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Artwork File Format

Press Quality PDF

Our preference for all incoming artwork files is PDF of press quality or PDF/X-1a. These settings can be selected under print properties when writing your PDF. We only recommend creating PDFs using Adobe Acrobat software. Also when viewing your PDF for checking purposes, before submitting to us, please only do so in Adobe Acrobat Professional or Reader. The PDF should include bleed over and above the trim size of the job.

Artwork Setup

Below is a general summary of how to set up files before creating your pdf. It is intended as a guide only and does not cover the entire scope of setting up artwork.

Applications and Fonts

  • QuarkXpress, Indesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and PDF files should be print optimized (300 dpi images) all fonts embedded. (choose press quality when writing your PDF on a PC)
  • Word, Publisher, Excel and PowerPoint files are accepted but will be converted to pdf and proofed back.
  • Please outline all fonts if supplying an illustrator or freehand EPS.


  • All artwork needs to be CMYK or greyscale unless your job includes Pantone colours that are to be printed. Please convert RGB images to CMYK before embedding.
  • Standard four-color printing process is used plus special Pantone colours if required.
  • Pantone colours that are present in CMYK jobs will be converted to process (CMYK). Unless otherwise specified by you.

Scans and Images

  • All colour images should be CMYK colour mode.
  • Scanned or bitmapped images should be 300 dpi.
  • Images that are intended to be printed in a spot (Pantone) colour should be made to monotone in Photoshop first. Or alpha channels/ doutone can be used.

Final Files

  • Quark or Indesign PC files are accepted but print optimised PDF files are preferred. (Choose press quality)
  • Include all fonts, postscript screen fonts and printer fonts if not supplying pdf.
  • All files MUST include all fonts and images used in the document as these are not embedded into the Quark/Indesign document. (This is the case for both PC and Mac)


  • Please always supply and extra 3mm of image bleed in addition to the final cut size of the job. This is to prevent white lines (gaps) showing around the edge of the printed job when it is cut down to size on the guillotine.


  • We normally supply a ripped proof back to you showing final output files used to print from.
  • If you require a printed proof this will be charged as an extra.

Don’t have any artwork?

If you don’t have artwork and require us to create it please contact us.