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How to supply artwork

We show you the basic rules for how to supply artwork for print to Printgb. This is just a very brief check list of what to do. For your artwork to be produced accurately, please ensure that our artwork requirements below are followed.


In Short

  • We recommend you use the product templates if available
  • Check the size
  • Bleed to all printed items
  • Set CMYK as colour mode
  • Embed images
  • Convert fonts to outlines (large format)
  • Remove all visible template elements
  • Crop marks etc to be outside the bleed area (large format)
  • Supply a Print ready PDF
  • Use a concise, practical file name with job size


How to supply artwork in detail


Ensure you know the correct size of the job, and then double check.
The width is the first figure, eg: 85x55mm is 85mm wide and 55mm height.


Ensure that you artwork has bleed if required.
If you have a background image or colour that runs to the edge of your artwork you will need bleed.

Image area

From a design point we advice that all text is kept away from there trim edge of your document. As a guide we use 4mm in the case of business cards, 8mm for A5 flyers, 10 mm A4 flyers and brochures, 50mm roller banners.


Please ensure that you embed fonts when making your PDF.
So many people fail to supply an error free PDF we now ask that you outline the fonts as well. Trust us, even professionals have font problems.


Logos and icons should always be vector image to ensure best possible reproduction.


We recommend that your images should be at the following resolutions. Any less will result poor quality print.

Image sizes should be:-

  • For print 350dpi at 100% of size. 
  • For large format between 120dpi and 300dpi at 100%
  • All should be a TIFF or PSD for optimum quality
  • Do not use any compression on images such as LZW tif.
  • Please do not copy images from the internet. They are not yours and are often poor quality. It is your responsibility to ensure that you own the copyright or have written permission to use any images. It is not our responsibility to check. Remember you agree to indemnify us.
  • Remember when savings a PDF you amend the press settings


The colour Black

Do not use 100% black as a background colour. Please create a Rich black at 20/20/20/100

Crop Marks on Large format

Ensure that crop, document into and register marks are outside of the bleed area.

Pantone Colours and Colour Matching

Unless you understand Pantone colour maching system we advise that you
produce all artwork as CMYK

Ensure that you convert RGB colours to CMYK.

While our software is able to handle the conversion of Pantone colours to CMYK, due to the various factors involved, the result will not always be as intended. We accept no responsibility if you do not covert and the colours are incorrect.

If you require brand correct colour printing then please email us with your requirements.


Save your PDF as a ‘press ready’ PDF

File name

Needs to say what’s in the tin, concisely. So if you have Business card artwork for Taylor builders then the PDF file name could read something like

Taylor BCards 85x55mmx250.pdf

Important notes and disclaimer

If you are unsure of the terminology used in this document then please use a professional graphic designer to complete your artwork..

Your artwork is automatically flight checked and minor errors are adjusted on the fly. If your artwork passes that test we print; we do not inform you of minor changes.

If your artwork fails the flight check we will let you know.

Please note that we cannot be held responsible for issues contained in the supplied artwork itself such as spelling mistakes, grammatical errors, RGB colour mode, overprint, resolution, missing fonts, missing images and layers set to non-printing. It is your responsibility to ensure that artwork provided is supplied correctly for print.

If you are unsure about the artwork you have, please check with us beforehand to ensure there are no complications with your order.

If an artwork size is different to the ordered size, the ordered size always takes precedence. This is due to the fact that artworks from our customers are supplied in a variety of scales.

With subjective issues of quality such as image resolution, we will sometimes advise you if the quality is extremely low, though again, we cannot be held responsible if the artwork is supplied in such a manner and isn’t suitable when printed.