Artwork preferably should be supplied as high resolution press ready PDFs. When generating a PDF file 'Press Quality' is the ideal setting, with all fonts embedded, 3mm bleed, registration marks (sometimes called crop marks or cut marks) and artwork centered on pages.
When you have created your PDF files, open them in Adobe Reader and check they view correctly. Check that bleed and registration marks have been carried across to the PDF.
QuarkXpress, Indesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and PDF files should be print optimized (300
dpi images) with all fonts embedded (choose press quality when creating your PDF).
Ideally all fonts need to be embedded within your PDF file. This is to make sure that the
fonts you used in the creation of your artwork are replicated when printed. If you do not
embed the fonts, the fonts maybe substituted and may not match those used in your
Images or graphics should be supplied as CMYK and at a resolution of 300dpi (when
placed at actual size).
All artwork must have 3mm bleed if the image is required to extend right to the edge of the
paper. We also recommend that any text is kept at least 5mm away from the edge of the
page and that crop marks are outset by 6 point so they do not touch the cut size of the
Do I need bleed?
Bleed is the term for "overlapping the edge" and is required when pictures, lines or
backgrounds are printed right to the edge of the paper. For example, if you want your
business cards entirely covered by a picture, the size of the picture box would need to
bleed past the trimmed edge of the paper in all directions. Failing to bleed the background
may result in white lines or gaps showing around the edge when it is cut down to size on
Paper and document sizes
Artwork Size(With Bleed Area)
Finished Size(After Trimming)
||91mm x 61mm
||85mm x 55mm
|Compliment Slips / DL
||216mm x 105mm
||210mm x 99mm
||80mm x 111mm
||74mm x 55mm
||111mm x 154.5mm
||105mm x 148mm
||154.5mm x 216mm
||148.5mm x 210mm
||216mm x 303mm
||210mm x 297mm
||303mm x 426mm
||297mm x 420mm
||426mm x 600mm
||420mm x 594mm
||600mm x 847mm
||594mm x 841mm
||847mm x 1195mm
||841mm x 1189mm
If you have any queries or need an explanation please don’t hesitate to get in touch.