Artwork Guidelines

We have prepared the following guide to assist you with your electronic file preparation and submission. If you have a specific problem that is not covered in this guide, or have other questions, please feel free to contact our Graphics Dept at  [email protected]

Improperly prepared files can cause delays in manufacturing, please use the following information to avoid such delays.

Quick Checklist - when uploading a complete print ready file:

Please ensure the following:

All fonts are included.

►Type is legible and crisp.

►Page layout is correct.

►Margins are set.

►Artwork matches the specified dimensions.

►All linked files, images, are embedded.

►Fonts are changed to outlines or curves when generated by programs which allow this.

►Colours are in CMYK mode.

 


Bleeds

When uploading a complete print ready file:

Please ensure the following:

A 5mm border must be added to pictures and designs bleeding to the edge (if it is a business card 2 mm is acceptable), so that there is no white space or border showing around the artwork when the design requires a bleed edge. It is also important to keep text at least 6mm away from the paper edge or the trim line to prevent accidental trimming.



Colour Specifications
when uploading a complete print ready file:

Please ensure the following:

Print previews are not a safe and sure measuring tool for colour accuracy. Colours on the file might be effected by monitor calibration, screen resolution and lighting, just to name a few. Many Pantone colours show a marked colour shift when converted to four colour process.

For one, two or three colour jobs printed in Pantone spot colour, make sure your colours are specified as spot colour and they separate correctly. You can test this by printing separations on your laser printer using a postscript print driver.
 
To achieve the desired colour on press, your digital files must reflect accurate colour models and percentage. Not all RGB colours can be printed using CMYK inks. Please make sure all colours are in CMYK mode for colour accuracy and a better quality output.
 
 

Image Resolutions

All images and pictures should be 300 dpi at the size printed.

►Rasterized text or logos should be 1200 dpi.

►Screen values should be 150 lpi.

 

Guidelines by Application / software

when uploading a complete print ready file:

Please ensure the following:


The following outlines the specific file requirements by application. If you have any questions, please contact our graphics department.

Adobe Photoshop

                    ►Files should be a minimium 300 dpi at 100% of actual size for quality offset reproduction.

►Files should be saved in PDF format (embed all fonts and set the screen value to 150 lpi.)
 
 

Digital Proofs

We provide PDF files as electronic soft proofs. These digital proofs intend to show you the layout and design elements of your job, but cannot be a guarantee of colour accuracy.