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Supplying print ready files to your printer

 

PDF’s
It is recommend by most print suppliers that you supply a press ready PDF file where possible. All fonts must be embedded and the file must be high resolution (at least 300dpi or higher to achieve the best possible results). The file needs to ideally be in CMYK, (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black), RGB files can be printed on most digital and large format printers but the colour reproduction can be unpredictable.

Bleed
All designs that bleed off the edge of a document must have a bleed area of at least 3mm to ensure no white edge appears when guillotined down to finished size.

Hard Copy
It is good practice to supply a hard copy of your artwork by post where practical. This helps to see what you intended and your artwork can be checked for any text or image shift within your supplied print ready files.

Sofware that can be accepted by your printers include:

Quark Xpress
The best way to send these files are as follows: under the file menu within quark xpress go to collect all the images and fonts used within your document – all images should be within 20% of actual size printed and in CYMK colour space saved at least 300dpi.

Adobe Photoshop
Always flatten your layers before supplying your artwork – RGB files can be used for Large format and digital printing, CYMK colour mode needs to be used if your order is going to be printed Litho (see next weeks blog for the difference between Litho and digital print).

Adobe Illustrator
All fonts used must be converted to outlines to unsure a substitute font is not used when the file is ripped

Microsoft Word
It can be very difficult to supply print ready files from this programme. See supply pdf above, as a preferred option and you will see from the result exactly how it will print.

Microsoft Excel
Microsoft excel is only designed as a spreadsheet programme – it is very difficult to supply print ready files from this programme. see supply pdf above, as a preferred option and you will see from the result exactly how it will print.

 

Microsoft Publisher
Microsoft publisher is only designed as an office based print layout
programme – it is very difficult to supply commercial print ready files from this programme. See supply pdf above, as a preferred option and you will see from the result exactly how it will print.

 

Please feel free to give a call to discuss any of the above programmes with our in-house design team – always here to help.

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