Preparing Your Artwork
Trimming - Please provide crop marks around all your supplied artwork.
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 down sampled 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).
Colour profile needs to be set to FOGRA39
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 TIFF or JPEG.
Other files not listed above must be saved either as a EPS or JPEG.
Please note: 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. Compress the document using Stuffit or WinZip before uploading or sending your order via e-mail.
Please include a PDF. This is for our reference to make sure that nothing is missing or moved on the artwork supplied. Please note that this will be proofed first and could cause a longer delivery time.
Please ensure that you do not supply your files imposed or as "printers pairs". Please only send one version.
It is essential that there is a minimum 3mm bleed around your artwork. This is for cutting purposes. For example: A6 size would be 111mm x 154.50mm. Save your artwork as any of the above formats. Please note that there is a 2mm tolerance for cutting on all jobs.
Please ensure that the colour is set to CMYK not RGB.
Currently our online service does not support the following formats for printing:
Below is a link to a website that can convert any of the above files into a useable PDF, it is easy-to-use and will do it for you right there online. IT'S FREE!
Please note that it is important when supplying a PDF from a Microsoft document, care is taken to ensure any spot colours are created correctly in your original document.
Please supply a screen shot of your Microsoft document before conversion this can be done by the following:
- PC operators – There is a "PRINT SCREEN" button on the keyboard
- Mac operators – Press the "Apple" and "Shift 4" keys, then highlight the area you wish to copy. This saves a PNG copy to your desktop
Proofing your artwork is easy and hassle-free with our free online proofing tool. You will be taken to the proofing tool automatically when uploading your artwork on selected products, however you can choose to continue your purchase without proofing.
Remember a proof is submitted to you to ensure the accuracy of your printed products. You, the customer, are responsible for ensuring the complete accuracy of your proof. After agreeing to the Proof Approval declaration found on the online proofing tool or sent via email, you are responsible for any errors or omissions not indicated at this time. More information on proofing can be found in our Terms of Service.
Following these guidelines ensures that there will be no delays with your printing. If you have any problem, please don't hesitate to call our support team on 0161 872 8921 who will be more than willing to help.