Print Ready Artwork

A5---BlankA lot of the time we will give you a significantly lower price, especially on short run orders, if you are providing your own print ready artwork. But what does that really mean? The chances are that if you don’t know then it probably isn’t print ready but I’ll let you in on what we mean regardless.

Firstly it has to be at print resolution. For most printing we require your image or artwork to be supplied at the size you want at with the resolution of 300ppi. Most graphics packages have the ability to set both the size (in mm or inches) and the ppi when you create a new document so it’s worth looking out for when you begin creating your artwork. If you have images as part of your artwork bear in mind that if you pull them from other sources like facebook, the internet , or even your phone may not be high enough resolution depending on the size of your print job. We can still print those but there may be some slight pixelation or blurring on your final product. It’s always best, when in doubt, to get the largest size images you can possibly find. For illustrator users please don’t forget to embed your images before you send the illustrator file.

Secondly you should keep all vital information like text at least 4mm form the edges. In addition to this we also need you to have to have a 3mm bleed on your print. If your artwork has colour that goes all the way to the edge of your page then this is very important. The way edge to edge print works is you actually print larger than the final design and then cut it down to size. So When you setup your document to create your artwork add an extra 4mm to the top, bottom, left, and right so that when we cut into it you’ll have a document the correct size.

We have a great number of templates over on our templates page that you can download and use as a starting point to create your artwork. Our goal is to make this as easy as possible so please take a look because they are completely free for you to download and use for absolutely anything you like. Just visit the page at the following link: http://www.aceprintwakefield.co.uk/free-templates/

One common error we encounter with artwork is that fonts are missing. The easiest way to fix this is to convert all of your fonts to curves or vectors in your graphics package before you sent the artwork to us. Alternatively you could always list out the fonts you’ve used in an email, let us know where to get them, or even attached the font files for us to use. If none of those options are available to you then you can always just save the artwork as a flat image. We can print from a .jpg file but that does limit our ability to make any small changes or corrections should you need them in the future.

If you have anymore questions feel free to contact us by phone, email, or even drop by the store in person.