To be certain your artwork is "print ready" use the check list below to ensure it meets the following requirements.
FILE FORMAT - We accept artwork as "print ready" only if it is in AI, PDF or JPEG format. AI or PDF is the preferred format as it will keep your text nice and crisp - if you use JPEG then use the highest quality you can and make sure your artwork is at least 350dpi (ideally 600dpi).
There are many manipulation tools that allow you to save or print your artwork to PDF format.
RESOLUTION - To ensure your files print clearly all artwork including images must be supplied at a resolution of at least 300dpi. Anything lower than this may result in blurry, bitmapped or pixelated print.
Note: images used from the web are 72dpi and although they look fine on screen they are not suitable for full colour printing.
COLOURS - CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black) is an industry-standard formula designed to give the most precise colour reproductions. Artwork received using Pantone, Spot or RGB (commonly Web colours) is also acceptable.
FONTS - Due to the vast number of different fonts, all fonts used must be embedded or outilined before sending us the final artwork. Failure to do this could result in an alternative style being used automatically.
BLEED - Bleed is used when any part of an image, background, colour or line is to print the very edges of the finished product. For example if you wanted the background of a business card to be red, the colour must bleed past all edges. If not due to minor variations in printing and trimming, white lines could be seen on some or all of the edges.
The bleed requirements are 3mm all round.
TEXT - All text must be a safe distance from the edge, a minimum of 4mm is recommended.
ARTWORK SIZE - Please refer to the sizes specified by the individual product specifications. Please remember to add 6mm to the finished artwork size to allow for 3mm bleed on all edges.
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