Printing orders in which YOU, the client, are supplying the artwork/design, require the submission of complete " Press Ready" artwork in accordance with the specifications documented here. Any artwork submitted in an incomplete state may require a re-quotation and the print prices indicated for the product may not apply.
Printing Express accepts files from the following applications:
Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)
Adobe Illustrator (.ai, .eps)
Adobe InDesign (.indd)
Adobe Photoshop (.psd, .jpg, .tif, .eps)
If you do not have one of these formats, most industry standard programs allow you to save in PRESS QUALITY PDF format, which is also acceptable.
Files supplied in Corel Draw, Microsoft Word or any other Microsoft Office program are not considered press ready and may require change once converted to press ready format. Charges may apply to perform this service.
We support various transfer methods:
Uploading through our website (upload your own design)
E-mail (up to 10meg)
CD or flash drive
We require document page sizes to be as listed:
BC within 90mm x 55mm & 85x40mm
Our Standard BC Size 90x55mm
DL 99mm x 210mm
A6 105mm x 148mm
A5 148mm x 210mm
A4 210mm x 297mm
A3 297mm x 420mm
A2 420mm x 594mm
A1 594mm x 840mm
A0 840mm x 1189mm
Specific Artwork Guides for Banners, Promotional Products and Self Inking Stamps.
Different artwork specifications exist for Banners, Promo Products and Stamps. Please check with your customer service representative before supplying artwork for these products.
To ensure you get the best quality print job follow these simple rules:
Add BLEED if required:
Please make sure that 2mm bleed is placed on your artwork where needed. Artwork to be 1-up on a single page document.
Add TRIM MARKS where possible:
Trim marks tell us the exact size of your job and ensure that no vital information is accidently trimmed off.
PLEASE ENSURE all text is placed at least 3mm INSIDE the trim to allow for slight variations in trimming
Convert TEXT to OUTLINES:
Where possible convert your text to paths, curves or outlines.
Ensure IMAGES are HIGH RESOLUTION:
Please ensure that all images supplied are of a resolution of 300dpi at their final printed size.
Please Note: DO NOT ‘upsize’ low resolution images to 300dpi as this may result in a poor quality finished result.
Convert your images to CMYK:
If you are printing a job in FULL COLOUR make sure all images are CMYK (not RGB).
Please Note: SCREEN COLOURS ARE NEVER ACCURATE - please check your Pantone or CMYK specifications. Certain Pantone colours are outside the printable colour range of CMYK devices.
Supply all ATTACHED files:
Please remember to supply us with all the relevant files for output (eg. fonts and graphics) otherwise this may delay delivery.
BLEED – THE KEY TO EDGE TO EDGE PRINTING
Bleed is one of the most important factors to consider when sending your artwork to print. The subject of
bleed is often misunderstood though and it is one of the most common reasons we have to contact the
customer to re-supply their artwork.
What is Bleed? If part or all of a design is intended to meet the edge of the sheet it is printed onto then in printing terms
the parts that meet the edges are said to ‘bleed off’. They should be extended by at least 3mm so that the
excess can be guillotined off after printing. In addition, we recommend making sure that text and other vital
information remains at least 4mm inside the edges.
As you can see, the designer makes the design larger than the page that will be printed. The designer also
puts crop marks onto the work that show the actual intended size and act as cutting guides during the
Let us say that you wish us to print an A4 leaflet / poster with a background that covers the whole sheet. We would need to receive from you artwork that is actually bigger than A4 and with crop marks (1).
We would then print it on a larger sheet and use the crop marks to trim it down to A4 size - therefore
producing the desired finished result (2).