FORMAT: EPS, PDF, TIFF or JPEG
We advise that artwork is generated only in the following design programs; Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat. Use of other programs can produce unwanted results.
Artwork should be saved in PDF, EPS, TIFF, or JPEG format
Please save all Photoshop files as either uncompressed TIFF files or Photoshop EPS files. All Photoshop files must be flattened prior to saving, TIFF files saved with layers or EPS files containing vector information may not work correctly when the file is ripped and may generate unwanted results.
COLOR MODE: CMYK or RGB
Please prepare your files using CMYK or RGB as the color mode, do not use both in one file. We cannot take responsibility for any unexpected results experienced from artwork supplied in both color modes.
It is impossible to cut exactly to the edge of your design. An overprint on each side is required. This overprint is called “bleed”. Any document that is being professionally printed will require a bleed area and a safe zone providing the print runs to the edge of the document.
The industry standard is to have 2mm of bleed on each edge and a 2mm safe zone inside. This means that the length of each side will be 4mm longer. For example an A4 sheet when lined up correctly with bleed will be 214mm x 301mm. It will then be cut down to its finished size of 210mm x 297mm. The table provided contains the correct dimensions of most standard documents lined up with a bleed area.
Some software does not allow you to have bleeds — Photoshop is one of those programs. The way to solve the bleeds issue on those programs is to make your job 6mm larger than the size it will be when it is finished.
SAFE ZONE: 3 MM
The safe zone is the 3mm inside of the cutting edge in which no text or important information should be placed. Any graphics in this area risk being clipped during cutting.Make sure colors, background pictures and layouts extend into the bleed area so as to avoid leaving white lines as a result of cutting tolerances.
RESOLUTION: min 75 DPI
Any artwork supplied lower than 75DPI will print pixelated. All non-vector artwork should be supplied at a minimum of 150DPI when scale is 1:1.
All fonts used should be embedded (PDF’s) or converted to outlines (EPS, TIFF).