The most critical step in producing top quality results is to plan your project thoroughly before committing your work to print. On this page we listed information you will find useful to avoid most of the potential pitfalls. May we suggest that you take the few minutes required to read this section as it will help you make the best use of our service.
Our preferred file format is Adobe Acrobat PDF (Portable Document Format), however although our workflow requires us to send work directly to our printers in PDF format we do carry a very wide range of DTP and presentation software both on PC and Mac platforms, and our operators are fully conversant in producing excellent results from them all.
Setting up your document
The maximum paper size for digital print (other than poster and exhibition stand printing) is SRA3 (450mm x 320mm). You should not, unless you have consulted us first, set your page size to be bigger than A3 (420mm x 297mm). When you are producing artwork please supply it to us ‘one up’ as opposed to ganging several up together. We will impose (plan up) your work to best suit our printers.
When you provide us with your artwork for brochures, reports or presentations please make sure you have included blank pages where they are needed. For example if you have produced an 8 page brochure of which the inside front and back have no content make sure you still include them in your document.
Let it Bleed!
Remember, if you are using a DTP as opposed to a presentation graphics package, that if an image or colour runs off the page in any direction, you must give us some ‘spill over’ to avoid having a possible unwanted white line when you print is guillotined. This 'bleed area' should be 3mm on all sides.
Bleed Area - Cut Edge of Sheet
All digital colour printers work on the process colour model (CMYK). Therefore it should be noted that colours specified as spot colours using the pantone colour system will be converted to CMYK and the colour may change slightly accordingly.
Images (size and file types)
To get the best out of digital print, bitmap files (TIF, JPG,BMP, GIF etc.) should ideally be 300dpi resolution at the size they are being used in your document. Smaller sized files can still work and produce acceptable results. Where possible we recommend bitmaps are saved as CMYK for best colour reproduction.
We do hold a large library of fonts for both PC and Mac. In order to process your work as efficiently as possible we do recommend that all fonts used be supplied along with your artwork. If you are supplying a PDF file make sure that the option to embed all fonts has been selected.
If you prefer not to use our FTP site to download your work to us, we can take your files on any of the following media:
We supply templates in Illustrator, InDesign & Photoshop format for standard products to help you create your documents to the correct size. Download templates from here. Download Templates.
Files should be supplied including bleeds if needed. Print will be returned as the finished sizes.
Please ensure all artwork is centered within the document page.