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