ARTWORK SPECIFICATIONS

Bleed

Please ensure 3mm bleed is allowed where required.

Borders

Please do not use borders that are designed to create an even margin around the document. A trimming tolerance of +/- 1mm must be allowed for. e.g. If you design a border 2mm from the edge all around a document the end result may be 1mm on one side and 3mm on the opposite side creating an unbalanced look.

Colours

This is not offered as part of our standard service. The majority of orders are ganged together to achieve "economies of scale" and printed using industry standard density settings which may still produce a variation in colour, between print runs, due to atmospheric conditions and varying stock properties. Note * Document sizes of A4 and above may be compared to previously printed orders, produced by us, if the client specifically provides a sample prior to the press run. Note * Colour critical requirements for smaller items should be discussed with us prior to placing orders into our automated production queue as there are alternative solutions.

Document Size

Your document size must be the finished size plus bleed.

Images

Images should be CMYK at 300dpi for the intended final size of the image.

Ink Cover

Please be aware of the “Total Ink Cover” you intend using in your design. The heavier the cover the longer it will take to produce your job as this will affect trimming, folding and packing by potential scuffing. We recommend no more than 300% coverage out of a possible 400%. (i.e. CMYK @ 100% each). You may wish to consider a sealing coat if you have concerns. We do recommend this for matt stocks.

Multiple pages

Create multiple page documents as a single .pdf file. e.g. Double sided business cards: page 1 = front, page 2 = back

Number Up

Always supply artwork 1 up.

Rich Black

To ensure a nice rich black use the following values Black 100%, Cyan 50%, Magenta 10%, Yellow 10%. Text Please convert text to outlines, curves or paths where possible. Do not use rich black for text. Use 100% black only.

Trimming

To ensure a pleasing result we recommend not placing critical objects closer than 5mm from any trim line. Non critical images and colour may be placed to bleed beyond this and the trim line.

Watermarks

Watermarks or images used for similar purposes, should not be set at less than 8% total ink coverage.