Artwork should preferably be supplied as press ready PDFs with 3mm bleed and simple crop marks.
QuarkXpress, Indesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and PDF files should be print optimised (300 dpi images) with all fonts embedded (choose press quality when writing your PDF on a PC or Mac). Word, Publisher, Excel and PowerPoint files are accepted but will need to be proof read by the customer to check no graphics are missing or reflow of text occurs.
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 artwork.
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 document.
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 the guillotine.
|Artwork Size (With Bleed Area)||Finished Size (After Trimming)|
|Business Cards||91mm x 61mm||85mm x 55mm|
|Compliment Slips / DL||216mm x 105mm||210mm x 99mm|
|A7||80mm x 111mm||74mm x 55mm|
|A6||111mm x 154.5mm||105mm x 148mm|
|A5||154.5mm x 216mm||148.5mm x 210mm|
|A4||216mm x 303mm||210mm x 297mm|
|A3||303mm x 426mm||297mm x 420mm|
|A2||426mm x 600mm||420mm x 594mm|
If you have any queries or need an explanation please don’t hesitate to
call us on 020 8361 7010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org