Artwork Specification

If you are unable to supply digital artwork, we will provide professional digital artwork for you. If possible, send a rough idea of your requirements, any logo’s or images to be printed and we will do the rest. Any images and logos will be placed on your layout and then supply you with a proof for your approval before printing commences.

Any artwork prices quoted assume a small amount of alterations on the first proof. Additional charges may be incurred if major alterations are required on subsequent proofs.

Supplying your own artwork?

Here’s all you need to know about supplying your own artwork. This page is intended to help unravel some of the mysteries of acceptable artwork for printing to ensure our products are of the best quality available.

Digital Artwork

The computer systems we use are all PC based, but we are able to accept MAC files from most popular programs. Artwork can be e- mailed to speed production in most common formats (see list below) except for very large files (>55mb) in which case a disc will need to be supplied or use a service such as yousendit or mailbigfile.com.

Size
It is best to ensure the size of the artwork is exact to the final size required or if the artwork is larger, prepare it so when reduced, the dimensions will be correct in both directions.

Bleed

If the image runs to the edge of the page, the image will need to be extended 2mm off the page to allow for tolerances in the final trimming process, allowing the guillotine to trim through this area and thus eliminating a thin white line towards the edge of the page which would otherwise occur.

Colour

Make sure the file is supplied using any Pantone colours to be printed and only as CMYK if we are to print 4 colour process. The RGB colour model is to be avoided as colours will not reproduce accurately. See our "Using Colour Correctly" page for colour basics.

With programs such as Microsoft Publisher , Word or PowerPoint, we are unable to guarantee accurate colour proofing and final colour match due to limitations in the software.

The best way to achieve an accurate colour match is to use a colour swatch.. A Pantone guide is the best way you can be assured that no matter what colour you see on screen, the colour seen in the swatch will be printed.

Fonts

To ensure all type remains the same on the final print, please ensure any fonts are converted to paths/outlines or curves before supplying the file. This eliminates any font problems which may occur. Microsoft Publisher, Word and PowerPoint files will need to be proof read very carefully as indiscrepancies can occur

Images

Please ensure any images supplied are of sufficient resolution. For example, 300dpi minimum for halftone CMYK printing and 1200dpi minimum for line work however printed.

Corrective Work

In certain circumstances, files submitted to us for printing cannot be used and can only be corrected or altered by the originator. If however, we are able to amend the file, we may need to supply an additional quotation for any corrective work needed.

Proofs

The Customer is ALWAYS sent a proof and we have to receive acknowledgement the proof is correct before we will commence production.

Although every effort is made to ensure the accuracy, we regret that we are unable to accept responsibility for errors or omissions not corrected on the proof. The proof is submitted for checking purposes only, and does not necessarily represent the finished quality.

Note: Colours shown on a monitor or printout may not accurately match the finished print and therefore these methods should not be used as a colour match proof for the final product.

Additional charges may be made for authors corrections. In the event of a cancelled order, all work undertaken will be charged for.

Main File Formats Accepted

EPS, AI, PS - All fonts must be converted to paths or curves

CorelDraw

Convert all type to curves

Adobe Indesign

All images & true type fonts or preferably convert to EPS file - see below or we can substitute fonts

Adobe Illustrator

Convert all type to paths

Adobe Photoshop

Save as JPG, TIFF or EPS

Adobe Acrobat

All fonts must be embedded & high resolution version supplied

QuarkXpress V6

All images & true type fonts or preferably convert to EPS file - see below