Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequent questions and answers

Can I have a different size ?

Yes you can. We can print non standard sizes on pretty much everything. We can also match previous printed artwork and print specifications. Simply email and we will be able to help.

What is bleed?

One of the most common problems is artwork presented without bleed. Most printed matter is printed oversize to allow for trimming. An a4 job for instance its TRIM size is 210x297mm, the BLEED size is 216x303mm. This allows a small margin of error when trimming your job to the finished size. Without bleed there will be every chance of a white edge on one or more sides. Please see this link for full details.

How do I produce a PDF?

All professional software allows you to save or print to a PDF. If you are using software that does not save as a PDF then you will need to use an online web base pdf writer service. These file types offers fail our flight checking and will delay your delivery date.

What do I need to open the files ?

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What is spot colour?

Spot colours use the Pantone system.They are and addition colour used when printing a job. Normally a spot colour is used when you require a colour to match your brand guidelines. If you require a specific red or blue then you create your artwork using CMYK plus Pantone 032 (red). Using spot colour significantly increase print costs, but do maintain brand colours. All our online prices are for CMYK print. Please contact us for spot colour printing and we will give you an estimate. Please see this link for details

I cannot see what I need here - can you help?

We can design, produce, print and post online everything from a business card to magazines. From a roller banner to Building graphics, from a promotional pen to car and van wraps. Our studio has been operating since 1989 – we have vast experience  all these areas, supplying design and print to some of the biggest names in the world.

What is the difference between UV Varnishing, varnishing and laminating?

Machine Sealing
This is a covering produced by the printer that seals the ink onto the paper to stop the ink rubbing and marking.

Varnishes are water based used to reduce or accentuate particular items on the printed page as well as improve durability of the item.

UV Varnish
UV Varnishes typically cover the page with a transparent coating. The UV part stands for ultra violet which is dried using ultra violet light. UV varnishes are usually seen covering the page in a smooth glossy coating that really brings out the colours in the page. Available in Matt and tints.

Spot UV
Worth mentioning separately as this is a technique where you can choose a particular item on the page to cover in UV varnish. It’s done to add vibrancy to the coated item and can really add impact; the contrast of the spot UV’d element to the rest of the page can be particularly eye-catching. This contrast can Be heightened by adding spot UV on top of matt laminated printing.

Textured Varnish
Textured varnish is a glossy varnish that overlays a slightly rippled, tactile finish to the page.

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What’s the difference between vector, raster and bitmap images?

A vector file is mathematical formula, raster and bitmaps images are pixel based, if you like – made from a series of dots.

Vector graphics or vector images are images that have been created in a vector drawing programs such as Corel or Illustrator. The paths and shapes created are processed mathematically. Vector art is resolution independent whatever size you enlarge the image, the output quality is never compromised. 

Raster Graphics (commonly called bitmap images) are made of pixels. Each pixel is actually a very small square that is assigned a colour when photographed or scanned. Each pixel makes up the image as a series of share dots. When you zoom in on a bitmap image you can see the individual pixels that make up that image. They have a fixed resolution and cannot be resized larger without losing quality.

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Can I use a JPEG for artwork?

NO. Don’t even ask. JPEGS have there own place somewhere but not in print. Never use JPEGS ever.

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Can I use Word for my artwork?

If you can prided a print ready PDF to our specifications then have a go, but expect failure. Word is great for producing written documents, it is not however suitable for producing artwork for print, the success rate is pretty dismal. Best to invest your time is something constructive and let professional produce your artwork.