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Print Design Guide

Sizes

Paper Size Guide

 

A0  1189 x 841 mm A5 210 x 148 mm
A1 841 x 594 mm A6 148 x 105 mm
A2 594 x 420 mm A7 105 x 74 mm
A3 420 x 297 mm A8 74 x 52 mm
A4 297 x 210 mm DL 210 x 99 mm
Business Card 85 x 55 mm    

 

File types

We accept PDF, TIFF and JPEG files for print. Please note that a better image quality is printed using PDF or other non-compressed file formats.

 

Image Resolution

300dpi vs 72dpi

To ensure high quality printing resolution, images should be supplied at 300 dpi at 100% of the final output size. DPI stands for dots per inch. The higher dots per inch, the better the print quality. Artwork printed at 300 dpi will present crisp images and sharp text and line art, while artwork printed at 72 dpi will present blurry, pixelated images and text. Please note that most images found on the internet will be 72 dpi and are therefore will not be optimised for high quality printing.

For large format printing, we recommend images to be supplied at a minimum of 100 to 150 dpi. 

Colours

RGB vs CMYK

CMYK

When creating your artwork, please ensure that the colour space is set up as CMYK within the software application. Please also ensure that all transparencies are flattened. CMYK stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key (Black), and these are the ink or toner colours that are used to create a full colour (or 4 colour process) print.

 

RGB

Artwork supplied with RGB colours will result in unexpected print results. The RGB colour space is used by computer monitors, tablets, phones and other devices.

PANTONE SPOT COLOURS

Please ensure all Pantone spot colours are converted to CMYK, unless spot colours are ordered. Artwork supplied with spot colours will result in unexpected print results.

Layout

Printing Bleeds

BLEEDS AND SAFETY AREA

We require artwork to be supplied in the correct size with a 3 mm bleed, and a 3 mm safety margin. The bleed is the area that will be trimmed off when cutting to size. Your artwork must extend to the edge of the bleed, this cannot be white space. Our guillotines need this safety area to account for variations in cutting accuracy, and to avoid white edges in your finished product.

For example, if your artwork is 85 mm x 55 mm then you need to add 6 mm in total so that your artwork size will be 91 mm x 61 mm. We will cut away the bleed area, leaving you with a finished size of 85 mm x 55 mm.

Text and pertinent graphics should be 3 mm inside the cut line on each side. This will ensure no text or graphics are trimmed off during finishing.

BORDERS

If your artwork contains borders, please note that the borders may be uneven when finished due to variations in cutting accuracy (approx. 1 - 2 mm). These industry standard finishing variations are a limitation of borders in print media design. If borders are required in the design, we advise keeping the borders a safe distance away from the trim line (4 - 6 mm) to minimise the uneven appearance. 

PAGES OR SPREADS

We require booklets to be supplied as single PDF pages, with the front cover supplied as the first page of the PDF and the back cover as the last page. Booklets should be supplied in multiples of 4 pages. For example, a 13 page booklet will need a blank page.

Fonts

All fonts must be embedded or outlined. This ensures that your fonts will print as they apprear on screen.

We recommend a minimum font size of 7 pt.

Folding Options

Half fold
Half fold

Roll fold
Roll fold
Z-fold
Z fold
Gate Fold
Gate fold
Double Parallel Fold
Double Parallel
Cross Fold
Cross fold