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File Preparation

Page Layout & Bleed



Define your page size as the final trim size of your document. Ensure any content (text, internal borders or critical information) is at least 5mm inside the trim line. To create a bleed, extend your page elements 3mm off the edge of the document or artboard. If your document folds, pay close attention to your panel sizes. Generally, the width of a panel that folds into another panel should be reduced by 1.5mm. For thicker paper stocks, you’ll need to reduce your panel a bit more. Always include trim marks on your artwork (trim marks are the final size of your print job) and is the guide we use for finishing.



Spot and CMYK Colour



If your job is a two-colour job, please do not convert spot colours to CMYK. Use only Pantone or CMYK colours. Never use RGB, HSL or any other non-standard colour models. Delete any unused colours. If you have scanned colour images, be sure they are converted to CMYK.




Image Resolutions



Greyscale and  colour images - 250dpi. Line art -1200 dpi, 

Imported high-resolution scans should be placed as close to 100% of size whenever possible. Enlarging or reducing an image may impact its quality.





Multiple-Page File Setup



The following instructions apply if you are creating a multiple page file for print, such as a booklet or program.

In order to achieve fast turnaround times and accurate proofing from our prepress department, all files containing multiple pages should be created in the following formats: Send your file in single pages and not spreads. There should be a single page in your file for every page in the booklet.

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