If your Artwork already exists in a digital (computer) format, we always recommend that you supply the Artwork in Adobe PDF format. This format has quickly become the Industry Standard for printing artwork. Provided that your PDF files are prepared correctly (see below and right) they offer the best and safest solution to efficient Litho or Digital Printing.
IMPORTANT: You will be automatically re-directed to our file-transfer page, from the checkout page on completion of your transaction. You can choose to either ftp-upload your artwork files from a file transfer panel, or email your files, direct from that final file-transfer page.
PREPARING YOUR PDF FILES – (Select Compatibility to
Acrobat 6.0 or earlier !!!)
When creating your PDF file from the actual host programme the artwork was produced in, it is important to ensure you CONVERT all Fonts to Outlines, or EMBED all Fonts AND Images, or pictures, within your document. If you do not convert or embed the fonts, the typefaces may default on our system to a completely different typeface to that which you have used. You should also ENSURE that all images used in your artwork are at least 300 dots per inch (dpi) in their native format. If you use low-resolution images which you may have found on websites or clip-art they may print on our high-resolution presses with a pixelated effect, even if on your own screen monitor, or desktop printer, they look acceptable. You must also de-select any “Downsizing” or “Compression” of your Images, (in other words DO NOT select Zip or Jpeg Compression etc). You should also have converted any Graphics or Pictures in your artwork to CMYK format before inserting them into your artwork document (see our Understanding Colour for more information).
Always set CROP MARKS to print when preparing your PDF file,
as without these it may make it IMPOSSIBLE to trim your
artwork to the correct size after printing. Any background
Colour or Images that go right to the edge of your design
MUST be extended a further 3mm outside the trim area.
This is because guillotining must have a “bleed” area, as it
is IMPOSSIBLE to cut a large number of sheets on a line or
white edge. For the same reason, ensure that ALL text
is 5mm away from the edge of your artwork. (See the
illustration on the right which we use for our Standard
Business Cards, however please note the principle of BLEED and SAFE MARGINS is the SAME for ALL SIZES of printed documents whether they are Business Cards, Flyers, Brochures, Card Flyers, Letterheadings etc. etc.).
However, DON’T PANIC if you are not able to supply PDF’s we can accept files in a wide range of formats:
(Please note: There is a Minimum Charge of £25 for converting files to correct set-up for printing. See Artwork Charges below !)
*Why NOT Photoshop FILES? Avoid supplying native Photoshop (PSD) format files !
This is due to possible conflicts that can arise with Photoshop Plug-Ins and the different treatments that can occur when flattening multi-layered PSD files on a different platform, or operating system, than that on which they were created. ALWAYS merge your layers and CONVERT your PSD files to CMYK Tiff or PDF files BEFORE supplying them to us for printing. We may be able to successfully convert your PSD files, but this will incur additional conversion charges and may delete special effects you have created, or in some cases, may even reduce the output resolution of your image. !!!
Design Tip !!! Avoid using vignettes or tinted gradient effects in your artwork – these may look good on screen but rarely print effectively. Check our Understanding Colour Page for further detailed information.!
ARTWORK CONVERSION & ALTERATION CHARGES !!!
Don’t Panic if you are struggling to produce your Digital Artwork files to the correct specification required for successful, high-resolution, Litho printing.
We are often able to convert, or adjust supplied files. Or, of course, we can create and design print-ready Artwork for you from scratch . . . AND often for much less than you may think:
(Simply click on prices below to Add the Proofing or Artwork Level of Service you require to Your Shopping Cart).
PRE-RIPPED PDF: = £15
After your digital files have been submitted, we will email you with the choice of your file(s) being pre-ripped and emailed back to you, rather than being automatically processed direct to our workflow plate-making process.
We will then require your email approval before the work is progressed to the next stage of our production system.
OR, you may prefer our Complete Artwork Service:
File conversion (to add Crop Marks, Bleed etc. and inclusive of FREE PDF proof)
Advanced File conversion (minor textual changes, adjustments to margins and columns etc. and Free PDF proof)
Artwork Level THREE: = £75
New Design for 2-sided Business Card, A6, A5 Flyers.
Artwork Level FOUR: = £ P.O.A
New Design for 6pp DL, 4pp A5, 4pp A4 Brochures, Booklets etc. etc. = Please email with your details and brief outline of your project.
For more information about our Artwork Service,
email us your questions from our CONTACT FORM Page.
NB: Artwork prices subject to VAT at Standard Rates