Uploading your artwork has never been easier…
Simply follow the artwork upload link upon order completion. Alternatively you can email us your artwork to firstname.lastname@example.org quoting your order reference number.
We accept artwork files across both PC and MAC platforms (Most file formats acceptable, PDF preferred). Alternatively our award winning graphic design studio can produce creative artwork for you – from business cards to catalogues. However you choose to supply your artwork, our 24/7 online ordering facility is always on hand to help get your job into production without delay.
If you’re supplying your own artwork files, you must ensure that they meet the minimum specification for commercial print. Failure to follow this guide could mean that we can’t print your files – and your job will be delayed. If you’re unsure, Contact us – our advice is completely free.
Various artwork templates are available for download here.
Please supply each page as an individual file with the page number as the file name. We will then allocate the pages correctly in the booklet. A ‘quiet’ area of 8mm should exist where the pages will be bound together; any text this close to the booklet’s spine is unlikely to be legible. Please also keep text at least 6mm from the outter vertical margin – this is especially important on larger booklets. If you would like us to look at your booklet artwork before ordering, please email your booklet as a .zip file, ideally as you would be supplying it for print, to email@example.com
Any background, image, or other part of a design, which should extend to the page edge should be extended a minimum of 3mm beyond the page. This is called ‘bleed’. Any content such as text and images which you need visible on the finished job should sit at least 5mm in from the page edge, this ensures that any slight trimming variations do not spoil the job.
All files must be supplied as CMYK. It is always best to begin your design using a CMYK workspace as converting from RGB to CMYK at the file preparation stage can produce unwanted results.
For colour critical projects, we suggest using the pantone spot colour process to ensure colour accuracy. Please speak to us before ordering and we will advise you. Unless your screen is calibrated with our presses, the finished job will always vary slightly in colour. Finish and paper stock will also have an effect on colour.
All images, except for scaleable vector images, must be provided at a minimum resolution of 300dpi, though 400dpi-600dpi is better (please do not supply resolution at more than 600dpi as it provides no advantage in print). You must ensure you have embedded all images within the output file.
*Important* Linking an image is not sufficient; you will see it on your computer, but it will not be visible to us: if it isn’t there, we don’t know it’s missing!
All text must be converted to paths/curves/outlines.
Everything should ordinarily be supplied 1-up. For example, a business card should be supplied as a 85x55mm canvass (plus 3mm each edge bleed). For brochures and multi-page products you must supply your artwork in ‘printer’s spreads’; this tells us how the pages should flow through the finished document (pagination). This would ordinarily only be used by more experienced designers.
If in doubt, speak to us before ordering.
We prefer ‘press quality’ PDF. If you cannot supply in PDF, we are also able to work with the following file types:
AI (Adobe Illustrator)
PSD (Adobe Photoshop)
IND (Adobe InDesign)
EPS (Encapsulated Postscript)
TIFF & TIF (minimum 300dpi)
JPG & JPEG (minimum 300dpi)
If you’re unsure, Contact us – our advice is completely free.
When artwork is supplied that does not meet the above specification, your job will be delayed until the issues have been resolved. DE-Signz reserve the right to make an administrative charge for ‘putting right’ files which do not meet the above criteria. If you’re not 100% how to prepare files for commercial print, please Contact us – our advice is completely free.