Artwork guidelines

Should my artwork contain bleed?

Yes, when looking for an edge to edge print it is recommended that you provide a 3mm bleed around all edges. This allows for tolerances in cutting equipment and ensures that your print can run to the edge.

What is the best resolution for printing?

150 dpi at full size for large format printing (A2 and larger). 200dpi for smaller files.

How should I prepare my files?

  • Photoshop documents need to be flattened or merged –to preserve formatting.
  • CAD or vector files would be safest as a PDF or illustrator AI files (read our Illustrator file guide).
  • For Autocad disappointment is best avoided by binding xrefs and including a CTB file for your pen settings.
  • InDesign files should be packaged to include all fonts and images, or exported as a print ready PDF (read our InDesign file guide).
  • Illustrator files are best provided with all linked files embedded and all fonts outlines. This way we can be sure that it will look as you intend.
  • JPEG files can just be provided as they are, however please consider the resolution depending on the size you wish to print.

Setting up files for perfect binding

  • Allow 3mm of bleed on all artwork for perfect binding.
  • Ensure that there is at least a 10mm safety margin on all sides for important content.
  • Provide a separate file for the cover (this can be a double sided document).
  • Files should be provided as .pdf documents.

What are the most common paper sizes?

The sizes used in the UK are European ‘A’ sizes. A table of the most common of these sizes can be seen below. We are able to print to most sizes and can crop to suit your needs.

European ‘A’ sizes

A6105mm x 148.5mm
A5148.5mm x 210mm
A4210mm x 297mm
A3297mm x 420mm
A2420mm x 594mm
A1594mm x 841mm
A0841mm x 1188mm
Add 6mm to each dimension to calculate sizes with 3mm bleed.