Artwork Checklist

So you’ve got your own design ready? Great! Before you upload, follow this quick checklist to make sure your file is suitable to print. If someone else is designing your artwork, kindly refer them here too.

 

How’s the quality?
A great quality printed product starts at the source. Endeavour to produce your artwork in high resolution; 300dpi is the perfect resolution for print. Where possible, work in CMYK colour mode to ensure colours are reproduced accurately. Tip: If you’re sourcing images and text from online, a larger file size usually indicates a higher resolution image (e.g. 1,000kb > 500kb), thus a better finished product.

 

File type
The file you upload should be a PDF (Portable Document Format), at the best quality that you can produce. Most programs give you the option to save or ‘print’ to PDF. This ensures we get to see the file in all its glory, everything in its right place.

 

Is it the right size?
It might sound obvious to some, but the first thing to check is that your file is the correct size and proportions. Tip: A-sizes are all the same proportion; each A-size sheet is half the size of the last. For instance A5 is half of A4, A4 is half of A3, and so on.

 

Bleed and trim marks
You may have heard this term before. It’s really quite simple. ‘Bleed’ essentially gives the printer a greater margin for error. On anything where the design or background colour goes off the edge of the page, we require the artwork to be an extra 1.5mm larger in each dimension. If possible, include trim marks to avoid any doubt of where the job is to be cut.

 

Safe area
Usually 3mm around the edges of the page, the safe area is an imaginary border that ideally you shouldn't place any text or images. Slight movements can occur in the printing process and keeping clear of the safe area will ensure that what's meant to be on the page, stays on the page.