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Artwork Tips - Supplying your electronic artwork

We accept artwork from most digital storage media and email from PCs and Macs.

By using our tips below your digital artwork should be good to go to print. If however you have trouble, do not fret. We have a wealth of experience getting the most challenging of jobs to print.

Most popular programs are supported, however for more predictable printing results use DTP rather than word processor programs. Or, If you can, provide a print ready PDF file. For help contact us.
Always provide an inkjet or laser printout that matches the artwork so we can check our outputs for any variations.


Things to note about colour

It is unlikely your home monitor and printer will display colours accurately. You will need to see a colour swatch in-store to view how the colours you need will appear on paper.

Spot colour work - For jobs in 1, 2 or 3 colours (other than black) please use the Pantone Solid spot colour palette when providing your artwork.
This colour palette is available in Microsoft Publisher, Adobe Indesign, Illustrator, Quark Xpress, CorelDraw and Freehand.

4 (full) colour work - To ensure predictable print results it is important that your digital artwork is provided in the CMYK colour space and images are converted from RGB to CMYK. Some RGB colours, suited to display on monitors, cannot be reproduced on commercial printing machines and digital colour copiers. Some RGB images may experience colour shift when converted to CMYK. Where possible please use the CMYK colour profile ISO Coated v2 (Fogra 39 L).

Microsoft Word and PowerPoint do not have the facility to convert to CMYK and therefore colours may vary, in some instances considerably, from your screen display (which as mentioned earlier might also be wrong!). It is best to use a DTP program using the CMYK palette to minimise colour variations when your job goes to print.
Refer to the HELP section within your software application for more colour info.

We happily print files from other programs such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel but there may be extra cost incurred to make your file print ready.


Scanning/Images
Colour and greyscale images should be at least 300dpi at their finished print size. Black and white images should be a of minimum 600dpi and up to 1200dpi.
Any reduction in resolution will increase pixelation, resulting in loss of image sharpness.
Images copied from the Internet (copyright permitting) are not suitable for high quality printing as the resolution is only 72dpi.


Fonts

With the exception of PDF files, in order for your digital file to print correctly we need the font(s) you have used in your document. We have an extensive font library, but to ensure complete accuracy please supply them to us. These should be copied from your Windows font directory into the same folder as the document.


Bleed

Images that go to the edge of a sheet require "bleed". This means that such images should go past all edges of the sheet by 3mm, which will then be guillotined off during the finishing process.