Supplying Artwork

Here are a few guidelines to supplying artwork... 

All the latest industry leading software

Our in-house design studio boasts all of the latest, industry-leading design, illustration and publishing software, including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign and QuarkXpress.


PDF Files 

This is our preferred file format for printing. We request PDFs to be supplied as high resolution (300dpi) and single pages. Please ensure the files are in document order and not in spreads or printers pairs. 

There are options which must be set for commercial printing: 

Resolution: Choose ‘Press Quality’ or ‘High Resolution’. 

Fonts: All fonts must be embedded or outlined. 

Printers Marks: Trims offset 3mm with 3mm bleed. 


Bleed and crop marks 

If you're a dab hand at creating artwork and are comfortable adding 3mm bleed and crop marks then great. It is essential that there is a 3mm bleed around your artwork. Please supply your artwork in CMYK. 

Bleed refers to any artwork where colours or images are going to the edge of the page. You must provide additional colour or image outside the trim area. This allows for trimming to the final size. 

We would advise that any text or borders are 3mm or more away from the edge of the page. 

If all this sounds like Double Dutch then don't worry, our talented designers will handle this for you. 



Colour needs to be set as CMYK and not RGB. RGB artwork will be converted to CMYK and this could affect the final appearance of your colours. 

Convert spot colours to CMYK in your original artwork if your job is to be printed in 4 colour process. 

Be aware that some spot colours do not have an exact CMYK equivalent. We advise checking your colours in the appropriate Pantone Guide*. 

Please note that colours will reproduce differently on coated and uncoated stock. These can be seen in the appropriate Pantone Guide*. 

Cutting, creasing and perforating guides should be specified as a spot colour and set to overprint. 

* If you do not have access to Pantone Guide books please do not hesitate to contact us. 


Sending Files To Us 

You can send files to us via Email, Drobox, Memory Stick, or via the internet using any of the free cloud-based file transfer services available such as WeTransfer 

If sending by email you may need to compress the document before uploading or sending. Emailed files must be less than 10mb in total. All trim and registration marks to be outside the 3mm bleed area. 



Expert advice

Our friendly team will offer advice on the best way to solve your individual print problems. Our sample books and the stock we hold is from a wide range of paper manufacturers. Our experience and advice will guide and help you get the most from your project.

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We do not recommend using Photoshop to create artwork with text content as it will not reproduce as sharply as vector text created in programmes such as InDesign, Illustrator or QuarkXpress. 

Check the resolution of your photographs before placing them into your artwork. We recommend 300dpi at finished print size for the best results. 

If you require a large format poster or banner and you are not supplying the artwork at the finished size, please ensure that the content will scale without loss of resolution. 

When creating artwork for a roll folded publication, such as a 6pp DL leaflet, please bear in mind that the fold-in page needs to be trimmed slightly shorter, typically 3mm, to enable correct folding. 

If you wish to make changes after you have supplied PDFs as artwork we would require you to supply a new PDF incorporating any revisions. 

The colours you see on your screen will not be an accurate representation of how they will appear on the printed sheet. 

If your finished publication is to be wiro bound, stapled, perforated or drilled, please ensure your margin allows for this. 

If supplying original artwork from a programme such as InDesign, please ensure all fonts and links used in your artwork are supplied to us in a separate folder using the ‘Package’ function under the ‘File’ menu. 


How to use the different services to send your artwork