File Set Up

file set up

Cheap printing, discount printing, low cost printing. When submitting your files for print please make sure that you have correctly set your artwork. We recommend that you and use our free printing templates displayed in the tabs on each product page.

  • All FONTS are set to outline. Ensures no postscript font errors.
  • Artwork has 3mm outer bleed where applicable.
  • Artwork has 3-5mm inner bleed (margin) so no critical data is near trim lines.
  • All placed images are CMYK and minimum 300dpi to print scale.

File Resolution.

All file formats must be at a minimum of 300 dpi (dot per inch) in resolution. Images designed for the web are NOT PRINT QUALITY! Web images are designed at screen resolution (72 dpi) and are not suitable for high quality print output. Aside from copyright issues, we advise that you do not use them. Print images need to be created at a minimum of 300 dpi or there will be a substantial loss in image quality. An easy (but not fool proof) way of determining if your placed images are of high enough quality is to zoom in to 300%. If your image looks pixelated on your screen there is a very good chance it will look pixelated on paper.

File Colour Mode.

All colour artwork and/or images must be provided in CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) colour mode. All black and white artwork and/or images must be converted to grayscale colour mode before submission. When files are submitted in RGB mode and converted to CMYK, there can be a significant shift/loss in colour especially Greens, Blues & Reds. Make sure that your colours are print specific. We recommend designing in CMYK colour mode to give a more accurate indication of colour output. All files submitted for print must be converted to CMYK before submission. Files not in the CMYK colorspace will be returned for conversion.

Flattening Transparency. 

Before submitting files please always ensure that transparencies are flattened. Be aware that if you fail to flatten transparencies printing problems may arise, any print faults due to transparency issues will be at the customers risk and cost should a reprint be required.

In illustrator Select All (Ctrl A / Cmd A), then Object; Flatten Transparency, Make sure to check “Convert All text to Outlines”, Convert All Strokes to Outlines; and Make sure to uncheck Preserve Alpha Transparency; Preserve Overprints and Source Color. Save file as PDF 1.3.;

 

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