Preparing press-ready artwork for commercial printing can be confusing, especially if this
your first time. Please use this checklist as a guide before uploading your artwork, as it may help you save valuable time and avoid any unnecessary printing delays.
Before submitting your artwork, please check that:
1. The preferred format is vector graphic files. Usually suppies in AI, PDF, CDR OR PSD formats.
2. Your artwork is the correct size. Artwork to be 1-up on a single page document.
For folded jobs artwork should be supplied at the flat size (for example an A3 folded to A4 should be supplied as 2x A3 pages and not as 4x A4 pages).
3. Bleed is set to exact 1mm to business card and 3mm to other products.
4. The document colour mode st to CMYK
5. All Rich Black are set to C = 40%, M = 0%, Y = 0%, K = 100%.
6. All fonts are outlined (converted to curves) or embedded.
7. All links are embedded.
8. All lines in your artwork are at least 0.3pt and all text should be at least 8pt using a non narrow style font.
9. All borders in your artwork are at least 5mm wide.
10. All images in your artwork are 300dpi when placed at 100%.
We support a variety of file formats for uploading designs.
Vector Graphic Files is preferred- vector-based images can be scaled by any amount without degrading quality. Usually supplied in EPS, PDF, AI or CDR formats. Other formats i also accepted as bellow:
Adobe Acrobat Document (*.pdf) (recommended)
Adobe Illustrator Artwork (*.ai) (recommended)
Adobe Photoshop Image (*.psd) (recommended)
Bitmap Image (*.bmp)
CorelDraw Image (*.cdr,*.clk)
GIF Image (*.gif)
JPEG Image (*.jpg,*.jpeg)
PICT Image (*.pic,*.pict,*.pct)
PNG Image (*.png)
PostScript File (*.ps)
Microsoft documents (Word, excel, publisher, powerpoint and works)
Please note that it is important when supplying a PDF from a Microsoft document; please ensure any spot colors are created correctly in your original document.
We require document page sizes to be as listed:
BC 90mm x 54mm
DL 99mm x 210mm
A6 103mm x 148mm
A5 148mm x 210mm
A4 210mm x 297mm
A3 297mm x 420mm
A2 420mm x 594mm
A1 594mm x 840mm
Trim Marks & Full Bleed & Safe Zone
The product will be cut on the trim mark (blue line), however the cut may shift up to 1/16 of an inch in any direction.
If you wish to have colored backgrounds or images continue to the edge of the product they must continue past the trim marks to the full bleed margin. If they do not continue to the full bleed margin you most likely will end up with white strips along the edge of the product due to cutting tolerance.
The text or other elements you want to guarantee not to be trimmed off must be placed within the safe zone. If they are placed directly next to the trim mark and the cutting is off but within tolerance, the text will be chopped off.
Please do not submit transparent files for we cannot process multi-layered files. Please submit flattened files under 50MBs per side.
Resolution refers to the number of dots per inch (dpi), or the amount of detail the image has. Most documents prepared for upload should be 300 dpi at 100% of the final print size. Higher resolution means a more detailed image and also larger file and longer uploads time.
CMYK vs. RGB
CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black) are the colors used in the printing process, while RGB (Red, Green and Blue) are the colors used by screen displays such as your monitor. Please note that JPEG files are almost always in RGB. Your document should be created in CMYK mode so that the colors that you see on the screen most closely match the final printed product. If you create your document in RGB, the colors in your printed product may vary slightly. Many of the bright values produced by your monitor cannot be reproduced in print.
Converting Fonts to Outlines
Text can be converted to curves (paths) in some graphic programs. This will fix upload errors that result when fonts are not embedded in your file. Following these easy steps will help ensure that your text prints clearly.
How to convert fonts to outlines in Adobe Illustrator
1. Select all text.
2. Click Type Menu> Type> Create Outlines
3. Text now has a blue outline.
4. Save a copy and re-upload.