Artwork Guidelines

The following information will help you to prepare your files for print. If you have a specific problem that is not covered in this guide or have other questions, please feel free to contact us.

 

Improperly prepared files can cause delays in manufacturing. We recommend print-ready pdf files for submission. 

 

Make sure that

- Type is legible and crisp.

- Page layouts are correct.

- Margins are set to the standards.

- Artwork matches the specified dimensions once the bleed area has been cut.

- All linked files, images, and fonts are embedded or placed in separate folders.

- Your file is saved in CMYK colour mode.

Bleeds

Bleed must extend past the cut-line and will be trimmed from the product during the final cutting phase. When the image is required to extend all the way to the edge, bleed is needed to preserve the finished look and the quality of the final product.

Please keep all text at least 0.125" inside the cut-line.

- The standard requirement for bleed is 0.125"around all corners.

Type Safety

The safety line is a safe space measured an additional 1/8″ from inside the crop line. All of your artwork and text should be inside this box to ensure that it is not cut-off when the page is cut.

Borders

If the border is too close to the cut line, it may be cut off-centred slightly. We suggest removing borders or making them thicker so that chances of the final product being off-centred are reduced visibly by the eye.

Colour Specifications:
Colours displayed on the file may be affected by monitor calibration, screen resolution and lighting. To achieve the desired colour on a digital press, digital files must reflect accurate colour models and percentages. Please make sure all colours are in CMYK mode for colour accuracy and better quality output.

Resolution

- All files including images and pictures within files should have a minimum of 300 dpi for digital print. Flyers, Brochures, Postcards, Business cards, door hinges and etc.

- All images and pictures should have a minimum of 150 dpi for large format print. Posters, Banners, displays, signs and etc.

-Low-resolution files may be printed as is by consent of the customer, or will otherwise, be placed on hold until new high-resolution files have been received.

Submission Guidelines by Application:

 

Adobe Photoshop

- Files should be 300 dpi for quality production.

- Files should be saved in PDF format.

 

Adobe Illustrator/ InDesign

- Outline all the fonts

- Compile a print-ready package including all the linked images and fonts

- Compress the content and send as a zip file

 

Digital Proofs

PDF files are emailed as digital proofs. These digital proofs intend to show you the layout and design elements of your job, but cannot be a guarantee of colour accuracy. If colour accuracy is of extreme importance to you, please ask for a hard copy proof.