Artwork Specifications

Please prepare your artwork (if not designed by us) to the following specifications:

  • Bleed: Please ensure 2mm bleed is allowed where required.
  • Borders: Please do not use borders that are designed to create an even margin around the document. A trimming tolerance of +/- 1mm must be allowed for. e.g. If you design a border 2mm from the edge all around a document the end result may be 1mm on one side and 3mm on the opposite side creating an unbalanced look.
  • Colours: Ensure colours are correctly specified. You must ensure seperations are correct before submission
  • Colour Matching: This is not offered as part of our service.
  • Document Size: Your document size must be the finished size plus bleed.
  • Images: Images should be CMYK at 300dpi for the intended final size of the image.
  • Ink Cover: Please be aware of the “Total Ink Cover” you intend using in your design. The heavier the cover the longer it will take to produce your job as this will affect trimming, folding and packing by potential scuffing. For spot colour jobs we will not guarantee colour match/consistency for over 50% coverage of any colour. For CMYK jobs we recommend no more than 300% coverage out of a possible 400%.
  • Multiple pages: Create multiple page documents as a single .pdf file. e.g. Double sided business cards: page 1 = front, page 2 = back.
  • No. Up: Always supply artwork 1 up.
  • Rich Black: To ensure a nice rich black use the following values Black 100%, Cyan 50%, Magenta 10%, Yellow 10%.
  • Text: Please convert text to outlines, curves or paths where possible. Do not use rich black for text. Use 100% black only.
  • Trimming: To ensure a pleasing result we recommend not placing critical objects closer than 5mm from any trim line. Non critical images and colour may be placed to bleed beyond this and the trim line.
  • Watermarks: Watermarks or images used for similar purposes, should not be set at less than 8% total ink coverage.