Design and artworking for print

For your artwork to be produced accurately, please ensure that you follow the requirements below.

All artwork should be supplied:

  • With minimum 3mm bleed when scaled to full-size
  • With crop marks
  • With each artwork/design as a separate file or page
  • At the correct width-to-height ratio
  • In CMYK colour mode
  • With all images embedded
  • With all visible in-canvas template elements removed

Accepted file formats:

  • PDF
  • EPS (Encapsulated PostScript, CS6 and below)
  • AI (Adobe Illustrator, CS6 and below)
  • PSD (Adobe Photoshop, recommended flattened)
  • TIFF (recommended flattened)
  • JPG/JPEG (recommended high-resolution)

Get the best results explained:

When you prepare a job for printing, first of all, make sure it is the proper size. If you’re using images make sure they’re at 300dpi resolution. Images with resolution lower than this will print pixelates, even though they looked OK on your screen.

Most of the applications used by designers will let you ‘overprint’ any object inside artwork. By default, each object ‘knocks out’ background below, but when set to overprint it prints on top. While with blacks you won’t notice any difference, anything lighter will blend with background, producing unexpected results. Please refer to your software manual for details. Always check an overprint preview of your artwork before sending it.

If the coloured background of a layout is right to the edge of the sheet; it is necessary to have the colour extend or bleed over the intended trim marks or line. This produces a far more finished result on the edges of the page. Crop marks indicate where a page will be cut (or trimmed) after printing. If your job involves folding mark it outside the cut line of your artwork before you start the design process, keep the text in a safe distance from the fold line.