PRINTING TIPS

SIZES

Paper Sizes:

  • A3 – 297 mm x 420 mm
  • A4 – 210 mm x 297 mm
  • A5 – 148 mm x 210 mm
  • A6 – 105 mm x 148 mm
  • DL – 99 mm x 210 mm

Envelopes Sizes:

  • 11B – 90 mm x 145 mm
  • DL – 110 mm x 220 mm
  • DLX – 120 mm x 235 mm
  • C5 – 162 mm x 229 mm
  • C4 – 229 mm x 324 mm

Business Cards: 90 mm x 54 mm

 

SUPPORTED APPLICATIONS

  • QuarkXPress
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe InDesign

 

Word, Publisher, MS Excel, Corel Draw – these programmes are not designed for printing – these types of files take longer to prepare for print therefore incurring higher artwork charges.

 

PROVIDING ARTWORK | FONTS

When providing artwork for print, we have thousands of fonts, but our fonts may differ from yours, PDF files should be supplied with fonts embedded.

  • Any elements that bleed must extend at least 3mm outside the trim area. Business Card to have 2mm bleed.
  • Please ensure that all images are 300dpi.
  • Nominate all colours as CMYK or Pantone (PMS) [depending on how it is to be printed – contact printer].
  • If mailing your material please include a colour or black & white proof copy of your file (include all fonts, scans and linked items).

GLOSSARY OF COMMON PRINTING TERMS

  • DPI – Dots per inch.  300dpi is the ideal level for quality images.
  • GSM – Grams per square metre.  This is the weight that paper is measured in.
  • PMS – Pantone Matching System.  Spot Colours – each colour specified by a number.  PMS Colours are best used when only a few colours to be printed.  PMS can be transferred to CMYK for full colour printing.
  • CMYK – Short for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow & Black.  4 colour process.  Print colours for full colour printing.
  • RGB – Short for Red, Green & Blue.  Screen colours for use in web design – NOT FOR PRINTING.
  • Bleed – A few millimeters extra artwork passed the edge of the paper (artwork that goes to the edge of the paper, must have bleed added.  So if is trimmed unevenly, white paper does not show).  Generally 3mm bleed.
    • Business Card to have 2mm bleed.
    • Presentation folder or books to have 5mm bleed.

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