Here’s a few handy tips and some
important information if you are planning
to supply your own artwork.
Crop Marks & Bleeds
It is essential that there is a minimum 3mm bleed around your artwork. This is to ensure there are no white edges after cutting.
A3 297mm x 420mm (303mm x 426mm incl. bleed)
A4 210mm x 297mm (216mm x 303mm incl. bleed)
A5 148mm x 210mm (154mm x 216mm incl. bleed)
A6 104.5mm x 154mm (110.5mm x 160mm incl. bleed)
Business Cards 85mm x 55mm (91mm x 61mm incl. bleed)
In addition please provide crop marks on your supplied artwork for accurate cutting purposes. This is done by a ticking a ‘crop mark’ setting when you save your pdf.
We request all our artwork to be supplied as high resolution (300dpi). It is important that you prepare your PDF file in the correct way.
These options must be set :
- Resolution – Choose High Resolution
- Compression Settings – For colour and greyscale this should be down sampled to 300dpi with “auto compression” set on high
- Font Embedding – Should be set to “embed all fonts”
Colour needs to be set as CMYK not RGB (RGB artwork will be converted to CMYK and this could affect your colours).
Colour profile needs to be set to FOGRA39
Adobe Illustrator is more often used to create vector based logos and graphics, however is often also used by graphic designers and illustrators to create artwork for printing.
Include all embedded images and convert all text to curves. Save as an EPS file.
Adobe Photoshop is mostly designed to manipulate images. It can be used to create documents for print, however we do not recommend this as the best option.
Set Resolution to 300dpi when starting your new document. Save file as either TIFF or JPEG.
Other files not listed above must be saved either as a EPS or JPEG.
Please note: If you need us to make changes to your file (JPEG / EPS), we will require you to re-supply new artwork as either a PSD, PDF or AI file as we are unable to make changes to flattened images (JPEG / EPS / TIFF).
Adobe InDesign is mainly used by professional graphic designers to design material for print from scratch. It is the most comprehensive application, but requires design knowledge.
Please ensure all fonts and pictures used in your artwork are supplied to us in a separate folder using the “package” function under the “file” menu. Compress the document using Stuffit or WinZip before uploading or sending your order via e-mail.
Please include a PDF. This is for our reference to make sure that nothing is missing or moved on the artwork supplied. Please note that this will be proofed first and could cause a longer delivery time.