Artwork Guidelines Guidelines & Requirements when supplying us with your Artwork
Supplying Your Artwork
Please supply all pictures and fonts that are used within your artwork. These must be included in a separate folder using the “package” function found under the “file” menu. Artwork files will need to be compressed using either stuffit or winzip before uploading. So that we can ensure that your files are complete, please provide us with either a PDF or a screen grab of your completed artwork. This will be referenced to make sure that nothing has been moved or dropped from the original artwork.
Please supply all pictures and fonts that are used within your artwork. These must be included in a separate folder using the “collect for output” function which is located under the “file” menu. Artwork files will need to be compressed using either stuffit or winzip before uploading. So that we can ensure that your files are complete, please provide us with either a PDF or a screen grab of your completed artwork. This will be referenced to make sure that nothing has been moved or dropped from the original artwork.
PDF's need to be supplied as a high resolution file(300dpi).
To prevent any possible delays and to ensure your completed product is printed to the highest quality, please set up your PDF as follows:
- Resolution (Choose High Resolution)
- Colour to be set to CMYK and not RGB (RGB files will be converted to CMYK which will effect your artwork colour)
- Font Embedding (Set to "embed all fonts")
- Compression Settings (colour and greyscale to be down sampled to 300dpi ( "auto compression" set to high.)
When starting a new document set the resolution to 300dpi and Save the file as either jpg, tiff or pdf.
Convert all of the text to curves and include all of the embedded images. Save the file as an eps.
Any file type not listed should be provided as either an eps of jpeg file.
The following packages must be converted to a pdf first:
Please make sure that you do not provide your files imposed or as "printers pairs". Please send only one version.
It is essential that your artwork has a 3mm bleed area around the edge, this will enable us to trim your finished product to the correct size.
If you know all about creating artwork and are comfortable adding 3mm bleed and crop marks then great. If all this sounds like Double Dutch then don't worry.
All we ask is that you leave a 5mm 'quiet' area around the edge of your artwork. Although we use state-of-the-art equipment, some movement is inherent within all printing processes. If important elements of your design are placed too close to the edge of the paper, not only will it look unprofessional, but there's a chance they may get trimmed off. So we ask that you avoid placing text or any other vital elements of your design within 5mm of the edge of the paper. That doesn't mean you can't extend a background image or colour into this area. That's fine of course. But please don't put your contact details along the very edge of the sheet. We'd hate your phone number to end up on our cutting room floor.
If you are still not sure try our templates, or call us.
The website link below can convert any of the above mentioned files into a pdf for free:
Please remember to provide a screen grab of your Microsoft document prior to converting the file. This can be achieved by doing one of the following:
- PC operators – Press the “Print Screen” button located on your keyboard.
- Mac operators – Use the keyboard shortcut "apple, shift, 4" and highlight the area that you wish to copy, this will save a png file to your desktop.