If your Artwork already exists in a digital (computer) format, we always recommend that you supply the Artwork in Adobe PDF format. This format has quickly become the Industry Standard for printing artwork. Provided that your PDF files are prepared correctly (see below and right) they offer the best and safest solution to efficient Litho or Digital Printing.
IMPORTANT:Please either email, or ftp-upload your single files to us (see separate pageEmailing Large Files). Or, when you order directly on-line from our product pages here, you will be automatically re-directed to our Upload page after placing your order. (The benefit of ordering directly on-line here is that many of our products have discounted prices exclusive to this website). We can accept files brought into the store on CD, or USB-Memory Sticks, Portable Drives, however ALL disks will be virus-scanned BEFORE opening or checking your files. If your USB Device is larger than 80 Megabytes this virus-scan may take 15 minutes or longer and, therefore, may incur an additional cost!!
PREPARING YOUR PDF FILES – (Select Compatibility to Acrobat 6.0 or earlier !!!)
When creating your PDF file from the actual host programme the artwork was produced in, it is important to ensure youEMBEDall Fonts AND Images, or pictures, within your document. You should also de-select any “Downsizing” or “Compression” of your Images, (in other words DO NOT select Zip or Jpeg Compression etc). You should also have converted any Graphics or Pictures in your artwork to CMYK format before inserting them into your artwork document (see our Colour Issues Pagefor more information).
Always set CROP MARKSto print when preparing your PDF file, as without these it may make it IMPOSSIBLE to trim your artwork to the correct size after printing. Any background Colour or Images that go right to the edge of your design MUST be extended a further 3mm outside the trim area. This is because guillotining must have a “bleed” area, as it is IMPOSSIBLE to cut a large number of sheets on a line or white edge. For the same reason, ensure that ALL text is 5mm away from the edge of your artwork. (See the illustration on the right which we use for our URGENT 24-Hour Business Card Templates,howeverplease note the principle of BLEED and SAFE MARGINS is the SAME for ALL SIZES of printed documents whether they are Business Cards, Flyers, Brochures, Card Flyers, Letterheadings etc. etc.).
However, DON’T PANICif you are not able to supply PDF’s we can accept files in a wide range of formats: (Please note: There is a Minimum Charge of £25 for converting files to correct set-up for printing !!!)
*Why NOT Photoshop FILES?Avoid supplying native Photoshop (PSD) format files ! This is due to possible conflicts that can arise with Photoshop Plug-Ins and the different treatments that can occur when flattening multi-layered PSD files on a different platform, or operating system, than that on which they were created. ALWAYS merge your layers and CONVERT your PSD files to CMYK Tiff or PDF files BEFORE supplying them to us for printing. We may be able to successfully convert your PSD files, but this will incur additional conversion charges and may delete special effects you have created, or in some cases, may even reduce the output resolution of your image. !!!
Design Tip !!!Avoid using vignettes or tinted gradient effects in your artwork – these may look good on screen but rarely print effectively. Check ourColour IssuesPage for further detailed information.!
FREE ARTWORK TEMPLATES !!!Free Artwork Templates are available for more guidance / help on correct digital artwork set-up (please click for additional information).
Blue Zone shows TYPE area 5mm from each edge of finished Card Size.
Pink Zone shows Bleed area if Background colour or image fills the full width or depth of finished Card Size.
Correct: Crop Marks, Background Extended by 3mm outside Finished Size, Text 5mm inside Finished Size, No Keyline Box.
85mm Trim Size
My Very Own Business
My name here
Tel: 07833 333 333
123 Address Road, Address Town, This will be cut off
NOT Correct !!! No Crop Marks, Background Stops at the outside of the Finished Size, Text is too close to the edge of the Finished Size, There is a Keyline Box around the edge!!
ARTWORK CHECK LIST
The above Illustration Set is drawn to a Standard Business Card size . . . However . . . the principle remains the same for all Sizes of Artwork Printing.
(See our Templates Page for more sizing, bleed and safe-area margins information).
NB: We strongly recommend you take a few minutes to TICK through the checklist below. This will help reduce the possibility of errors printing your artwork, help avoid delays and additional file conversion costs.