artwork are supplied to us in a separate folder. You can do this using the ‘Package’ function under the ‘File’ menu. Then compress the document into a ZIP file.
Quark Express (Version 9 or below)
Make sure that all fonts and pictures used in your artwork are supplied to us in a separate folder using the ‘Collect for output’ function under the ‘File’ menu. Then compress the document into a ZIP file.
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 file as either high resolution (300dpi) TIFF or JPEG.
• Ensure that the colour setting is set to CMYK not RGB.
If you’d like us to make any changes to your file (JPEG/EPS), you’ll need to re-supply new artwork as PSD, PDF or Ai files - it isn’t possible to make changes to flattened images (JPEG/ EPS/ TIFF).
These tips should make sure that you don’t come across any delays to your printing. If you’re not sure about your artwork or have a question for our team, just give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.
What we can’t work with
If you wish to supply artwork from any of the below software, please save the files as a PDF, to make sure text, images and drawings do not move around.
Once saved as a PDF please open the PDF and check it is correct before supplying it to us.
USING BLACK CORRECTLY - if using black as a fill colour in a CMYK design and you want to reproduce a strong dense black please make sure the black in your file is made up of 30% Cyan, 30% Magenta, 30% Yellow and 100% K (Black).
TEXT - Any text must be at least 3mm away from the edges of the trim size and if using black for small text please ensure it is made up of 100% K (black) only and set to Overprint. Please convert all text to outlines (aka paths, curves) where possible.
ARTWORK FOR BOOKLETS / BROCHURES - please supply as a PDF file with 3mm bleed and as single pages in reading order, or printers pairs, feel free to call for advice.
If you can't do any of the above, we are here to help you, so just contact us and we can have a chat about what you can do and how we can help, we have a full time in-house designer that can put artwork together with you.