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It is always best to supply a hi-resolution Adobe PDF with fonts and images embedded, including bleed and trim/crop marks. If supplying from design files we can take InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator, Creative Suite 6, Version 8.0
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Bleed is a printers term used for the image or colour that flows beyond the cut edge of your print. 3mm bleed needs to be added at the artwork stage to each edge to avoid strips of white paper showing on the edges of your print, when trimmed to the finished size. When creating your PDF ensure you have your bleed setting ticked with a 3mm allowance set.
All artwork supplied for printing should have trim/crop marks, to denote the finished size of the item. When creating your PDF ensure you have your trim/crop marks ticked and offset by 3mm.
As well as bleed, you should allow a margin in your artwork setup, usually no less than 4mm on each edge (more if it suits your design), to avoid your text and objects from being so close to the edge they look misplaced (or even worse, could get trimmed off due to printing and finishing tolerances).
What you see on your screen can only be used as a guide for colour printing. The actual printed item won’t match your screen as the colour formation for screen and print is different. Always set artwork up using Pantone colour or CMYK. If there is a specific colour you want to match to from the Pantone range, set your artwork using this and tell us when supplying the artwork what your Pantone reference is. Software such as Microsoft Word and Powerpoint don’t support CMYK so we will do our best to achieve the best result of colour for you.
Images need to be 300dpi resolution. Images should never be ‘taken’ from the internet as these are usually only 72dpi for screen viewing only (and you also don’t have permission to use the image which could be breaching copyright). We are more than happy to buy images on your behalf with printing permissions, or point you in the right direction so you can source them yourself.
If you require your document to be professionally proofread prior to printing, please let us know. We can arrange this and let you know the expected cost for this service.
  • Have you proofread your document?
  • Are your images 300dpi?
  • Have you got your correct document size, including margins and bleed?
  • Are your colours set correctly (Pantone/CMYK)?
  • Are all your images and fonts embedded in your PDF?
Finished item standard sizes:
Business card – standard size 55x85mm
Compliment Slip DL – 99x210mm
A7 105x74mm
A6 148x105mm
A5 210x148mm
A4 297x210mm
A3 420x297mm
A2 594x420mm
A1 840x594mm
A0 1188x840mm
For setting up your artwork document, the above sizes should be 6mm larger on each dimension to allow for bleed.
VAT on print is a bit of a minefield.
Not all printed items are subject to VAT.
Printed stationery such as Business Cards, Compliment Slips and Letterheads are subject to VAT.
Postcards, Posters & Banners are subject to VAT.
Flyers and Brochures are generally zero rated (but this is dependent on the content).
If you are in doubt, either visit: www.gov.uk search VAT on Print, Notice 701/10 (December 2011) or please get in touch, we will be happy to help.
  • 4pp
  • 6pp Roll fold
  • 6pp Concertina fold
  • 8pp Stitched Booklet (and more, increases in multiples of 4pp sections)
  • Gatefold
  • Stepped Fold
  • Long 8pp (half and half again)

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