How to Supply Artwork

Supply the right artwork for the perfect result, whether you need magazine printing, booklet printing or direct mail services

For the quickest turn around and minimum problems, it is important that you supply your artwork to these specifications. If your artwork differs from as listed below there may be a delay in printing and possibly additional charges through artwork amends. Whilst we try our best to accommodate all artwork supplied, we cannot take responsibility for print errors or delays which may result due to incorrect artwork submission.


Pages should be produced with design software such as Quark Express or InDesign either on PC or Apple Mac. Please note we can accept  PDF files that have been created in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Publisher however these will need to be converted at an extra cost.

Images should be produced ensuring  that the colour option is set to CMYK (not RGB). If Spot Colour is used this needs to be set within the design software.

Once complete,  pages should be saved as PDF format (PDF/X1A or PDF/A-1b 2005 (CMYK) or equivalent) with trim marks and 3mm Bleed.

All fonts must be embedded and saved using Acrobat Distiller or similar. Please refer to if you need further info on saving to Pdf.

Each page should be saved as an individual file or as one document with single pages from 1-12 if a 12pp brochure page 1 should be the front cover and page 12 the back cover, please do not save as spreads.

For Folders and Spot UV you will need to create a separate PDF using solid colour Black for Guide.

For perfect bound books you will need to supply a separate Pdf file for the cover only and include the spine when making the artwork.


All files need to be supplied, including bleeds; your printed magazines will be provided at the finished sizes, as per your order. All artwork needs to be centered in the PDF document.  It is important  that no excess artwork is supplied  with  your print ready PDFs.


All magazine artwork must be provided with a 3mm bleed on all sides (as listed above). It is recommended that all text and prominent images should not be placed within 5mm of the edge of your page - this is to ereduce the risk of important detail being lost during the trimming process (which is accurate to the nearest 1.5mm).
Please add a minimum of 3mm bleed on all edges.



All non-vector artwork (ie photos and bitmap images)should be supplied at a minimum of 300dpi. This is very important as any lower resolution will result in your printed artwork being blurry and distorted. When saving artwork  to PDF,  you should save your artwork  as follows;

Overall resolution: 2540dpi
Individual line art resolution: 1200dpi
Individual bitmap resolution: 300dpi

This can be achieved through Acrobat Distiller

Saving PDF From Indesign CS

First you will need to make a preset which you can use in future, so you do not need to keep inputting the same information every time.

1. First select ‘Adobe Print Preset’ from the ‘File’ menu. then click on ‘Define’ then select new. Save on last section and this will now be able to be selected when making your PDF

2. Give your Preset a name ie “Premier”

3. Select PDF/X-1a2001 from the Drop downmenu labelled ‘Standard’

4.On the left panel select ‘Compression”and unselect tick box on bottom left‘Compress text and Line Art’each section hold pointer over type on lefthand panel and click once to select that section

5.On the left panel select ‘Marks and Bleed” and select tick box ‘Crop Marks” also add the 3mm Bleed.

6.On the left panel select ‘Output’ In this section you need to select the no colour conversion as you want the images to stay as cmyk for output. P.S. Please make sure you have used CMYK images in your document not RGB.

7.Now press OK and the last tab will pop up check that it now shows in the list and press Done.