Artwork Advice


How to Supply Artwork for Printing:

All designs are recommended to be supplied as PDF's to the correct
size for optimum quality.


  1. Understand Bleed: Bleed refers to the area beyond the final trim size of your printed piece. It ensures that the ink extends to the edge of the paper, preventing any unwanted white borders. Typically, a bleed of 1/8 inch (3mm) is recommended. Make sure your design extends to the bleed area to avoid any cut-off elements.

  2. Set the Correct Document Size: Start your design with the correct document size matching your desired print dimensions. This ensures your artwork is displayed accurately and avoids any resizing issues during printing.

  3. Use High-Resolution Images: To ensure sharp and clear prints, use high-resolution images (300 dpi or higher). Low-resolution images may appear pixelated or blurry when printed.

  4. Convert Fonts to Outlines: If you are using custom fonts, convert them to outlines or paths before submitting your file. This step ensures that your fonts are preserved exactly as you intended, even if the print service doesn't have the same font installed.

  5. Choose the Right Color Mode: For full-color prints, use the CMYK color mode in your design software. This mode represents colors using cyan, magenta, yellow, and black, which are the standard ink colors in most printing processes. Avoid using RGB, which is more suitable for digital screens.

  6. Proofread and Double-Check: Before submitting your design, proofread all text and double-check for any spelling or grammatical errors. Once printed, it can be costly to correct mistakes.

  7. Check the File Format Requirements: Different print services may have specific file format requirements. Common formats include PDF, TIFF, and JPEG. Ensure your design is saved in the recommended file format to avoid compatibility issues.

  8. Use a Test Print: If you're printing a large quantity or have a complex design, consider requesting a test print before proceeding with the full order. This helps you verify colors, alignment, and overall quality.

  9. Keep Important Elements within the Safe Zone: The safe zone is the area within the document where important text or elements should be placed to avoid being trimmed off. Maintain a distance of at least 1/8 inch (3mm) from the trim line.

  10. Consider Paper Stock and Finishes: Discuss with the print service provider about the available paper stock options and finishes. Different stocks and finishes can significantly impact the final look and feel of your printed piece.

  11. Communicate with the Print Service: If you have any questions or specific requirements, don't hesitate to communicate with the print service provider. They can provide guidance, clarify doubts, and ensure a smooth printing process.

Remember to consult the guidelines and specifications provided by your chosen print service to tailor these tips to their specific requirements.