We know that creating artwork for print can be a minefield of technical jargon and when we ask questions like ‘please can you add bleed to your artwork’ you are actually thinking ‘what on earth IS bleed and why is it needed?'. It can get very confusing and stressful, particularly if you have already created your artwork without taking these basic requirements into consideration. Of course we are always here to create artwork for you, but we are equally aware that many customers want to do this themselves.
To help make the process as simple and pain-free as possible we have created the helpful hints guide to creating your own print-ready artwork (see link below). Please download and print a copy to help you on your way and feel free to pass it on to friends if needed.
For most printing processes we require artwork supplied to be supplied high-resolution PDF with images at least 300 dpi and all fonts embedded, bleed set to 3mm and including crop marks. Your files will also need to be setup correctly for colour depending on whether we are printing black and white, spot colour(s), or four-colour process. If you work in professional design you should be familiar with all these terms. If you don’t or are unsure, please just call us as early as possible in the process so we can help.
Some web applications such as canva.com are excellent in helping you to create your own artwork but do require a deeper level of preparation for professional printing use. To use that platform to generate print ready PDFs please click on the follwing link.
Click here for our Canva guidance notes
(please note these are only guidelines as we are not Canva experts).
If you are using our web shop to purchase your printing then some specifications are provided and several templates are available to help you. If in doubt please call us on 01449 721599.
If you are sending us your artwork and it's under 10mb in size then you can email it to firstname.lastname@example.org but if it is larger please use the WeTransfer service accessible via our File Upload link. If you have any further questions then please get in touch. We are here to help.
However you send it to us, once we receive your artwork we will check it and, if possible, prepare it for printing. If there are any issues we will come back to you. It is as simple as that.