Ready to print?
You want to make sure that you get the best possible quality printed output from your files. So do we! This quick guide should help ensure you do but, as always, feel free to get in touch if you need help:
It’s very important that you have permission to use any photographs that are being printed. Snatching them from the Internet means not only are they unlikely to be sufficient quality, they may also be subject to copyright. Sorry, but we are unable to print any we think may not be legal.
On a screen, for digital, lower resolution images are fine. However, they need to be at least 300 dpi (dots-per-inch) when it comes to print. Any lower than that and they’re likely to be blurry and pixelated.
File Size and Dimensions
Make sure your file is sized correctly for output. That means, if you want to print an A4 document, make sure your file is that size.
To ensure great quality print, please send us your files in CMYK, if you can.
Proof-checking your own work can be fraught with problems. Use your system’s spell-checker but, even better, ask someone else to cast an eye over it for spelling and grammar bloopers!
If it’s possible to, send your pdf document with outlined fonts, or flattened. If you’re sending it in another application – Word, Illustrator, Photoshop or inDesign File, for example – please make sure to include any font files we might need.
PDFs are a universal file format and always our preferred option. It’s also the most likely to give you the printed document that you’re expecting.
If you’re still in doubt, chat to us about your project. And if that still doesn’t put your mind at rest, it may be worth arranging to have a printed proof.