Set-up

1. Size
Provide all artwork sized to the required print size, refer to our size information chart (custom sizes are available within our A sizes, provide size information in mm). If you are working in Photoshop check the resolution is set to 300dpi when setting up your document.

2. Bleed
If your artwork contains edge to edge objects such as colour backgrounds or images, these areas have to run over the document edge. This overlapping outside area is called bleed, this area is needed when the sheet is trimmed to the final size after printing & is vital when finishing prints accurately. Set up your documents including a 3mm bleed area on all edges, extend the objects into the area before exporting to PDF.

3. Margins
Use margins within your document to create a safe area at least 5 – 10mm away from the edges.
Ensure all content is kept within the document margins.

Folded
Export your folded artwork in printers spreads, eg. for A6 folded provide artwork as A5 printer spread, A5 as A4.

Booklets
Booklets are printed in multiples of 4 pages, eg. 4, 8, 12 (total page count must be evenly divisible by 4). Export your booklet artwork in single pages for us to impose or in printers spreads. 

  • Arrange your single pages in the order that they wish to be read eg. P1 (Front cover), P2 (Inside front cover), P3, P4, P5, P6, P7 (Inside back cover, P8 (Back cover). Provide as a multipage PDF or separate clearly labeled files.
  • For unfinished signature booklet printing, provide separate multipage PDF files for each signature section.
    eg. Section 1 – P1, P2, P3, P4, P5, P6, P7, P8.  Section 2 – P9, P10, P11, P12, P13, P14, P15, P16 etc. Export each section as single pages or printers spreads.
Paper Sizes Trim Size. MM Bleed Size. MM
A1 594 x 841 600 x 847
A2 420 x 594 426 x 600
A3 297 x 420 303 x 426
A4 210 x 297 216 x 303
A5 148 x 210 154 x 216
A6 105 x 148 111 x 154
A7 74 x 105 80 x 111
DL 99 x 210 105 x 216
Business Card 55 x 86 61 x 92

Colour
Our printing machines work in CMYK colour profile (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow & Black).
For colour accuracy provide all artwork in CYMK.
The CMYK ICC profile we recommend is – Coated FOGRA39 (ISO 12647-2:2004).

Black & White
For best B&W results provide all artwork in GREYSCALE.
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mages & content used within colour artwork that appear B&W on screen but contain colour information can sometimes print incorrectly, convert to GREYSCALE before exporting to PDF.

PDF
The PDF preferences we recommend are – PDF/X:2002 or High Quality Print.

File > Export > Format PDF (print) > PDF/X:2002 or High Quality Print > Crop Marks & Bleed Settings > Export. Check PDF is correct before sending to print.

JPG
Size files to the required print size, resolution minimum 300dpi.

File > Save as > Format JPEG > Quality 12 Maximum > Save. Check JPG is correct before placing into your document or sending to print.