Artwork - 6 Point Checklist

Please ensure your artwork adheres to this 6 point checklist before supplying.

It is very important to consider all of these points when starting a design, as when amended at a later stage, you may be dis-satisfied with the results. Plus it could have an impact on the print turnaround of your job.

Failure to do so, could also result in charges to correct your artwork, so it’s worth getting your head around if you are unfamiliar with design for print

Turn over to the following pages for further explanation of these points if you are not sure.

1 Dimensions

2 Bleed

3 Resolution/DPI

4 CMYK Colour

5 File Format

6 File Size

Here's the checklist...

1 Dimensions

Although we always print as per the order, please help the job run smoothly, by making sure your file is the size you are expecting to receive printed, inclusive of bleed. Here is a run down of the standsard sizes we offer, both with and without bleed. Including the bleed is important! If you require something different, please contact us to discuss the options.

Size With Bleed Finished Product size
CC (Credit Card) 91mm x 61mm 85mm x 55mm
A7 111mm x 80mm 105mm x 74mm
A7 long 154mm x 58mm 148mm x 52mm
Small Square 105mm x 105mm 99mm x 99mm
A6 154mm x 111mm 148mm x 105mm
A6 long 216mm x 80mm 210mm x 74mm
Medium Square 154mm x 154mm 148mm x 148mm
DL 216mm x 105mm 210mm x 99mm
A5 216mm x 154mm 210mm x 148mm
A5 long 303mm x 216mm 297mm x 210mm
A4 303mm x 216mm 297mm x 210mm
A3 426mm x 303mm 420mm x 297mm
A2 600mm x 426mm 594mm x 420mm
A1 847mm x 600mm 841mm x 594mm

2 Bleed

Bleed is one of the most essential requirements in print, yet one of the least understood. We require an additional 3mm of artwork on all edges of your print files (Not a white border). Read on if you are not sure what this is, as it is very important and could delay your job and/or incure charges to fix.

We print all of our jobs with an additional 3mm of artwork on each edge, then cut it down to size, so the design runs neatly to the edge of the finished job.This is because we lay lots of jobs up together on large sheets and then cut each item out after print. Rather than using a single cut between each item, risking customers seeing a little bit of another job on the edge of theirs, we cut into each one by 3mm.

For this reason, you need to add the additional 3mm of expendable artwork to the edge of your file. This is not just a white border, but a continuation of any background imagery, or colour.

An diagram of bleeds, trims and safe areas of artwork

Here is a diagram to demonstrate. (You can see the background picture runs right to the edge)

“Put simply, If you make sure your text is set 6mm in from the edge with the background design running all the way to the edge, it will be fine when we cut the 3mm bleed off.”

If you have any further questions, or you are at all unsure, feel free to call our Repro Department.They will be happy to explain further, as it makes their job easier in the long run.

3 Resolution/DPI

DPI (Dots per inch) referes to the number of dots of colour per inch used to create an image.

The less dots used the more visible they become.

We require artwork at 300DPI to achieve a good result in print.

Generally, images from the internet are 72DPI, so check the quality of these before considering use for print

Once an image is low res, it is generally not possible to improve it.

Here are 2 examples to illustrate.

An example of how resolution can effect print

4 CMYK Colour

Unless you are ordering a bespoke job (1 colour / spot UV etc.), we require all artwork in CMYK colour.

CMYK stands for Cyan, Megenta, Yellow & Key (Black). These are 4 inks that we use to achieve the spectrum of colours in your design.

A common mistake is to design and supply artwork in RGB colour. Which is in fact primarily used to create colours on the internet.

This diagram shows the visible difference between RGB and CMYK colour gammuts

Here is a diagram to shows the difference and illustrates the importance of working in and supplying your artwork in CMYK colour.

It is important to start your design in CMYK colour, as this will help you avoid problems further down the line.

5 File Format

We can support most file types, but prefer files for print supplied in the following formats: JPG, PDF

If you are unsure of these file formats or they are not available to you, read on for a rundown of common design programs and the formats associated with them that we accept.

We recommend using Adobe design packages Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign, to create your artwork, but understand that these are not always available to you.

Here is a run down of programs you may be using and the file formats we can accept from them.

Adobe Photoshop - JPG
Although we prefere JPG, we can accept open PSD, TIFF & EPS, but these can have quite a large file size and fonts may not be embeded.

Adobe Illustrator - PDF
Although we prefere PDF, we can accept open Illustrator files (AI, EPS), but please ensure all images are embeded and all fonts are converted to outlines.

Adobe Indesign - PDF
Although we prefere PDF, we can accept open Indesign files (IND), but please ensure all fonts & linked images are package up and supplied too.

Quark Xpress - PDF
Please export print ready PDF.

Microsoft Word - PDF
Please export print ready PDF. Whilst we can accept open Word files, there will be a charge for conversion and proofing. This is because there is a risk that the file will not look the same when opened on a different machine from the one that they are created on. Word does not support CMYK colour, so you are also likely to see colour changes. Please request a proof if you are concerned about colours.

Microsoft Publisher - PDF
Please export print ready PDF. Whilst we can accept accept open Publisher files, there will be a charge for conversion and proofing. Publisher also does not support CMYK colour, so you are likely to see colour changes. Please request a proof if you are concerned about colours.

Corel Draw - PDF
Please export print ready PDF. Whilst we can accept open Corel Draw files (CDR), there will be a charge for conversion and proofing.

Adobe Freehand - PDF
Please export print ready PDF. We don’t accept open Freehand files (FH).

If you do not see the package you are using, contact our Reprographics Department and they should be able to help you.

6 File Size

Finally, you will need to consider how you are supplying the artwork to us.

We have a special service to allow you to send your artwork to us
http://upload.gandamediasolutions.com
This site will allow you to upload all your artwork files to us, with any notes you might have for them.

If you place an order through the website, we’ll send you a special link, so we know which order your artwork is for.

If you are not placing an order through the website, please contact us so we know what to do with your files!