Artwork Specifications

Improperly prepared files can cause delays in your project: here’s everything you need to know before submitting your design files. If you have a specific question that isn’t covered in this guide, feel free to give us a call! 

Quick Checklist

  • All font files are included. 
  • Your page layout is correct. 
  • Your margins are set. 
  • Your artwork matches the specified dimensions of your print project.
  • All linked files, images, and fonts are placed in organized, seperate folders. 
  • Your colours are in CMYK mode. 

Bleeds

All artwork requires a ⅛” border that bleeds to the edge, so that there is no white space showing around your atwork. It’s important to keep your text and design features at least ¼” away from the paper’s edge or the trim line to prevent accidental cropping. 

Colour specifications

It’s important to keep in mind that your file’s colours might be affected by your monitor, screen resolution, and even the ambient lighting of the room you’re in. In order to ensure consistency and accuracy, make sure all of your colours are in CMYK mode.

Image specifications

  • All images and pictures should be 300 dpi. 
  • Rasterized text or logos should be 1200 dpi. 
  • Screen values should be between 133 lpi and 150 lpi. 
  • All files should be saved at 100% of actual size for quality offset reproduction. 
  • All files should be saved in PDF format with fonts embedded. 

Digital Proofs

We provide PDF files as electronic soft proofs. These digital proofs show you the layout and design elements of your project, but cannot be a guarantee of colour accuracy due to inevitable differences in monitor, screen resolution, and ambient lighting. If colour accuracy is a priority for you, please ask for a hard copy proof rather than a digital one. Scan all transparencies and line art at 100% of final size, unless your data size is prohibitive. If this is the case, scan at ¼ or ½ of the final size.