Artwork Specifications

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ACCEPTABLE FILE FORMATS FOR Large Format Printing: Adobe PDF – Adobe InDesign – Quark XPress – PhotoShop – Tiff files – Jpeg files – Adobe Illustrator – EPS files Any other file formats please inquire about their compatibility Files should be set up at 1/4 size using 300 dpi CMYK images. (Please note that when providing raw files such as Microsoft Excel, Word and Power Point these packages were not intended for this type of printing. Quite possibly these files will not print as intended or maybe not print at all. They will create additional cost to prepare).
IMAGE RESOLUTION, SIZE & SCALE: Ideally the final output resolution of images should be 200 – 300dpi. The higher the better. With the large print sizes available of some printed materials it can be hard to obtain original images that are of high enough resolution to obtain the desired DPI at final size. If this is the case then a minimum of 70 dpi can be acceptable, but be aware that with resolutions any lower than this images may be unacceptable. All text and line art (logos etc) should be vector art. Files should be supplied at 100% size unless over 5000mm. Anything exceeding this size should be scaled to suit. eg: 50%, 25%, 10%. In the case of reduced scaling, image resolution should be taken into account of the scaling ratio. eg: at 50%, placed images should be 600dpi, resulting in a final resolution of 300dpi when output at 100% final size. If you are creating a PDF, the downsampling settings will also need to be adjusted accordingly for final output size. BLEED: Please allow sufficient bleed for trimming and finishing. We prefer 10mm – 20mm with a minimum of 5mm. All printer marks and non-artwork should be outside of the bleed area. If creating PDFs, this will need to be set in PDF settings on a job by job basis by altering bleed amount and offset. When setting up art for banners with pockets avoid placing text, logos, critical artwork at least 50mm from the top or bottom of the layout to avoid joins/stitching applied to the pockets. COLOUR: We prefer files to be CMYK (CoatedFOGRA39 preferred). However, if using RGB images please ensure that profiles are included/embedded (Adobe RGB is preferred). When saving PDF files, please ensure that profiles are embedded. A PDF setting file can be obtained on request. FONTS: All used fonts should be outlined or supplied with your files. If sending fonts via internet, please ZIP them prior to sending to avoid corruption. FINAL NOTE: This document should be used as a guide only. Due to the wide variety of client requirements all contingencies cannot be accounted for. Please consult with your sales rep if you have any questions, queries, or special requirements.