Preparing files for print
Even the most experienced designers can accidentally overlook one or two crucial steps in setting artwork up correctly for print.
Below is a quick checklist you can use to ensure you are preparing files for print correctly.
- Hide template lines – If working with one of our templates, locate the layer which displays the template lines and hide it before exporting.
- Ensure all images are high resolution – It is recommended you use images that are 300dpi for all printed material. Also ensure you have authorisation from the copyright holder before sending jobs to print.
- Accepted file types – We prefer InDesign (.indd), Illustrator (.ai), postscript (.ps) or PDF (.pdf). We will always have the latest software and we can work with legacy formats if need be.
- Fonts – Outline or embed fonts before sending them to print. If this is not possible be sure to send through the fonts used together with the artwork.
- Crop marks – When preparing the final artwork for print, include crop marks. Please don’t add the printer marks (colour bars, file name, date of creation, registration marks etc) as our software will add these in before print.
- Bleed – Elements that bleed (such as images or background colours) must extend 3mm beyond the edge of the page in order to avoid a visible white margin along the trimmed edges of the finished product.
- Margins – Images and text that do not bleed must be placed no closer than 4mm from the trimmed edge of the page to avoid the risk of being cut off during production.
- Colour mode – It is important to ensure all files are supplied in CMYK. This includes converting pantone colours to CMYK (unless your job is a specialty pantone print).
- Ink Coverage – Make sure that no part of the artwork (except for the crop marks) has an ink coverage of over 300% (260% for uncoated stocks).