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Artwork setup guide

CMYK Files Only no spot colours or RGB Files

Pdf’s are prerfered

Whilst we accept other file formats, PDF’s are definitely the most preferred file format. Ensure all fonts are embedded, all colours and images are CMYK.

Print job design

Print Online Action is an online print purchasing site for customers who can supply press ready files for printing. We can provide guide lines for file setup but we cannot design your print job for you.

Fonts need to be created to outlines to prevent any defaulting from occurring when we open your file. Essentially what you have just done is told the program to not see the type as being part of a font face, but instead to see it as a graphic element.

Do I need to put bleed on?

Yes all files must be provided with bleed. If no bleed is provided uneven white card/paper will still be visible on your final result. Not putting bleed on your document will not prevent your job from being printed.

How to add bleed to my Adobe Illustrator file?

1. Set up a new document to the exact file size of the product you are ordering. E.g.: A4 Letterheads, your document would be 210 x 297mm.

2. Any colour or images that you want to go right to the edge of the product need to be placed into your design, but also get them to spill over onto your artboard (white space surrounding your document) by at least 2mm.

3. Keep all type at least 3mm from the edge of your document.

4. Save your document as you normally do.

5. Now do a Save As and choose Adobe PDF from the list of save options. Name your file and choose Save, Save Adobe PDF box will now appear, choose the following: * Adobe PDF preset, should be on Press Quality * Select Marks & Bleeds from the left hand column, tick trim marks, in the Bleeds section below, add 2mm into top, bottom, left and right space. * Leave everything else as is.

How to add bleed to my Adobe Photoshop file?

1. Set up a new document 2mm bigger all round than the size of the product you are ordering. E.g.: A4 Letterheads, your document would be 214 x 301mm.

2. Put guides around your document at 2mm from the top, bottom, left and right. This outside space is your bleed, and inside the margins is your printed document.

3. Any colour or images that you want to go right to the edge of the product need to be placed into your design, but also get them to spill over onto your outer margins or bleed area.

4. Keep all type at least 3mm from the inside guide in your document. (So from the outside edge of the page, type will be sitting no closer that 5mm).

5. Save your document as you normally do.

6. Flatten the layers and do a Save As (name accordingly so we will be able to link your file to your job).

7. Send this file.

How to add bleed to my InDesign File?

1. Set up a new document to the exact file size of the product you are ordering. E.g.: A4 Letterheads, your document would be 210x297mm but select 2mm bleed in your document setup options.

2. Any colour or images that you want to go right to the edge of the product need to be placed into your design, but also get them to spill over onto your artboard (white space surrounding your document) by at least 2mm.

3. Keep all type at least 3mm from the edge of your document.

4. Save your document as you normally do.

5. File > Export, and choose Adobe PDF from the list of save options. Name your file and choose Save, Save Adobe PDF box will now appear, choose the following: * Adobe PDF preset, should be on Press

How to add bleed to my Microsoft Word file?

1. Set up a new document 2mm bigger all round than the size of the product you are ordering. For example, Business Cards with a finished size of 90 x 55mm, your document would be 94 x 59mm.

2. Put margins around your document at 2mm from the top, bottom, left and right. This outside space is your bleed, and inside the margins is your printed document.

3. Any colour or images that you want to go right to the edge of the product need to be placed into your design, but also get them to spill over onto your outer margins or bleed area.

4. Keep all type at least 3mm from the inside guide in your document. (So from the outside edge of the page, type will be sitting no closer that 5mm).

5. Save your document as you normally do.

6. Now save as a Press Quality or High Quality Print PDF (usually an option in your print menu). See your Word help if you do not know how to save as a PDF.

What is bleed?

Bleed is a term used to describe an overflow of artwork beyond the artwork size (or trim size). This bleed will be later trimmed of for a flush finish. We ask for artwork and designs to be supplied with bleed of a minimum of 2mm.

Black's not always Black.

Black's are not always black... there are different breakdowns to make different black's. Below are our recomendations.

We do not recomend more than 300% total ink density.

Do not upload rgb files!

If you upload files that are RGB they will automatically be converted to CMYK - this conversion is not a recommended outcome as many colours may not output with required results - (e.g. quite often when an RGB yellow is converted to CMYK it may convert with a percentage of Cyan in the CMYK mix which can give it a limey yellow appearance). Print Online Action will not accept responsibility for the outcome of such files.

Overprinting

Make sure you also check for any overprinting errors within your artwork. you can do this by cycling the 'overprint preview' view on Acrobat or your art program.

Overprinting is also a great method to blend colours! if your experiencing slight white lines between where colours touch a good idea is to lip the colours over one another by approximately 0.2pt and applying overprinting to the above layer (providing there is nothing else below this overprinted layer).