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FILE FORMATS

All files must be supplied in one of our two approved formats described below. Orders supplied with incorrect files cannot be processed until suitable replacements have been provided.

To ensure you supply your artwork to the correct specification please download the pdf spec sheet for your product and follow the simple guidelines.

- Press Ready PDF

PDF's are our preferred file format. We suggest that the best way to create a PDF is to use Adobe Acrobat Distiller to convert or "distil" an eps or postscript file exported from your original document. We recommend that only "Press Quality" or "Print Quality" conversion settings should be used as other options may produce inferior print.

If you have created your original artwork using an Adobe application such as InDesign or Illustrator you can export directly from these programmes in PDF format but you will need to pay careful attention to the export settings to ensure they match our checklist below.

Please note: PDF's files exported directly from programmes such as Word and Powerpoint often have printing errors or produce inferior results.

Essential PDF checklist:
  • - Use Quark Express, Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop or Freehand to create your original artwork, then export an eps and distil it using Adobe Acrobat Distiller.
  • - All fonts should be properly embedded in the pdf or outlined first (convert to paths).
  • - For full colour printing, images should be in CMYK not RGB colour mode.
  • - Convert any spot colours to CMYK.
  • - Ensure all images in the original document are the correct resolution.
  • - Include the appropriate amount of bleed as specified in the product spec sheet.
  • - Flatten layers and transparencies in the original document before creating your PDF.
  • - Specify 'Print Quality or Press Quality' conversion settings.

- JPEG

JPEG's are often useful if you need to send us a flattened Photoshop file at full print size. Please note: As JPEG's use only bitmap information they are not always suitable for enlargement.

Essential JPEG checklist:
  • - Use the correct colour mode and resolution as specified in the product spec sheet
  • - Include the appropriate amount of bleed as specified in the product spec sheet.
  • - Do not use small text as this may look fuzzy when printed or enlarged.
  • - Use the least compression possible as high compression is visible in large format print.