Guide to Supplying art work

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File Formats Accepted

** PRESS READY PDF (preferred format) ** - Supplied with fonts embedded, for best results high resolution 300dpi

Adobe InDesign – supplied with supporting fonts and images

Quark Express – supplied with supporting fonts and images

Illustrator – fonts converted to outlines

Freehand – fonts converted to paths

Photoshop – layers flattened, at least 300 dpi, JPEG or Tiff

Corel Draw – fonts converted to Curves then export as Illustrator AI

Microsoft Office – (Word, Powerpoint, Publisher) - supplied with supporting fonts if non-standard

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Supply Native Files

When supplying native files e.g. Quark Express, please ensure all elements, document, images and fonts are in one folder and please compress using Stuffit or similar to .sit or zip files before sending.

Different Formats

If you wish to submit artwork created using a program not listed above we will try to accomodate you. Please email or call us on 020 7580 2714 to discuss.

Supplying PDF Artwork

We prefer all artwork to be supplied as high-resolution PDF format.

PDF's have become the standard file format for transmitting files for printing, but it is important to prepare your PDF file in the correct way.

Correct Preparation of Files

When creating a PDF in Acrobat Distiller, there are job options which must be set for commercial printing. These include default resolution, compression settings and font embedding.

Please ensure you choose high resolution. Compression settings for colour and greyscale should be downsampled to 300dpi with "auto compression" set on high. Bitmapped (monochrome: i.e. line art) images should be set at 600dpi.

Font embedding should be set to "embed all fonts."

All artwork must have 3 mm bleed if you require the image to bleed off the edge of the paper.

One of the most important elements in artwork for printing!  Please ensure there is a minimum of 3 mm bleed all round the PDF, i.e. save the PDF with 3mm added to each measurement (i.e. for A4 usually 210mm x 297mm, save as 213mm x 300mm).

Crop marks may be included if you wish. If your artwork is supplied without bleed we may not always be able to add it on for you and you may have to amend and re-supply the artwork.

Correct Preparation of Files

When creating a PDF in Acrobat Distiller, there are job options which must be set for commercial printing. These include default resolution, compression settings and font embedding.

Please ensure you choose high resolution. Compression settings for colour and greyscale should be downsampled to 300dpi with "auto compression" set on high. Bitmapped (monochrome: i.e. line art) images should be set at 600dpi.

Font embedding should be set to "embed all fonts."

CMYK or RGB?

For most consistant results please ensure that all embedded images are CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black). Although we can accept files with RGB colours these will be converted to CMYK using our standard colour management settings.

lmage Resolution

Colour and greyscale images should be 300dpi at the final size in the document submitted for output.
Lineart (bitmapped) should be 600-1200dpi at the final size in the document submitted for output.

lmposition

Please do not supply imposed pages or "printers pairs" because our workflow includes imposition software to impose correctly for our printing processes.

Booklets

Please supply booklets as single pages in reading order. If your job is to be perfect bound and requires a spine then the cover should be supplied as a separate file.

Other file formats

Any other file formats not listed above must be saved as an eps or jpeg. If there are any changes to the job, you may have to amend and re-submit the artwork as we may be unable to change it. Ensure your files have bleed and crop marks and please confirm the final size of the artwork.