Press ready PDF - with fonts embedded, for best results high
Quark Express – supply fonts and images
Illustrator – fonts converted to outlines
Freehand – fonts converted to paths
Photoshop – layers flattened, at least 300 dpi, JPEG or Tiff
Corel Draw – fonts converted to Curves then export as Illustrator AI
Indesign - fonts converted to outlines
If you wish to submit artwork created using a program not listed above we will try to accommodate you but please call us to discuss first on 01243 830367
Supplying Native Files
When supplying native files e.g. Quark Express, please ensure all elements, document, images and fonts are in one folder and please compress using Stuffit or similar to .sit or zip files before sending.
Supplying PDF Artwork
We prefer all artwork to be supplied as high-resolution PDF format. PDF's are rapidly becoming the standard file format for transmitting files for printing, but it is important to prepare your PDF file in the correct way
Correct Preparation of PDF Files
When creating a PDF in Acrobat Distiller, there are job options which must be set for commercial printing. These include default resolution, compression settings and font embedding.
Please ensure you choose high resolution. Compression settings for colour and greyscale should be down sampled to 300dpi with "auto compression" set on high. Bitmapped (monochrome: i.e. line art) images should be set at 600dpi. Font embedding should be set to "embed all fonts."
Please do not supply imposed pages or “printers pairs” because our workflow includes imposition software to impose correctly for our printing processes.
If you are supplying a document with multiple pages, please try and make the front and back cover of the document a separate file, and supply as single pages in page order. Also, please remember to allow for “creep” - we suggest you keep all text and copy at least 5mm away from the trimmed edge.
One of the most important elements in artwork for printing! Please ensure there is 3mm bleed all round the PDF, i.e. save the PDF with 6mm added to each measurement (i.e. for A4 usually 210mm x 297mm, save as 216mm x 303mm). Crop marks may be included if you wish. If your artwork is supplied without bleed we may not always be able to add it on for you and you may have to amend and re-supply the artwork.
CMYK not RGB Please!
Please ensure that all embedded images are CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black) files. RGB images may look good on your screen but final output to print is always in CMYK. One should be aware that files converted from RGB to CMYK may alter the colour composition significantly!
Microsoft Office Files
If you are creating a PDF from a MS Publisher or Word file, care must be taken to ensure spot colours are created correctly in your original documents. Do not set to RGB (Red, Green, Blue) colours as they cannot be printed as such.
Supplying EPS Files
Any other file formats not listed above must be saved as an eps or jpeg. If there are any changes to the job, you may have to amend and re-submit the artwork as we may be unable to change it. Ensure your files have bleed and crop marks and please confirm the final size of the artwork and supply a hard copy for reference.
Bleed and Crop Marks
All artwork must have 3mm bleed if you require the image to bleed off the edge of the paper. Crop marks should be included if artwork does not fill a whole page area (i.e. no bleed). They should be 5mm long, 3mm outside of the
page area and coloured in the colour 'registration' to ensure they appear on each colour separation.
Please ensure that artwork is supplied at the correct finished size required. If this is not possible, please inform us to allow time for amending the artwork.
Include all fonts you have used in the file. Whilst we have an extensive font collection, there is no guarantee the version you have used matches ours. This can create problems with line lengths and spacing of the type.
Express Printing assumes all fonts supplied are licensed and takes no responsibility for embedded fonts.
Lineart and Images
Scanned colour and greyscale images should be 300dpi at the final size in the document submitted for output.
Images should be submitted as TIFF's, JPEG's or EPS.
Lineart (bitmapped) should be 600-1200dpi at the final size in the document submitted for output.
Sending Artwork on Disk
CD Rom, DVD, and USB memory sticks can be sent to:
Express Printing Limited,
Elbridge Business Centre, Chichester Road,
Bognor Regis, West Sussex PO21 5EF
Tel: 01243 830367 Fax: 01243 841466
If you need any help with sending your artwork please contact us.