Whilst most of our clients prefer to rely on us for the design needs, some have already got their artwork ready, and that's fine with us. In order for us to print your artwork to our usual high standards however, you must supply the artwork to the following guidelines :
Paper sizes (Finished and with bleed)
Bleed is a printers term for colour that is printed beyond the finished size of a page. Due to the cutting process not always being 100% accurate, illustrations that spread to the edge of the paper can leave unsightly white slivers of unprinted paper along the edge of the page. This can be avoided by ensuring that the background of your artwork flows beyond the finished size required. If the background is white, then bleed is obviously irrelevant, it would however be good practice to always supply finished artwork with bleed in place. We require that, where needed, a bleed of 2.5mm be used.
Additionally, it would be a good idea not to place any text or important imagery too close to the finished edge.
Where ever possible, files should be supplied as flattened CMYK artwork at a minimum resolution of 300dpi in either JPEG or TIFF format.
Vector files (Illustrator, Freehand etc.) are prone to numerous software bugs and if possible should be avoided as a format for finished artwork. If there is no option but to send vector files, please ensure that all fonts are converted into outlines. Be aware that when conversion or software errors occur, there may be a charge for putting the files right.
Please avoid sending Microsoft Word documents for print as this is not a print ready application and extra charges will be incurred due to reworking of suitable artwork.
All artwork should be supplied at a minimum of 300dpi and saved as CMYK image mode.
Any files supplied in a lower resolution or different colour format will not print correctly.