File Formats

Please find below our file format guide which covers all areas of choosing the correct file type for print. Following these guidelines ensures that there will be no delays with printing. If you have any problem, don't hesitate to call our design team (01543 888146) who will be more than happy to help.

Adobe Photoshop

Make sure the resolution is set to 300dpi when first starting your new document.When you have completed your artwork save as either tiff or jpeg in CMYK colour mode.

Adobe Indesign

Convert all text to outlines. You can do this by selecting the text then going to Type - Create Outlines in the dropdown menu at the top. Please then go to File - Export and save as a PDF/x-1a:2001.

Adobe Illustrator

Embed all images and convert all text to outlines. You can do this by selecting the text then going to Type - Create Outlines in the dropdown menu at the top. Please then save as an EPS or PDF/x-1a:2001.

PDF - Recommended

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. There are options which must be set for commercial printing. Please save as PDF/x-1a:2001. Font Embedding (should be set to "embed all fonts").

jpeg & tiff

All jpeg & tiff files are to be supplied as high resolution(300dpi) and in CMYK colour mode.

Microsoft Documents

Microsoft documents including Word, Exel, Publisher, Powerpoint and Works are not suitable for printing due to the files being secretly formated by the microsoft sofware to each individuals setting. So the same document can look completley different from one computer to the next. Colours are also set to RGB again not compatible with printing. We do accept these file types but they may be subject to a conversion charge which starts from £15.00. Please send us your artwork to check this.

Artwork Settings

Please find below our artwork guide which covers all areas of preparing your artwork for print. Following these guidelines ensures that there will be no delays with printing. If you have any problem, don't hesitate to call our design team (01543 888146) who will be more than happy to help.

Size & Bleed

When sending files to print we require your artwork to include 5mm bleed on each edge of the document. Please ensure that any text or logos you do not want trimmed off are at least 5mm from the cut line. Take a look at our templates on the right for guidance.

Colour Mode

Please always supply your artwork files in CMYK mode. Colours supplied in RGB/Pantone mode are automatically converted by our output software but there may be a large colour difference on converting your RGB/Pantone colours to CMYK. You must give us clear warning at the time of ordering if the order is colour critical.

Colour Over-Inking

Please ensure that your total CMYK colour values of any colour (check black also) do not add up to more than 280% as this density of ink may cause over inking and mark the reverse of your job.

Fonts

All fonts used in your design file must be included with your artwork, or converted to curves/paths/outlines prior to submission. The minimum font size should be 5pt.

Lines

The minimum size for lines is 0.5pt.

Images

Please try to ensure all images in your design file are high-res, the standard for which is 300dpi (dots per inch). The lower the dpi the worse your image(s) will look when printed. Images must be converted be CMYK or there may be a large colour difference. It is your responsibility to ensure you have copyright to use an image. We cannot be held responsible for problems with image copyright.

Overprint

Make sure that your documents do not contain any overprinting objects. When an object is set to Overprint the object would appear transparent and this is how your artwork will be printed.

Template Downloads

Please find below PDF templates for all the most popular sizes. Click on the links below to download. If you need help with a custom size please contact us and we will do all we can to help.

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