Artwork guidelines

It is important to prepare your documents correctly to ensure they are printed correctly and to the best quality. This section highlights some of the main issues to be aware of when preparing artwork.

File formats

We accept a range of file formats, from virtually all professional publishing and graphics packages, including:

  • PDF
  • Illustrator
  • Photoshop
  • Publisher
  • Powerpoint
  • Word

Our preferred format for printing is PDF, for guidelines on preparing PDF files please see Creating PDFs.

If you are supplying files in their native format please make sure to also supply all linked images and fonts used in the document.

You can provide your documents by email, on DVD or CD, or USB stick.


All images should be saved at 300dpi resolution and at the correct physical size for the page. Images should be saved as TIFFs. Images from the web are usually 72dpi and are not suitable for print.

Make sure all your graphics are scaled in proportion when laying out your document.

Any vector graphics you supply should have all fonts embedded or outlined.

All images should be supplied in CMYK format.


If you are using bold or italic fonts in your document make sure they are the actual styled version of the font from the font list, not just italicised or bolded using the buttons in your layout package.

Trims and bleeds

If any element of your page is against the edge of the document it needs to be ‘bled off’. It should extend off the page by a minimum of 3mm.

Any elements that are not up to the edge of your document should be a minimum of 5mm from the edge of the page, if they are closer they could be trimmed off during finishing.

Final check

Make sure you check your document before you send the final version to us. Make sure everything is correct, including spelling, graphics, layout, page numbers and page bleeds.


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