Supplying your artwork 

Now you're ready to place your order the first thing to do is make sure you supply the right artwork. You can design your artwork in any software you like, as long as you can print from it, you can create a Pdf. We have available on each product page templates in a range of familiar softwares. These can also be found in the template section with further information. Below are some notes on Pdf's and how to create them, but if you find this all very confusing just send us what you do have and we will help you through the process. When exporting your artwork from our template to a pdf, please make sure you select a larger page size than is required and 'add crop marks' so that the image that is outside the print area (bleed) is on the final pdf artwork. When you view the pdf the bleed area should show past the crop marks. This will then get cut off when we finish your job, this will mean that you will not see any unwanted white areas around the edges!

Pdf's (Portable Document Format) are a type of file that most printers accept. You can create Pdf's from any computer by simply downloading a free Pdf creator:

CutePDF writer

PrimoPDF writer

If you are supplying a Photoshop / Tiff / Jpeg for printing you do not have to convert them to Pdf.

Once you have supplied your artwork, one of our team will then check it over and advise you of any problems before your artwork goes to print. If you require a screen proof or a posted hard copy proof, please select that from the drop down options menu when ordering. Make sure the size you require the final print at is clearly stated! 

Please visit the Template page for further advice and our free downloads.


Getting it right

image.jpgTo get the very best results from your files here are some recommendations that will help.


Colour Images should be at least 300dpi (Dots Per Inch). All line art images to be 1200dpi and Greyscale to be at least 300dpi. Low resolution images, such as pictures copied from the internet are usually not good enough for printing. Avoid using multitone images, instead convert them to CMYK.


Embed all fonts within the Pdf document by checking the embed fonts check box when producing your job. Otherwise if you are supplying the native file to us (i.e. Quark™, inDesign™, Word™ and Publisher™ etc.) please also supply the fonts that you have used.


Please be careful with your choice of colour. Printers work in CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black) and not in RGB. Most designers will be aware of this and select colour accordingly. However if your working in a Microsoft application like Word, you may not be aware of this. In simple terms, if you choose a very bright blue, green or orange for example, it will print much duller than it appears on your screen.

Maintaining Legible Type And Strokes

One typical mistake in design is the use of type or strokes / hairlines that do not print well and thus wind up being illegible. To avoid this mistake, shy away from type sizes smaller than 6 pts and lines (rules) thinner than 0.4pt.

Type smaller than 6 pts becomes difficult to read anyway, and finer details may be difficult to hold on the press without breaking up or filling in. Typical body copy should run between 9 and 12 pts in size for maximum readability.

Be careful when using "reversed out" copy (ie: text that is a light colour running across a darker area). Because the darker area tends to bleed into the lighter text area on the press, it is recommended that you use at least 6 pt type, and sans serif fonts, in these instances.


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