PLEASE READ as Correct File Preparation is very important to ensure a good quality product, within the time requested.
The ideal start of a project is to contact your printer first to find out the specific requirements they will need so that you can get the best quality necessary. The below details are mostly industry standard and what we require.
The biggest confusion that occurs between clients and printers is the difference between pages and leaves.
A leaf is a sheet of paper and a page is typically a side of the paper, in other words, a leaf of paper printed single-sided, would be 1 page, but a leave leaf of paper printed double-sided would then be 2 pages.
Please make the use of Desktop Publishing Software (provide example). Try and avoid using software like Word, PowerPoint or Works, etc, as they are NOT suitable for most design tasks.
Please ensure that all your colour and pictures are CMYK, NOT RGB or Spot Colours. RGB is used for viewing colours on a computer screen, like this website.
CMYK, however, is used for printed material.
What do they stand for:
Please ensure that all your pages have the required bleed as well as ‘safe’ is needed to ensure a professional looking print after it has been cut. It is important that you supply all your artwork with 3mm bleed and 5 mm ‘safe area’. If you are unsure of what bleed and ‘safe area’ is, please kindly click here.
Be careful that you only use Rich Black where needed, as fonts and areas often look bolder when Rich Black (containing all 4 colours) is used.For nice solid black areas and the best quality, we suggest that you use 30% Cyan, 30% Magenta,30% Yellow, and 100% Black.
To achieve clean and professional constant greys, we suggest that you use the same formula as the previous point, just with lesser amount of inks.
Please check your overprint settings carefully.
Please be careful when setting a colour to overprint over other colours. White in CMYK is 0%, so if you overprint 0% ink over other colours, it will simply NOT print. All overprinting must be correct in a supplied print ready PDF as the printer will not be able to change it!
A common mistake is to set white text to overprint, which will NOT print.
Make sure that the page sizes are correct for your requirement, especially when you have a book and a cover.
Make sure that all your Fonts are fully embedded in the PDF, not Subset
Please try and avoid text smaller than 7 points, as it often becomes very difficult to read.Make sure that you only have High-Resolution Pictures in your document, minimum of 180dpi. Lower resolution compromises image quality and may result in pixilation (where the pixels, tiny squares or dots that make up the image, are apparent when printed). WARNING: Opening a 72 dpi image in Photoshop and simply changing the dpi to 300 will not increase the quality of the image.
If your project involves folding, please make sure that the folds are correct and marked outside the print area.
Please make sure to supply ONLY the completed, final and combined file on a SINGLE source ( I.e. Flash drive, CD, etc) that has NOTHING else except for the file to be printed. This will prevent page order issues, as well as incorrectly printing the wrong file.
A separate file for the cover is requested to ensure a streamlined print process.
If you send more than one order at a time, please put them in different folders, to avoid any confusion and mistakes.
Imposition is not necessary as we have specialised settings to work with our machines for the most satisfactory result.
If you follow all of the info above you shouldn't have any major issues in getting your designs printed.