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As many of you know, commercial printing has its own set of rules when it comes to setting up and working with electronic files. How you set up your files in the beginning makes all the difference to how your project will flow through the pre-press process.


Please follow the instructions below and help us to make your job run smoothly:

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All details, including delivery and printing instructions must be sent along with the attached files. If you have a designer sending files on your behalf, please forward them these instructions so that they can be supplied along with the finished artwork.


Please include a covering note or text file including your contact details, delivery and printing instructions. Please inform us that you are sending your work in the post, and the method, i.e. special delivery, registered post etc. We can then look out for it and confirm to you its safe delivery.


Wherever possible, files should be supplied as flattened, CMYK artwork at a minimum resolution of 300dpi in JPEG, TIFF or PDF format. Print ready PDF files should be high resolution, and should have all fonts embedded. Please avoid sending Microsoft Word documents for print as this is not a print ready application and extra charges will be incurred due to reworking unsuitable artwork.


RGB Images may suffer from colour shifts during CMYK conversion prior to printing. It is therefore suggested that all files are supplied in CMYK colour mode as not all RGB colours can be reproduced with the CMYK printing process. When using large areas of solid black, the colour breakdown should be: 100% black 50% cyan. Black areas without cyan can cause ink saturation problems and should be avoided. It is also worth steering clear of 4 colour blacks as they prevent the inks from being raised too high and can cause other areas of colour to appear washed out.


Bleed is a printer’s term for colour that is printed beyond the finished size of a page. Due to the cutting process not always being 100% accurate, artwork that spreads to the edge of the paper can sometimes leave unsightly white slivers of unprinted paper along the edge of the page. This can be avoided by ensuring that your artwork flows beyond the size required.

If the background is white, then bleed is obviously irrelevant; it would, however, be good practice to always supply finished artwork with bleed in place. We require that, where needed, a bleed of 2.5mm be used. Additionally, it would be a good idea not to place any text or important imagery too close to the finished edge.