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Artwork Checklist - Get Your Artwork Ready for print

Incorrect artwork can slow down your print order or result in print which doesn't look the way you expected. Follow these checks to make sure your order goes through smoothly, quickly and looks fantastic in print !!

Converted Colours to CMYK?

All our print products are printed full colour Lithographically. Your Document is printed using a four colour process (CMYK - Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Keyline Black).

It is important you design your documents in a CMYK colourspace. When you begin setting up your document, always select CMYK, if you have been working in RGB for web design don't forget to convert your colours to CMYK before sending to the artwork to us.

Traditional printers often use Pantone Spot colours when printing work. Like paint, spot colours are mixed specially and each colour is printed one at a time. As we use Process Colour, all Pantone Spot colours should be converted to their CMYK equivalent before your file is sent to us.

Correct Dimensions?

When designing for print you must ensure that you create your artwork in the correct document format.
We list the standard size in our print template table, along with the document size including 3mm bleed on each edge.
Click on the arrow images to download our print templates for all the correct dimension

If you create your artwork to the correct size with bleed, you will drastically reduce any potential delays.

If you require print using a size not listed on our site - please use our bespoke quotes form.

Added 3mm Bleed ?

When sending files to print we require your artwork to include 3mm bleed on each edge of the document

Bleed refers to the extension of any blocks of graphics or colour that you want to run right up to the edge of the cut sheet.

Without a bleed you can sometimes end up with awhite border around your artwork, where you haven't carried your design far enough into the bleed area.

You can download a template on the right which shows our print sizes with the bleed added

The No1 cause for delays in printing can be attributed to files being sent without bleed.

RGB > CMYK

Although we can accept files with RGB colour there may be a large colour difference on converting your RGB colours to CMYK. Please convert your RGB colours to CMYK and where necessary adjust them to colour you are looking for.

Spot/Pantone > CMYK

We print CMYK process colour instead of spot or pantone colours. Spot colours can behave unpredictably, please convert these colours to CMYK to avoid print problems

Grayscale > CMYK

Applications like Adobe Illustrator use grayscale swatches please change any objects using grayscale to CMYK before submitting your artwork.

Gradients > CMYK

Please check each step of your gradients created in applications like Adobe Illustrator for RGB, Grayscale or Spot Colours. Gradients should be supplied CMYK throughout.

Resolution at least 300dpi

If you are creating your artwork in software like Adobe Photoshop we require an absolute minimum of 300dpi, you can send 450dpi or even 600dpi if you prefer, the later two sizes dramatically increase the file size of your document. As a general rule 300dpi is adequate.

To ensure a crisp print on items such as text we strongly recommend creating all artwork in software like Adobe Illustrator or Adobe In-Design, these applications output text as "Postscript" data which means the text information will print crystal clear.

You can export PDFs from Photoshop, but please check that text layers have been preserved and fonts are embed.

Saved as PDF with Layers?

To get the best results we highly recommend submitting your printing in PDF format

The advantage of saving as PDF is text can be preserved as text layers, this will result in a muchhigher quality finish than flattened text which you may find in JPEG. 

It is important that you check your setting when exporting as PDF as some settings for creating small file sizes can result in a file which is simply a JPEG inside a PDF.

If you are designing your artwork in Microsoft Word we recommend using a Primo PDF plugin for exporting your design as a PDF.

Checked for Overprint Problems ?

To preview how your print will be appear when it is printed, we would recommend selecting Overprint Preview. This should identify any vector objects that have Overprint applied to the them - the object would appear transparent and this is how your artwork will be printed.

In Acrobat Reader you can select Overprint Preview which can be located in the Advanced drop down menu

In both InDesign and Illustrator you can view as Overprint Preview by going to the View dropdown menu and selecting Overprint Preview

Black

If you are using big areas of black in your artwork eg. a black background - we recommend setting your black as C 30%, Y 0%, M 0%, K 100% instead of just K 100%. On screen this colour will look slightly blue but in print will appear black.

Print Templates - Download our print templates to help you setup your artwork


Please remove template crop and safe area lines from your artwork before submitting to print.


Business Cards

Create print artwork using the correct business card dimensions and add a 3mm bleed around each edge. Download our business card PDF templates below to check your artwork dimensions.

Print Size Bleed Size pdf jpg
Credit Card Size 85mm x 55mm 91mm x 61mm Credit Card Size pdf download Credit Card Size jpg download
Folded Landscape 170mm x 55mm 170mm x 61mm Folded Landscape pdf download Folded Landscape jpg download
Folded Portrait 110mm x 85mm 116mm x 91mm Folded Portrait pdf download Folded Portrait jpg download

Leaflets

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Print Size Bleed Size pdf jpg
Credit Card 85mm x 55mm 91mm x 61mm Credit Card pdf download Credit Card jpg download
A6 105mm x 148mm 111mm x 154mm A6 pdf download A6 jpg download
A5 148mm x 210mm 154mm x 216mm A5 pdf download A5 jpg download
DL 99mm x 210mm 105mm x 216mm DL pdf download DL jpg download
A4 210mm x 297mm 216mm x 303mm A4 pdf download A4 jpg download
A3 297mm x 420mm 303mm x 426mm A3 pdf download A3 jpg download

Folded Leaflets

Print Size Bleed Size pdf jpg
A5 fold to A6 210mm X 148mm 216mm X 154mm A5 fold to A6 pdf download A5 fold to A6 jpg download
A4 fold to DL (Trifold) 297mm X 210mm 303mm X 216mm A4 fold to DL (Trifold) pdf download A4 fold to DL (Trifold) jpg download
A4 fold to A5 297mm X 210mm 303mm X 216mm A4 fold to A5 pdf download A4 fold to A5 jpg download
A5 folded twice (Trifold) 210mm X 148mm 216mm X 154mm A5 folded twice (Trifold) pdf download A5 folded twice (Trifold) jpg download
A3 fold to A4 420mm x 297mm 426mm x 303mm A3 fold to A4 pdf download A3 fold to A4 jpg download
A3 folded twice (Trifold) 420mm x 297mm 426mm x 303mm A3 folded twice (Trifold) pdf download A3 folded twice (Trifold) jpg download

Posters

Print Size Bleed Size pdf jpg
A3 297mm x 420mm 303mm x 426mm A3 pdf download A3 jpg download
A2 420mm x 594mm 426mm x 600mm A2 pdf download A2 jpg download
A1 594mm x 841mm 600mm x 847mm A1 pdf download A1 jpg download
A0 841mm x 1189mm 847mm x 1195mm A0 pdf download A0 jpg download

Booklets

Download our booklet print templates below to see how printer page spreads should be setup with bleed.

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8 Page A5 Booklet 8 Page A5 Booklet pdf download
12 Page A5 Booklet 12 Page A5 Booklet pdf download
16 Page A5 Booklet 16 Page A5 Booklet pdf download
20 Page A5 Booklet 20 Page A5 Booklet pdf download
24 Page A5 Booklet 24 Page A5 Booklet pdf download
28 Page A5 Booklet 28 Page A5 Booklet pdf download
8 Page A4 Booklet 8 Page A4 Booklet pdf download
12 Page A4 Booklet 12 Page A4 Booklet pdf download
16 Page A4 Booklet 16 Page A4 Booklet pdf download
20 Page A4 Booklet 20 Page A4 Booklet pdf download
24 Page A4 Booklet 24 Page A4 Booklet pdf download
28 Page A4 Booklet 28 Page A4 Booklet pdf download

Greeting Cards

Print Size Bleed Size pdf jpg
A5 folded to A6 210mm x 148mm 216mm x 154mm A5 folded to A6 pdf download A5 folded to A6 jpg download
A4 folded to A5 297mm x 210mm 303mm x 216mm A4 folded to A5 pdf download A4 folded to A5 jpg download
Square folded 280mm x 140mm 286mm x 146mm Square folded pdf download Square folded jpg download

Roller Banners

Print Size Bleed Size pdf jpg
Roller Banner Roller Banner pdf download Roller Banner jpg download

Outdoor Banners 2ft Drop

Print Size Bleed Size pdf jpg
2x2ft Outdoor Banner 610mm x 610mm 2x2ft Outdoor Banner pdf download
3x2ft Outdoor Banner 914mm x 610mm 3x2ft Outdoor Banner pdf download
4x2ft Outdoor Banner 1219mm x 610mm 4x2ft Outdoor Banner pdf download
5x2ft Outdoor Banner 1524mm x 610mm 5x2ft Outdoor Banner pdf download
6x2ft Outdoor Banner 1829mm x 610mm 6x2ft Outdoor Banner pdf download
7x2ft Outdoor Banner 2134mm x 610mm 7x2ft Outdoor Banner pdf download
8x2ft Outdoor Banner 2438mm x 610mm 8x2ft Outdoor Banner pdf download
10x2ft Outdoor Banner 3048mm x 610mm 10x2ft Outdoor Banner pdf download
12x2ft Outdoor Banner 3658mm x 610mm 12x2ft Outdoor Banner pdf download

Outdoor Banners 3ft Drop

Print Size Bleed Size pdf jpg
3x3ft Outdoor Banner 914mm x 914mm 3x3ft Outdoor Banner pdf download
4x3ft Outdoor Banner 1219mm x 914mm 4x3ft Outdoor Banner pdf download
5x3ft Outdoor Banner 1524mm x 914mm 5x3ft Outdoor Banner pdf download
6x3ft Outdoor Banner 1829mm x 914mm 6x3ft Outdoor Banner pdf download
7x3ft Outdoor Banner 2134mm x 914mm 7x3ft Outdoor Banner pdf download
8x3ft Outdoor Banner 2438mm x 914mm 8x3ft Outdoor Banner pdf download
10x3ft Outdoor Banner 3048mm x 914mm 10x3ft Outdoor Banner pdf download
12x3ft Outdoor Banner 3658mm x 914mm 12x3ft Outdoor Banner pdf download

Outdoor Banners 4ft Drop

Print Size Bleed Size pdf jpg
4x4ft Outdoor Banner 1219mm x 1219mm 4x4ft Outdoor Banner pdf download
5x4ft Outdoor Banner 1524mm x 1219mm 5x4ft Outdoor Banner pdf download
6x4ft Outdoor Banner 1829mm x 1219mm 6x4ft Outdoor Banner pdf download
7x4ft Outdoor Banner 2134mm x 1219mm 7x4ft Outdoor Banner pdf download
8x4ft Outdoor Banner 2438mm x 1219mm 8x4ft Outdoor Banner pdf download
10x4ft Outdoor Banner 3048mm x 1219mm 10x4ft Outdoor Banner pdf download
12x4ft Outdoor Banner 3658mm x 1219mm 12x4ft Outdoor Banner pdf download

Presentation Folders

Print Size Bleed Size pdf jpg
A4 Folder (short flap) A4 Folder (short flap) pdf download
A4 Folder (long flap) A4 Folder (long flap) pdf download
A5 Folder A5 Folder pdf download

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