How to send your print ready artwork

We would never just print what you send us without checking your file first, should there be an issue we would advise you of it straight away. All files sent to us will automatically get a free artwork check. We don’t want you to have any nasty surprises. If your design doesn’t meet our guidelines outlined below, we will let you know.

We understand that preparing your own artwork can often be a little confusing. We’ve compiled a quick guide below which will hopefully help with any queries you may have.

So what are some of the things you need to look out for?

  1. Low resolution or RBG pictures
  2. Corrupted fonts
  3. Incorrect usage of colours such as pantone colours in a full colour job
  4. Transparency issues relating to incorrect PDF output
  5. Fonts not being embedded in PDF files
  6. No bleed to allow for finishing (See Print Finishing)
  7. Trapping issues like overprinting colours

Design

‘Print ready’ artwork means you provide us with a file which we will print directly from. This file will need to be in PDF format. If you don’t have ‘print ready’ artwork to send us we can create it for you. Our talented team of graphic designers will work with your ideas and preferences to give you a design that compliments your business.

PDF Files

If you have artwork which you would like to print from, we will need it sent in PDF format. You will need to use PDF software, or if using Publisher or Word, save the file in PDF format. You will need to ensure all PDF files are flattened.

Double sided artwork to be supplied in a 2 page PDF – 1 file containing 2 pages.

Page 1 will be considered the front and page 2 the reverse.
Page 1 will be considered the outside and page 2 the inside on a folded leaflet.
The number of pages in a booklet must be a multiple of 4 e.g 4 pages, 8 pages, 12 pages, 16 pages.
Booklets need to be supplied as single pages, not spreads or ‘printer’s pairs’.
Pages must be in sequential order starting with the front cover as page 1 and the back of the cover as the last page.
e.g. 12pp booklet = 1 PDF containing 12 pages – not 12 separate PDFs.

Artwork to be supplied at the correct size (with bleed)

E.g. Don’t supply a PDF with a business card set in the middle of an A4 size document unless you actually want it to be printed as an A4 size document. We will print your PDF file at the size you have provided it. Please avoid US sizes, these are often a default size in the Microsoft suite. They are not standard sizes and we will not be able to proportionately scale your artwork to fit a standard ‘A’ sized page.

Bleed

We require 3mm bleed on all jobs, apart from large format printing and pop up banners, on these jobs we require 10mm bleed on all edges.

Safe Zone

5mm is the safest distance from the trim edge

Embed or outline fonts
Minimum resolution is 300dpi at 100%
Before sending your file open and check all your pages for any errors that may have occurred when converting the original document to PDF.

Artwork Submission

If you wish to supply your own artwork for us to print, please ensure it complies with our artwork checklist before submission.

Send your artwork files to us at info@printstafford.com or via wetransfer.com – either click on the link below or visit www.wetransfer.com

1) Open a new browser window and visit www.wetransfer.com
2) Click on the “+ Add files” button
3) Select the file(s) you wish to send
4) Enter the email address of the person you’re sending the files to: info@printstafford.com
5) Enter your own email address.
6) Write a short message if required
7) Click on the “Transfer” button

Free Artwork Check

Our team will look over your layout and design to check it will look right.

Free Artwork Check

Our team will look over your layout and design to check it will look right.

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