We have prepared the following guide to assist you with your electronic file preparation and submission. If you have a specific problem that is not covered in this guide, or have other questions, please feel free to contact us on 1300 66 85 32. Improperly prepared files can cause delays in manufacturing.


Quick Checklist




All fonts are included.

►Type is legible and crisp. No fonts are under 6 point size.

►Page layout is correct.

►Margins are set.

►Artwork matches the specified dimensions.

►All linked files, images, and fonts are placed in separate folders.

►Colors in CMYK mode or Spot Colour where necessary.





A 3mm border must be added to pictures and designs bleeding to the edge, so that there is no white space or border showing around the artwork. It is also important to keep text at least a 3mm away from the paper edge or the trim line to prevent accidental cropping.

Color Specifications



Print previews are not a safe and sure measuring tool for color accuracy. Colors on the file might be effected by monitor calibration, screen resolution and lighting, just to name a few. Many Pantone colors show a marked color shift when converted to four color process.
For one, two or three color jobs printed in Pantone spot color, make sure your colors are specified as spot color and they separate correctly. You can test this by printing separations on your laser printer.
To achieve the desired color on press, digital files must reflect accurate color models and percentage. Please make sure all colors are in CMYK mode for color accuracy and a better quality output.

Image Resolutions


►All images and pictures should be 300 dpi.

►Rasterized text or logos should be 1200 dpi.


Guidelines by Application


The following outlines the specific file requirements by application. If you have any questions, please contact our graphics department.

Adobe Photoshop


►Files should be 300 dpi at 100% of actual size for quality offset reproduction.
►Files should be saved in PDF format (embed all fonts)

Digital Proofs


We provide PDF files as electronic soft proofs. These digital proofs intend to show you the layout and design elements of your job, but cannot be a guarantee of color accuracy. If color accuracy is of extreme importance to you, please ask for a hard copy proof (additional costs apply). Scan all transparencies and line art at 100% of final size unless data size is prohibitive. If such a case occurs, scan at 1/4 or 1/2 of final size.  Scan all transparencies and line art at 100% of final size unless data size is prohibitive. If such a case occurs, scan at 1/4 or 1/2 of final size.

What is bleed?


Has a printer or advertising rep ever asked you to include a ‘bleed’ in your design? Bleed is where an object overlaps the trim of a page by a specified amount. A standard amount is typically 3mm. Since the bleed area will be trimmed off during finishing, you should keep text and other important information at least 6mm from the trim. If your project has photos or graphics that extend to the edge of the page, it must be setup correctly. 
BLEED  is an extra 6mm (3mm on each side) added to the final size (Trim size) to accommodate any text or images that run over the edge.
CROP/TRIM Line indicates the final, cut size of the finished printed piece.
SAFETY  is at least 3mm from the final trim size. Do not place any critical images or text beyond the safety to avoid it getting cut off during finishing.