We want your artwork to work out perfectly, the first time. The first stage towards ensuring that your artwork looks as it should is to ensure the artwork you supply is correctly set up for print. Following the simple steps below will ensure all goes well!
Our Digital presses print on larger oversized paper, usually with many copies of your artwork laid out on one sheet. We then cut all edges of your order to ensure a neat finish and allow the print to fill the page (digital presses cannot print right to the edge of the sheet). For example, a 5x7 flyer would usually be printed with four copies per sheet on an oversized 11x17 sheet, then trimmed to size.
There is also an unavoidable risk of up to 1/16 inch movement between each sheet as it runs through the press. For this reason, we need the following to be adhered to.
Supply one up at the correct size.
Booklets should be supplied with sequential pages in one file, not in printers pairs.
PDF files only.
CMYK color space at 300dpi.
Embedded fonts or fonts converted to curves.
.125 bleed all round, with a .125 safe zone inside this and crop marks.
Avoid large areas of solid color to prevent banding. (horizontal or vertical lines, streaks in the printed output)
Any image that goes right to the edge of the page should be extended .125 past the canvas size, allowing a .125 bleed which will be trimmed off.
In addition, you should keep all text and important elements .125 away from the edge of the trim, creating a safe zone. This will ensure nothing is trimmed off due to sheet movement when cut.