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Artwork FAQs and help

File formats

The preferred format for accepting artwork is "print-ready" PDF format. If you need to send us files in a different format, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

PDF settings

Currently industry standard PDF workflow settings can be downloaded from This site, maintained by the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) publishes best practice guidelines which detail how to create reliable, print-ready PDF files and assist in the creation and management of digital workflows.


To ensure your files print clearly all artwork including images must be supplied at a resolution of at least 300dpi. We recommend a resolution of 350dpi.


All colours must be specified as CMYK or PANTONE Colour Matching System spot colours. CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black) is an industry-standard formula designed to give the most precise colour reproductions. Artwork received using RGB (commonly Web colours) will be converted into CMYK format, this may cause some colours to change.

If your print job requires special (spot) colours, please specify this on your order to ensure that special colours are not converted to CMYK.


All fonts used must be embedded or outilined before sending us the final artwork. Failure to do this could result in an alternative style being used automatically.


Bleed is used when any part of an image, background, colour or line is to print the very edges of the finished product. For example if you wanted the background of a business card to be red, the colour must bleed past all edges to allow for minor variances in trimming etc.

The normal bleed requirement is 3mm all round.

In rare cases, where complex finishing is required, a larger bleed may be required. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Text clear area

We recommend that text is kept a minimum of 5mm from the edge of the finished printing.

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