Guidelines

Artwork

Following these simple guidelines should help make sure that there are no delays with your printing. If anything is unclear or you just need a little more help please call us on 028 9045 9864.

Bleed

For those unfamiliar with the term, “bleed” refers to an area of printed image that goes beyond the edge of the trimmed paper or board. If you would like an image or graphic to run right up to the edge of a page, then it should “bleed” over the trim line by at least 3mm. This allows some tolerance for trimming and ensures your image or graphic meets the edge precisely.

Supplying artwork

Artwork must be supplied in a high resolution, print–ready format. We accept: 

PDF Files

This is the ideal format. When saved correctly, PDF files embed all necessary element such as imported images and fonts. 

We recommend you choose the High Quality Print preset. If you choose a different one, please ensure that fonts are embedded and that images are set to 300 pixels per inch.

Supplying your artwork in PDF format ensures the fastest possible turnaround time.

QuarkXpress 

Ideally, we recommend that you generate a PDF file from your QuarkXpress artwork. Choose the High Quality Print (or equivalent) preset. 

However, if you aren’t able to or need to send us your original artwork files: 

Use “Collect for Output” in the File menu to collect all associated files into one folder, such as imported images or graphics and the fonts used. 

Compress the folder using Stuffit, WinZip or the “Compress” command in the File menu if you are using a Mac. 

Please include a PDF for us to check against.

Please note: We will generate our own PDF proof, from your file, for you the check. 

Adobe Indesign 

Ideally, we recommend that you generate a PDF file from your Indesign artwork using “Adobe PDF Presets” in the File menu. Choose the High Quality Print preset. 

However, if you aren’t able to or need to send us your original artwork files: 

Use “Package” in the File menu to collect all associated files into one folder, such as imported images or graphics and the fonts used. 

Compress the folder using Stuffit, WinZip or the “Compress” command in the File menu if you are using a Mac. 

Please include a PDF for us to check against.

Please note: We will generate our own PDF proof, from your file, for you the check. 

Adobe Illustrator 

We recommend that you save your Illustrator artwork as a PDF file, selecting the High Quality Print preset. 

However, if you aren’t able to or need to send us your original artwork files: 

Bring all associated files together in one folder, including all imported images. 

Convert all text to outline (ensuring you save you original file in case you need to edit it later). 

Compress the folder using Stuffit, WinZip or the “Compress” command in the File menu if you are using a Mac. 

Please note: We will generate our own PDF proof, from your file, for you the check. 

Adobe Photoshop 

Ensure that your Photoshop file is set to actual size, at 300 pixels per inch and that the Colour Mode is CMYK. 

We recommend that your save your file as a Photoshop PDF, selecting the High Quality Print preset. 

However, if you aren’t able to or need to send us your original artwork files: 

Please save your file as a TIF or PSD file, with all type Rasterized (see Layers menu). 

Please note: We will generate our own PDF proof, from your file, for you the check. 

Microsoft Documents 

You can generate PDF artwork from your Word, Publisher and Powerpoint files using this free and easy–to–use web service.

 

 


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