Design Specifications

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Product Sizes

TRIMMED SIZE WITH BLEED
Business Cards 55 x 90mm 59 x 94mm
A3 297 x 420mm 301 x 424mm
A4 210 x 297mm 214 x 301mm
A5 148 x 210mm 152 x 214mm
A6 105 x 148mm 109 x 152mm
A7 74 x 105mm 79 x 109mm
DL 210 x 99mm 214 x 103mm
2DL 210 x 198mm 214 x 196mm
4DL 210 x 397mm 214 x 401mm
6DL 210 x 597.5mm 214 x 601.5mm
DL Envelope 110 x 220mm N/A
C4 Envelope 229 x 324mm N/A
Presentation Folders Artwork with Die Artwork without Die

Software

The following is a list of compatible software programs, files and specifications:

PDF FILES – Print Ready PDF files are the preferred format.

Adobe Indesign – Indesign file, images and fonts need to be supplied.

Adobe Photoshop – TIF, EPS, PSD files are accepted. JPG files can also be supplied
(Do not compress files). All Photoshop files must be a minimum of 300dpi at final size.

Adobe Illustrator – Convert fonts to outline (Paths or curves).

Quark Xpress – Quark file, images and fonts need to be supplied.

Corel Draw – Supply files as AI (Illustrator) or EPS files. Convert fonts to outline (Paths or curves).

Microsoft Word and Microsoft Publisher are NOT ACCEPTABLE as finished art.
Please contact us to discuss alternate solutions. Artwork costs may apply.

IMAGES & LOGOS – All images should be at least 300dpi at finished size.
Logos should preferably be supplied as scalable vector art (EPS or AI files)

COLOUR MANAGEMENT
Colour – CMYK files should be supplied unless quoted or ordering SPOT colour work.

Trim & Bleed

Trim and Bleed

Before commencing your design and layout, follow the following instructions to ensure your files are set with the appropriate BLEED and size for your project (templates available). The “trim size” is the final dimension that your printing job will be cut to (before any folding, if needed). However, an additional 2mm bleed is required wherever design elements touch the edge of your trim dimension (for example, if your trim size is 90 x 54 mm create your document to 94 x 58 mm and set margins 2 mm in from all four sides. This means that any element that touches the trim edge must extend past the trim edge by at least 2mm. This assures a safety margin during the post production trimming of your project to assure that your bleed elements remain touching the trim edge without any white, unprinted gaps between the bleed element and the trim edge.

Please note for Booklet printing a 5mm bleed is required.

If you have any design elements (text, images and borders) that come too close to the trim edge, and you do not intend for them to touch the trim edge, then they are required to be at least 4mm in from the trim edge.

Legible Type & Stroke Width

To avoid type that is not legible or lines that disappear or fill, refrain from using type sizes smaller than 6 pts and lines (rules) thinner than .25pt.

When using “reversed out” copy (ie: text that is a light color running across a darker area) it is recommended that you use at least 6 pt type, and sans serif fonts, in these instances.

Image Quality & Colour

high resolution

Resolution: Be certain to use image resolutions 300 dpi (or ppi) or better for color and grayscale images.

4-color Process (CMYK): When using color or color images in your design and layout, be certain to use CMYK values instead of RGB. CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black “K”) is the color space that printers use to run your job. If you have an image that is RGB, like images that come from your digital camera or scanner, you must convert them to CMYK first before placing into your design.

Rich Black

rich black

When using black elements in your 4-color design, it is best to you use a “rich black” This gives your black a deeper, darker shade of black on press.

To achieve rick blacks, create a color swatch or assign a process color with the following CMYK combinations:

C = 60%, M = 40%, Y = 20%, K = 100%.

Please note, rich black should never be used on small text, as any tiny deviance in registration will lead to a blurred effect.