Post-Print Markings and Preparations
Post-Print Markings and Preparations If your job needs to be trimmed to size after printing please supply the file with trim marks If you have created your document with colour that prints right to the edge of the sheet, you must supply your file with 5mm bleed and trim marks. If you are unsure about this process, please call us before creating your document. There are a few traps that you need to be aware of. This is a vitally important step. If you need assistance in any of these steps listed above please call us and we will be more than happy to guide you through the processes.
Outline Your Fonts
Outline Your FontsIt is impossible to have all the fonts that are available. Therefore it is recommended that you outline your fonts before saving as a PDF. It is not possible to do this in all programs, but if you can, it would be appreciated. If we don’t have the font that you have used and you have not supplied the file as a PDF, the font will be substituted with a default font when opened. Supply the font by attaching them to your email, or list the fonts you have used. Default Font substitution will affect your layout.
High Resolution is Essential
High Resolution is EssentialTo obtain maximum quality and sharpness your images and logos need to be supplied in high resolution. A minimum of 150 DPI at output size is recommended.
How To Create Files
How To Create FilesIf you are creating a multi-coloured document it is important that you create your colours using the CMYK pallets in your design program. Note: MS Office Programs are not capable of producing CMYK output. Working with CMYK pallets will give you true colour output when printing. Prepare your artwork with appropriate sized images and logos, e.g. if you have an A4 brochure to be printed, when creating the artwork re-size your images proportionally before importing into your document. Resize it to the size you want in Photoshop or another program before importing into your document. It is important to keep your files at a manageable size while retaining print quality. If you want a spot colour offset printed job then choose whatever Pantone PMS colours are required.
How To Supply Files
How To Supply FilesIt is recommended, that wherever possible, you supply your files in PDF format. It is recommended all Word documents be supplied as a PDF. We cannot guarantee there will not be issues with layout as Microsoft office files are prone to have layout issues when opening and printing from different computers.
HOW TO SET UP YOUR PRINT JOB
The area on your artwork where all the important stuff goes, 3mm in from the final trimmed size. We have this as a safe printing area so nothing essential gets chopped off your artwork.
This is a 3mm of extra background on all of the edges (all round). We cut off this excess at the finishing part of printing.
This is the final size of your printed piece once the bleed has been removed. The table below gives the dimensions of standard page sizes. Of course, we can print custom dimensions, just give us a call!
|TRIMMED SIZE||TRIMMED SIZE + 3MM OF BLEED||LIVE AREA||TRIMMED SIZE||TRIMMED SIZE + 3MM OF BLEED||LIVE AREA|
|90 X 54||96 X 60||84 X 49||
|314 X 444||320 X 450||308 X 438|
|74 X 105||80 X 11||68 X 99||
|420 X 594||426 X 600||414 X 588|
|105 X 148||111 X 154||99 X 142||
|594 X 480||600 X 846||588 X 836|
|148 X 210||154 X 216||142 X 204||
|840 X 1189||846 X 1195||834 X 1183|
|210 X 99||216 X 105||204 X 93||
DIGITAL POLE POSTERS
|320 X 910||326 X 916||314 X 904|
|148 X 148||154 X 154||142 X 142||
Offset Pole Posters
|345 X 1000||351 X 1006||339 X 994|
|210 X 297||216 X 303||204 X 291||
One Sheet Posters
|700 X 1000||706 X 1006||694 X 994|
|297 X 420||303 X426||291 X 414||
Two Sheet Posters
|1000 X 1400||1006 X 1406||994 X 1396|
ATTENTION! If your files do not comply to these specifications we can not guarantee that your job will be printed correctly or on time
3mm of bleed is required for all jobs with a background colour, texture or image. If your artwork is not supplied with bleed, we may ask you to resupply it or will charge you for the time it takes us to correct it.
All digital flies must be flattened, i.e. all layers and vector graphics converted to outlines.
- PDF is the only Preferred File Format.
- Multiples files should be supplied as a single PDF file only.
Sending your file
- If your file is under 10MB then you can email it to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- If it’s larger than 25MB, please send via dropbox, mailbigfile or wetransfer.
File Naming Convention
- File names must contain specific information about the job and be set to the following formula: A) Job Name B) Size C) Quantity D) Side (front/back) e.g. FPS_A6x5000_front.pdf
Artwork resolution (dpi)
- Colour raster images should be no less than 300dpi
- Greyscale raster images should be no less than 800dpi, Monochromatic bitmaps should be 1200dpi.
- All images must be embedded in the PDF files and OPI must be inactive.
- All colour models should be converted to CMYK mode. If documents are to be printed in CMYK (Process) all colours, which includes RGB and Pantones (Spot) must be converted to CMYK before making PDF files.
- Files supplied as RGB may not be detected and will print discoloured and dull. We will not take any responsibility for any unexpected result.
- 3mm external bleed
- Text margin should be 3mm inside from the trim mark.
- All supplied documents must be built to trim.
- Minimum line thickness: 0.25pt.
- Anything less than a hairline will not hold on the press.
- All Artwork must have crop marks for cutting guidance.
- All fonts must be embedded, outlined or converted to curves.
- For CMYK colour fonts, the type must be no less than 8pt.
- All Layers MUST be flattened
- All die-cuts lines must be in vector images, NOT raster images.
- Die-cut lines must be provided in the exact positions as a separate document.
Transparency & Overprints
- All Layers MUST be flattened.
- If a transparency or overprint are to be used in the document it must be flattened and preserved within the documents.
- All Spot Colour jobs must be provides in a spot separation or map to a 100% of a solid separation colour.
- All 100% Black background jobs must be converted to rich black using the following breakdown: C=40% M=0% Y=0% K=100%.
- All black text to be left as 100% black unless it is more than 50pt.
- For rich black in digital printing, please leave it at 100% black
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