Below is a detailed break down of the type(s) of files and process we require to enable artwork to be set up for your order.
Our preferred format for all graphics files are either vector .CDR (Corel) .EPS or Adobe Illustrator .AI files, or ‘Editable PDF’ in Curves. Text must be converted to outlines or curves. Placed images need to be either embedded or supplied as separate files. For spot colour printing Pantone PMS colours (coated) must be quoted. We cannot accept CMYK files for spot printing.
A lot of people think any PDF file is OK. 90% of the files we receive are poor quality jpg’s saved as PDF. These are not what can work with. We need Original Vector Artwork to achieve the best results for you.
PDF files can be used depending on originating artwork. Any images must be at minimum 300 dpi. We would need to confirm on receipt of files if they are acceptable.
PSD, BMP, TIFF, PNG or JPG files are sometimes possible to use depending on quality. They can only be accepted for a small range of jobs eg” like embroidery.
Minimum resolution is 300 dpi and must be saved at least twice the print size.
Facebook or Files Saved from the Internet.
Please do not think a photo sent in messenger will be able to be used for artwork. Facebook (and other social sites) effectively compress image quality to reduce the file sizes and 9 out of 10 times we cannot use it.
Basically – Any image saved from awebsite or social site is NO GOOD.
Word documents, Publisher, Power Point or any other Office based program is not sufficient for finished artwork.
Word documents can sometimes be used for embroidery jobs depending on the quality of image embedded in the document.
We have our artwork department available to redraw files that are not suitable to work with. Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we can adise a price to redraw your artwork into the right format that you will then own. (you will need it again)
Here is a Pantone Colour Guide – link to this
More details on Print Jobs
mainly use for Signage, Wide Format and Offset Printing.
Colour raster images should be 300DPI.
Greyscale raster images should be no less than 800DPI.
Monochromatic (bitmaps) should be 1200DPI.
Bleed (offset and digital printing)
3mm external bleed is common for items offset printed where the print goes to the edge. eg: Business Cards and Brochures.
Text – The internal text should be at least 3mm inside from ‘The Trim Mark’
Minimum line thickness: 0.25pt.
Anything below that point will not print on the offset press.
All Artwork must have trim mark for cutting guidance.
All fonts must be Embed/Outlined or covert to Curves.
All Layers MUST be flattened in one layer.
All front and back print MUST be in Separate pages.
Do not output front and back print as switch off layer view.
Die Cuts Lines
All Die-cuts lines must be in vector images & NOT raster images.
Nominate your spot colour for vthis with your artwork.
Transparency & Overprints
If a transparency or overprint are to be used in the document it must be flatten and preserved within the documents.
Flatten all transparency all object with medium resolution
All Spot Colour jobs must be provided in a spot separation or map to a 100% of a solid separation colour.
Black (offset print)
All 100% Black background jobs must be converted to Rich Black using the Following Breakdowns C 50% M 40% Y 20% K 100% .
All BLACK text to be left as 100% black unless it is more than 50pt.