What is a Print Ready File?

Print Ready

When we say “print-ready / press-ready”, we mean it is a file that has all the specifications needed to produce a high-resolution print product, without requiring any additional alteration or intervention. 

In other words, we the commercial printer can use the file “as submitted” to successfully create quality printed materials such as banners, posters and a lot more.

We’re pretty flexible with our printing, but the rules of print-ready artwork don’t bend and to ensure you get the best print possible we ask that if you are supplying your own artwork you follow our guidelines below.

PDF stands for Portable Document Format. Supplying a print ready PDF not only eliminates all of the extra files you would have traditionally sent to a printing company, it will also speed your file through our pre-press department as we won’t need to load everything into our system. By supplying a print ready PDF you create a simple workflow between you and us, enabling a hassle free transition from design through to print and delivery.

A Print ready PDF must meet certain criteria for your file to print without problems. All print ready PDFs need to contain the following:

The file is supplied as four-colour process CMYK and not RGB colour space.

The document’s page size is the finished trim size.

Fonts are embedded or converted to outlines so no fonts are needed.

All scans resolution are 300 dpi at 100% of the final image size.

Images are embedded in the file.

Files are supplied with 3mm bleed.

Any trim, score or fold marks are indicated and outside the live print area.

Artwork is at least 5mm from the edge of the page; this is regarded as a safe or quiet area.

Black text is 100% black and not a mix of CMYK.

White text is not set to overprint. Learn more.

We understand the above list looks daunting and this is why our production team are only too happy to lend a hand in identifying issues if they arise. We can fix some of these issues quite easily but others do take time and may incur a charge.

We always recommend you have artwork designed by professionals. Within our graphic design studio, each of our graphic designers is not only University educated in graphic design but they have also been given in-depth training and guidance within our own four walls to ensure our files print as they should, each and every time.

We’re meticulous with our design and print quality. It’s this attention to detail that ensures we never knowingly process a file we’d consider unsuitable for print. This keeps our print quality level at high levels ensuring you get the perfect print each and every time. If at any point you want to speak to our production team regarding the print-readiness of your artwork, call us on 1300721614.

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