At Fingerprints Design we appreciate that getting your head round artwork can sometimes be tricky, this guide below should give you some understanding of ideally how we would like your artwork supplied. However if you are unsure at all, please feel free to give us a call on 01992 581302 and a member of our team will be happy to help guide you through supplying your artwork.
IMPORTANT – Our quoted prices are for “print ready” artwork only. If our graphic design team have to amend the file (e.g. resize, adjust colour or make changes), there may be an additional charge, but don’t worry, we will always tell you first, and many small issues and tweaks can be sorted easily, quickly and without charge.
We accept artwork as “print ready” only if it is in PDF with crops and bleed (if needed) or JPEG format. PDF is the preferred format as it will keep your text and any vector elements nice and crisp – if you use JPEG then please ensure it is the highest quality you can and make sure your artwork is at least 350dpi (ideally 600dpi). We realise this may make file sizes quite large, fear not see the sending us your files section below for instructions on getting the files to us.
Artwork being supplied as a Word document, Publisher File and all of the other office programs within the suite aswell as any bespoke or unusual program file formats will not be print ready and will need adjusting to some degree. As with all our artwork costs these are charged at £25 per hour unless specified otherwise. If you are supplying artwork in these files, we will check the files and inform you of changes that are needed and the charges that this will incur before going ahead.
To ensure your files print clearly all artwork including images must be supplied at a resolution of at least 300dpi. Anything lower than this may result in blurry, bitmapped or pixelated print. We will check any files that are sent to us and inform you if the print quality is going to suffer due to low resolution artwork.
CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black) is an industry-standard formula designed to give the most precise colour reproductions. Artwork received using Pantone, Spot or RGB (commonly Web colours) that are going for a digital run will be converted into CMYK format, this may cause some colours to change. If your artwork is being submitted for a litho job then spot colours will be preserved when going to press.
Our CMYK Print Workflow uses technology not commonly available to home/office printers or monitors and is calibrated and maintained to a recognised industry standard (ISO / FOGRA). As such your printer or screen should only be used as a guide and not to accurately proof a colour.
Due to the vast number of different fonts, all fonts used must be embedded or outilined before sending us the final artwork. Failure to do this could result in an alternative style being used automatically and without our knowledge, if you are unsure if the fonts have been embedded into the artwork please call and arrange a proof to be printed and seen before the run is made. Failure to do so may result in undesired printing results.
Bleed is used when any part of an image, background, colour or line is to print the very edges of the finished product. For example if you wanted the background of a business card to be red, the colour must bleed past all edges. If not due to minor variations in printing and trimming, white lines could be seen on some or all of the edges. The ideal bleed requirements are 3mm all round to ensure correct printing results. If you are unsure of what bleed is and how to add it, please click here for a handy guide regarding its needs and uses.
Close to Edge Printing
To ensure that nothing important is missed once the finished print is done and trimmed all text and important design elements must be a safe distance from the edge, a minimum of 4mm is recommended.
Supplying us Your Files
Depending on the file format you are using file sizes can vary dramatically. If your file is under 10mb feel free to email it to Print@fpdigital.co.uk along with the job instructions and we will get this processed ASAP. For files sizes of 10mb and above, please use our File Upload system, this service allows you to supply larger files directly to us without having to send multiple emails or messing around too much. If you are unsure of how to use the system you can call us on 01992 581302 and a member of the team will be happy to guide you through the process.
Thanks for reading our guide on Supplying Artwork, if you have any further questions feel free to get in contact with us. If not we look forward to receiving your files and start working with you soon.