Submitting your own files:


First of all we need to be Frank. Or Trixy. Or whatever tickles your fancy. But seriously, if you want to submit your own files you need to follow a few simple rules to ensure the best possible final outcome. We will print what you give us. And you've heard the old saying" "rubbish in, rubbish out". If we had a $ for every time a client incorrectly told us: "I've got print-ready artwork" ....well, we wouldn't be sitting here writing this!! Even if you really, really think you know what you're doing...please read on.
Remember: "Print ready" files provided by a client means that we have no obligation to even open the file before sending it off to print. If you want to be sure, to be sure (as they say in Ireland) - then ask us to check it out for you but be prepared to take criticism (constructive, of course).

Let's start with page sizes DOWNLOAD PRINT SPECIFICATIONS


You have to get your page size right to start with, then add 2mm bleed to each edge wherever colour runs off the edge of the media. So, for example, a business card is trimmed to 90mm x 55mm. So your bleed must extend to 90mm x 58mm. This means that when trimmed, you won't end up with nasty white edges. Make sense? For multi-page booklets, add extra bleed and for fridge magnets stick 5mm on each edge.
Avoid thin borders at all costs, and keep your text or important images well away from the edges - at least 5mm.
Anyway, text right on the edges looks dreadful!
Don't forget the crop marks - very important.



Or option 2 – You can make up your own fantasy card

Getting the colours right
Ahhh - the age old problem of colour matching. If we're printing in spot colours - no problem, we can match your Pantone (PMS) colours to pretty much perfect. BUT, if your job is made up of CMYK- cyan, magenta, yellow and black then it's a different story. When printing in four colour process the results can be affected by any number of conditions so the chances of your colours being exactly spot on are pretty slim. If you want exact colour matching we'll have to print your job as a stand-alone job which means you'll pay a lot more - ask us for a quote if colours will be a big issue for you.
With four colour process, you must supply all images as CMYK - we don't use Red, Green or Blue ink so please don't send us RGB files - your bitmaps will come out washed out and you won't be happy, Jan. If you supply files that contain spot colours then our process will retain those colours and you'll end up paying a packet. So, ensure that all vectors and bitmaps are made up of CMYK values only.
Avoid tints of less than 10% of either C, M, Y or K as they can print much lighter than they appear on your screen. For best results go for 10% - 30% tints.
Another rule of thumb is to keep it simple - the more special effects you use, the more chance you'll have of being disappointed if the colours don't come out as they look on your (illuminated) monitor.
Also, printing on different stocks will affect the colours - a colour that looks ultra glossy & vibrant on a coated gloss stock will look quite different when printed on porous laser stock letterheads. Ask our team to show you samples of colours on different stocks to be sure.

Working with Photos
If you're scanning photos yourself, save them as eithe EPS or TIFF files to get the best colour & clarity. If you're scanning a printed image out of a magazine then you'll need to remove the moire which actually blurs the image slightly. Always scan at 300dpi at the size you're going to use the images at. And remember to convert the images from RGB to CMYK.

Text
Don't EVER, EVER create text in a bitmap programme such as Photoshop. Sure, use Photoshop or Photopaint to produce bitmap images for photos or backgrounds, but please don't use them for text. Instead, import your bitmaps into Illustrator or Corel Draw and overtype the text as vectors so that it's nice and sharp. Pixellated text looks dreadful. Remember to always convert your text to curves, paths or outlines otherwise you might end up with a totally different font.

This is Vector Text