When your artwork is ready, before uploading we recommend you download our Print Ready Checklist. We only accept Adobe PDF files with the following attributes:
- 300dpi resolution
- 2.5mm bleed (5mm for booklets)
- crop and bleed marks included
- fonts outlined, text no smaller than 5pt
- all colours converted to CMYK
We have a full range of templates available in a range of formats. The templates are set up to size, with bleed and trim lines, column guides, safe text zones and dielines where applicable.
Bleeds allow you to run artwork beyond the edge of the sheet before trimming. In other words, the bleed is the area to be trimmed off. Artwork and background colors can extend into the bleed area however after trimming the bleed ensures that no Non-printed edges occur in the final trimmed document.
Why is adding a Bleed & Safe Zone area necessary?
Small variations can end up with hairline white edges which makes final print copy look incorrect. In design stage we therefore need to extend the image so as to include bleed. This creates the safe area where we can trim back to. The safe area also includes an area within the business card whereby important information will not be trimmed away. Please see illustration below..
Bleed Area Specifications for Common Sizes
|Page Size||Dimensions||Dimensions with Bleed|
|A0||841mm x 1189mm||847mm x 1195mm|
|A1||594mm x 841mm||600mm x 847mm|
|A2||420mm x 594mm||426mm x 600mm|
|A3||297mm x 420mm||303mm x 426mm|
|A4||210mm x 297mm||216mm x 303mm|
|A5||148mm x 210mm||154mm x 216mm|
|A6||105mm x 148mm||111mm x 154mm|
|A7||74mm x 105mm||80mm x 111mm|
|1/3 A4||99mm x 210mm||105mm x 216mm|
|Business Card||55mm x 85mm||61mm x 91mm|
Please ensure you supply your artwork to us as individual pages in a PDF, not as spreads e.g. a 16pp booklet should be supplied as one PDF with 16 pages. Our pre-press experts will impose the booklet for you. Allow a minimum of 5mm bleed on all edges. Booklet “creep” will occur during finishing when pages are folded so we recommend you keep text and non-bleed images at least 10mm from the trim line.
Diecuts / Formes
Setting up artwork for Diecuts / Formes
It is best practice to create your die, mock it up and test it before laying out your artwork. Particularly with packaging and presentation folders, this is highly recommended. Items such as pockets may require gussets to allow for inserted material, and closure folds and tabs require careful engineering to serve their purpose.
Your dieline can be supplied as a separate file, or can be supplied as a separate page in the artwork PDF. If supplying this way, set up the dieline on it’s own page and apply a spot colour to all strokes & fills. Convert all other spot colours in the document to CMYK, then export the file as a 300dpi PDF with crop and bleed marks, CMYK + dieline spot colour.
Setting up artwork for Perforations
Once your artwork is laid out, create a new layer and name it “Perforations”. On a new blank page, create dashed lines on the “Perforations” layer where you intend the perforations to be placed. Create a Spot colour and apply it to the dashed lines.
The reverse mirrors the front so check that your perforations are in the correct location on the reverse (flipped).
Convert all spot colours to CMYK except the “Perforations” spot colour. Export the file as a 300dpi PDF with crop and bleed marks, CMYK + “Perforations” spot colour.
Before Finalizing a job Edgeprint highly recommends you to go through a short checklist for errors and misplacement’s for early diagnosis in turn would save you time and money.
- Check for your File formats.
- Convert all RGB files to CMYK.
- Link all graphics files.
- Include all fonts (screen and printer) on disk.
- Do not use 4-color text with fonts smaller than 12 pt.
- Do not include files that are not relevant to the job.
- Add 5mm to all sides to accommodate for bleed.
- Save all photos at 300dpi resolution or more.
- Ensure all images are owned by you or otherwise licensed for print production.
- Avoid using borders on trim edges as this can cause issues during the trimming process.
- Avoid using more than 4 different fonts in one document.
- 5mm bleed Scale.
- Convert your text to paths, curves or outlines.
- Nominate all colors as CMYK or Pantones (PMS).