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We like to think of our relationship as a partnership and, as with any partnership, a great outcome depends on partners working together.

Please check the artwork guidance notes on the link below which will ensure that your work proceeds quickly and efficiently to a successful outcome for the benefit of everyone.


Artwork Guidelines

We like to think of our relationship as a partnership and, as with any partnership, a great outcome depends on partners working together.

Please check the artwork guidance notes below which will ensure that your work proceeds quickly and efficiently to a successful outcome to the benefit of everyone.

File Format

We use the very latest Adobe PDF (Portable Document Format) Rip in our PRE-press department and our workflow is based on working with files sent to us as PDF’s. All work should be presented to us in this format.

Please ensure that you carefully check your PDF before sending it.Whilst software is usually reliable there is still a real possibility that something changes in the conversion from native file format to PDF.


File Pre Print Check - We check for:   

  • Artwork being central and backing up correctly.
  • That there is sufficient bleed and Quiet Area.
  • That fonts are embedded.
  • That all elements of the job are CMYK (RGB and Pantone colours may not print as expected in Full Colour)
  • That the quality of pictures and text is to print standard                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     (fig.1)
     

Where potential problems are highlighted we will (with your agreement) correct them if practical, often at no extra charge. Alternatively we will request a corrected file.

Artwork central and backing up correctly It is important that artwork is positioned centrally on the layout. Our pre-press system works from the centre of the page in aligning jobs for print. At pre-press the correct size aperture for the job to be printed is filled with the image on the page running out from the page centre. If the job is off centred then potentially only a portion of the job will appear in the aperture and be printed! (fig.1)

It is also important that jobs back up correctly with the orientation of each page being the same.We strongly recommend printing proofs from the PDF you have created to your own printer prior to submission. (fig.2)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     (fig. 2)
 

If the sheet holding the reverse image must be rotated to back up correctly with the front then the file should be altered! Making physical mock up will highlight potential errors which are not easy to see on screen. (fig. 3)

Bleed and Quiet Border

Understanding the need for Bleed and a Quiet border is vital if, as partners, we are going to achieve our joint aim of an excellent finished print job.We require Bleed to allow for the tolerance of our guillotines (the machine used for cutting your job after printing). Even with our state of the art equipment there is a margin of error with the operation. If your image finishes exactly at the edge of your required finished size then these small deviations may produce unsightly white flashes at the edge of your print. By extending your background colour or image beyond the edge of your finished job the effects of the same deviations are not noticeable.

We recommend that elements intended to go to the very edge of your finished job should extend 3mm beyond the edge.

                                                                                                                   
                          (fig.4)                                                                                                                                                        (fig.3)       

A Quiet Border is the distance you should allow from the edge of your finished page size for text, diagrams or images not going to bleed. The reason for the border is again the tolerance in cutting. If you have a design where the text runs to the very edge then the cutting deviation will result in some of your text being cut off!

With a very small Quiet Border even the smallest cutting devation could result in the finished job looking uneven.We recommend a Quiet Border where there is no text etc. of at least 5mm around the edges of your job.

Fonts

When creating your PDF it is important to specify that fonts used should be embedded.           
This is normally a tick box in the PDF export area of the programme or an option in an external PDF creator. If fonts are not embedded this can lead to unwanted fonts substituted and reject print.                                         (fig.5)

Photographs & Graphics

Photographs should be scanned at the size required in your artwork at 300dpi and saved as CMYK.

Please note: It is important that images are originated at this high quality. Re-sampling an image of a lower resolution (say 72dpi from the internet) to 400dpi does not improve its quality or make it suitable for high quality print.

Sending Your Files

Files should be sent to us through our online ordering system at www.1stoppc.co.uk - upload is requested during the order process.

This ultra fast system allows us to progress your order quickly and efficiently.We recommend compressing your files before sending them to us as this not only makes the transfer faster but also more reliable.

Free trial versions of excellent compression programmes are available, visit www.pkware.com for PKzip which is designed for PC, and visit www.stuffit.com/mac/deluxe for Stuffit which is designed for Mac. Exceptionally, where ordering online is not possible, we can take ‘manual’ orders and work with ‘hard’ media - CD’s DVD’s or USB Memory Sticks.

File Format

We use the very latest Adobe PDF (Portable Document Format) Rip in our PRE-press department and our workflow is based on working with files sent to us as PDF’s. All work should be presented to us in this format.

Please ensure that you carefully check your PDF before sending it.Whilst software is usually reliable there is still a real possibility that something changes in the conversion from native file format to PDF.