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Artwork Requirements

All artwork must be supplied:

We prefer press ready pdf's to be supplied. However we will accept high quality Photoshop files, jpegs or tiffs.
For best print results, artwork is best created in such programs as Illustrator, InDesign, QuarkXPress or other
vector-based design software. Otherwise Photoshop, Paintshop or other graphics programs can be used as long as they
can create a high-quality 300 DPI or greater bitmap graphics output file. Other files can be used, please check with us first by
contacting our studio. Files created in any Microsoft program are not ideal. If you have done your artwork in any
Microsoft program they need to be saved as a PDF file. These files may incur extra charges.


All images should be saved as 300dpi at 100% of the size. This resolution will ensure that your design will print crisp and


Outlining or embedding fonts that you use in your files means we can print them even if we don't have those particular fonts
installed on our computers and they will look exactly the way you want them to.


All colours and images need to be saved in CMYK unless the job is spot colour.
PLEASE DO NOT USE RGB, these will print discoloured and dull.
If you provide it in other colour modes we can convert it for you, but you
should carefully check any colours before approving for print.
If your artwork is set in spot colour(s), you must specify the Pantone colour(s) and number
that your artwork has been set to.

Correct Size:

Artwork should be set to the correct dimensions i.e. A4 (210x297mm) not US letter (215x279mm) Microsoft programs
default to US Letter size.

Crop marks:

Please include crop marks on your final pdf. Look for crop marks or trim lines and make sure it is not cropping any important graphics or text off.
If the artwork should bleed off the page, this should continue beyond the crop marks.


Requirement for Litho and Digital work is 5mm added to outside the trim marks (see diagram).Large format work requires
15mm bleed to be added outside the trim marks.

Safe Area:

Make sure any graphics or text is not closer than 5mm from the trim or fold, or it might be cut off.

Special Effects:

Look-out for any drop shadow and transparency effects, make sure they show up correctly.


When you sign off on a proof, you indicate that everything on the proof is correct.
If a problem is discovered once approved, chances are you may need to pay for a re-print.

If you are unable to provide a print ready PDF for your work, please speak to our Sales team.
We offer the very best studio rate to help get your job finalised and ready to go to print.
Prices start from as little as £35 ex VAT.
This checklist is provided to ensure your job progresses through production without any delays or additional cost.

Take a look at our help sheet for more information.