In order for us to assist you with your printing needs, we need the following:


File Formats Accepted


a.     Press ready PDF - with fonts embedded, for best results high resolution 300dpi, X-1A or X-3 PDF file

b.     Quark Express – supply fonts and images

c.     Illustrator – fonts converted to outlines

d.     Freehand – fonts converted to paths

e.     Photoshop – layers flattened, at least 300 dpi, JPEG or Tiff

f.      Corel Draw – fonts converted to Curves

g.     Indesign - fonts converted to outlines


Supplying Native Files - When supplying native files e.g. Quark Express, please ensure all elements, document, images and fonts are in one folder and please compress using Stuffit or similar to .sit or zip files before sending.


Supplying PDF Artwork - We prefer all artwork to be supplied as high-resolution PDF format.


CMYK not RGB Please! - Please ensure that all embedded images are CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black) files. RGB images may look good on your screen but final output to print is always in CMYK. One should be aware that files converted from RGB to CMYK may alter the colour composition significantly!


Microsoft Office Files - If you are creating a PDF from a MS Publisher or Word file, care must be taken to ensure spot colours are created correctly in your original documents. Do not set to RGB (Red, Green, Blue) colours as they cannot be printed as such.


Imposition - Please do not supply imposed pages or "printers pairs" because our workflow includes imposition software to impose correctly for our printing processes.


Fonts - Include all fonts you have used in the file. Whilst we have an extensive font collection, there is no guarantee that the version you have used matches ours. This can create problems with line lengths and spacing of the type.


Lineart and Images - Scanned colour and greyscale images should be 300dpi at the final size in the document submitted for output. Images should be submitted as TIFF's, JPEG's or EPS.


Bleed - One of the most important elements in artwork for printing!  Please ensure that there is 3mm bleed all around the PDF, i.e. save the PDF with 6mm added to each measurement (for A4 save as 216mm x 303mm). Crop marks may be included if you wish. If your artwork is supplied without bleed we may not always be able to add it on for you and you may have to amend and re-supply the artwork.


Crop Marks - Crop marks should be included if artwork does not fill a whole page area (i.e. no bleed). They should be 5mm long, 3mm outside of the page area and coloured in the colour 'registration' to ensure they appear on each colour separation. Please ensure that artwork is supplied at the correct finished size required. If this is not possible, please inform us.