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Are you Print Ready?

03/04/2020

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GUIDELINES

Pre Press - Guidelines

BLEED

When an image or frame is located at the edge of a page, you will need to use bleed.

A bleed is when the image or frame is printed beyond the edges of the page (3mm minimum), to prevent any imperfections caused by folding or cutting.

Without bleed, there's a good chance that a white border will appear between the image and the edge of the page.


COLOUR MODE

All artwork should be created in CMYK colour mode. Artworks sent to us in RGB mode will be converted to CMYK by our pre-press system, and will nearly always render unsatisfactory results.


NOTES

Pre Press - Notes

OVERPRINT

Please beware of setting any text or objects to overprint. As we do not proof-check artworks before printing, overprinted objects can cause serious issues and may only be noticed by you when you receive the finished item.


RICH BLACK

Please beware of setting any text or objects to overprint. As we do not proof-check artworks before printing, overprinted objects can cause serious issues and may only be noticed by you when you receive the finished item.


OUTLINING TEXT

While artwork saved as PDF will often not cause any font issues, we request you outline any text before sending your file to us. This is usually necessary when using fonts with restrictive embedding licenses or if your design software does not natively export to PDF.


SAVING & EXPORTING YOUR ARTWORK

Saving and Exporting Your Artwork

FILE FORMATS

We strongly advise that you supply artwork in PDF format, though we also accept EPS, AI, TIFF and JPG/JPEG.


BLEED & CROP MARKS

When exporting your print-ready file, make sure you include your previously added bleed as well as crop marks. This will ensure the cut position of your design is correct.


USING CANVA?

Using Canva?

Some customers choose to use the online design site, Canva, for creating print-ready files. When doing so, it's essential to make sure your files are set up correctly for the best print outcome.

Before you begin designing, we recommend that you turn on the print bleed setting. This function will allow you to view items going off of the page.

How to Set up Your Print Document

  • Click on "File" in the top left corner of your screen.
  • Then check "Show print bleed". Bleed lines are essential for all photos and colours that extend to the edge of the page.
  • Due to the risk of a shift when cutting, make sure you extend the images outside of the bleed line to guarantee your document does not have a white stripe along the side of your page.

When you are happy with your design, it's time to download the print files.

How to Download Your Print Document:

  • Start by clicking the download button in the top right.
  • Under "File Type", make sure "PDF Print" is selected. (Not PDF Standard).
  • Make sure "Crop marks and bleed" are checked. While we do not require crop marks on our files, it is important that your file contains bleed. This setting will give you more bleed than needed, but it's better to have more than not enough.
  • Download your files in a single-page PDF format.
  • Click "Download" to receive your files.

Please note, Canva generates the artwork using the RGB colourspace, whilst we will print your file in CMYK. Our pre-press system will automatically convert the files to CMYK for you. But please note: some RGB colours do not convert precisely to CMYK, so there may be a shift in tone.


PRE-PRESS GUIDES

Pre-Press Guide

Please find below links to view/download our artwork guides for detailed information on setting up your artwork for print. If you need any help, please get in touch.


Pre-Press Guide

ECC icc Colour Profiles

GWG PDF Presets


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Please Note: Your Artwork must be received and approved for print by 2pm to guarantee the turnaround time chosen.

For Same-Day services, your Artwork must be received and approved for print by 10am to guarantee Same-Day service.

ARTWORK REQUIREMENTS

Please set up your artwork to the following specifications:

Bleed: 3mm
Safe Zone: 3mm
Format: PDF or JPG
Colour: CMYK (RGB/Pantones will be converted during proofing)
Fonts: Outlined or Embedded
Resolution: 300 dpi minimum

ARTWORK GUIDES

Please use the following guides to help set your artwork up for print:

General Tips

Pre-Press Guide

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