We want your files to print perfectly
Whether you are a budding designer or seasoned professional we want your files to print like you meant them to. It can be a bit complicated setting up a file for print, especially if you have not done it before, there's a lot you need to know. Read through our guide before you start and your file should print like a dream.
File formats accepted
Print ready PDF - centred with 3mm bleed and fonts embedded
Quark Xpress – supply fonts and images
Illustrator – fonts converted to outlines
Freehand – fonts converted to paths
Photoshop – layers flattened, at least 300 dpi, JPEG or Tiff
Indesign - fonts converted to outlines and include all relevant links
Other formats accepted
If you would like to submit artwork created using a program not listed above we should be able to accommodate you, but please call a member of the studio team
on 08700 555 247 first to discuss
Supplying native files
When supplying native files e.g. Quark Xpress, please ensure all elements, document, images and fonts are in one folder and then compress the folder using Stuffit or similar (.sit or zip) before uploading.
Supplying PDF files
We prefer all artwork to be supplied as high-resolution PDF files. PDF's are the industry standard file format for transmitting files for printing, it is however important that you prepare your PDF file in the correct way.
Creating print ready PDF files
When creating a PDF in Acrobat Distiller, there are job options which must be set for commercial printing. These include default resolution, compression settings and font embedding. Firstly ensure that you choose high resolution. Compression settings for colour and greyscale should be downsampled to 300dpi with "auto compression" set on high. Bitmapped (monochrome: i.e line art) images should be set at 600dpi. Font embedding should be set to "embed all fonts."
For further information regarding PDF's visit Adobe or for more advice on creating PDF's visit the pass4press website.
It is essential that there is 3mm bleed all round the PDF, for example save the PDF with 6mm added to each measurement (i.e. A4 usually 297mm x 210mm, save as 303mm x 216mm). It is ok to include crop marks. If your PDF is not saved in this format, we will not be able to use it as artwork and you may have to amend and re-supply your PDF.
CMYK not RGB please!
RGB images may look great on your screen but final output to print is always CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black). Please ensure that all embedded images are CMYK. It is also important to be aware that files converted from RGB to CMYK may alter the colour composition of the file.
Supplying Microsoft Office files
It is important when supplying a PDF created from an MS Publisher or Word document, that care is taken to ensure any spot colours are created correctly in your original documents. Again do not set to RGB colours.
Supplying EPS or Jpeg files
Other file formats not listed above must be saved either as an eps or jpeg. Please note that if you require changes to your file then you may have to amend and re-submit as we will be unable to make the changes for you. Once again please ensure that the file has bleed and crop marks. It is also a good idea to supply a hard copy for reference
Please ensure that you do not supply your files imposed or as "printers pairs", we have our own imposition software which will impose your files correctly for our printing processes.
Whilst we have an extensive font collection, please include all the fonts that you have used as there is no guarantee the version you have used matches ours. This can cause problems with line spacing or type to re-flow.
Need further assistance
Never be shy in coming forward to ask for help, we want your job to look great so if you need to ask that silly question remember somebody has asked it before, simply call a member of the studio team, they will only be too glad to help.
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Contact us on 08700 555 247 or 0844 335 0855
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