- Format - PDF OR JPG
- Colour - CMYK
- Bleed - 3mm
- Safe Zone - 3mm
- Resolution - 300dpi
- Fonts - embedded/curves
- No printer marks/colour bars
When uploading files on our site please note that RGB & Pantones will be converted to CMYK which may affect the colours.
It is important to check all elements of your file as Vauxhall Printing cannot be held responsible for errors that are present in an uploaded file, for example spelling mistakes.
If we find any errors on your artwork we will notify you. We may be able to amend depending on the file, however there will be a charge for doing this correction of which we will advise first. Alternatively if you need to amend your file and upload again there will be a £2.00 charge.
Why Do Print Files Need to Be CMYK?
The RGB colour spectrum is much larger than the CMYK spectrum i.e. there are colours that can be created in RGB that are not available CMYK. This problem is most apparent with very bright colours such as a fluorescent orange or green. Commercial presses print onto white paper using CMYK colours, in order to get the best results files should be prepared with this in mind
What Is Bleed and Why Is It Required?
When graphics continue to the edge of a sheet of paper bleed is required. This is because a commercial printing press cannot print to the edge of a sheet of paper. Instead products are printed on much larger sheets of paper and then cut down to size.
It is impossible to cut exactly to the edge of your design so a little over print on each side is required. This overprint is called “bleed”. Any document that is being professionally printed will require a bleed area and a safe zone providing the print runs to the edge of the document.
How Much Bleed Do I Need?
The industry standard is to have 3mm of bleed on each edge and a 3mm safe zone inside. This means that the length of each side will be 6mm longer. For example an A4 sheet when lined up correctly with bleed will be 216mm x 303mm. It will then be cut down to its finished size of 210mm x 297mm.
What Is the Safe Zone?
The safe zone is the 2mm inside of the cutting edge in which no text or important information should be placed. Any graphics in this area risk being clipped when cutting
Table Showing Sizes with and without Bleed
|Size Name||Size in mm (without bleed)||Size in mm (with bleed)|
|Business Card||85 mm x 55 mm||91 mm x 61 mm|
|DL / Compliment Slip||99 mm x 210 mm||105 mm x 216 mm|
|A6||148 mm x 105 mm||154 mm x 111 mm|
|A5||210 mm x 148 mm||216 mm x 154 mm|
|A4||297 mm x 210 mm||303 mm x 216 mm|
|A3||420 mm x 297 mm||426 mm x 303 mm|
|A2||594 mm x 420 mm||600 mm x 426 mm|
|A1||841 mm x 594 mm||847 mm x 600 mm|
|A0||1189 mm x 841 mm||1195 mm x 847 mm|
What can happen if fonts aren't present
When a document is created they are normally done so using the fonts available on that computer at the time. If the same document is opened on another computer that does not have access to the original fonts it is likely that the fonts will be substituted. This can mean that the letters appear differently and as the replacement fonts may not be the same size as the original so the document formatting can be affected. This is more likely to be a problem if your design uses fonts that aren’t commonly available.
How to Avoid Problems with Fonts
The ideal way to get round problems with fonts is to make them part of your original document through embedding them, flattening them or converting them to curves.
Saving as an Image
By saving the file into a raster format i.e. pdf, jpeg, png, tiff etc. the fonts become part of the image. As per converting to curves it is hard to edit at a later date however this will ensure that your document is displayed with the correct fonts. This allows you to use custom fonts no matter the occasion.
This is dependent on font licensing and is normally used for pdf files. Many design programs will ask if you would like to embed the fonts into a document. If you select yes this will package the fonts into the document to ensure that when it is opened on another computer the correct fonts are available to display.
Converting to Curves
This method converts the fonts that are used in the document into shapes as opposed to letters. This method does have the disadvantage that documents are harder to edit at a later date but is very effective at ensuring that your fonts remain as intended.
It is important to check all elements of the file as Vauxhall Printing cannot be held responsible for errors that are present in an approved file, for example spelling mistakes.
This is very important to ensure that the product printed as you expect.
- Spelling (and grammar)
- Details (Phone numbers, email addresses, dates and times)
- Size (A6 is a lot smaller than A4)
- Pictures and Logos (Are they sharp enough?)
All elements on the job must be checked for spelling and grammar (your and you’re), this also includes phone numbers, email addresses and dates.
Is all the information that you require on the file? For example; with a business card does this have all of the information required e.g. email, direct line and fax number? With a letterhead does it need the company number, VAT number and registered address?
Is everything on the card going to print the size that you expect? A common mistake is to view a business card on the screen at 200% zoom; hence text is displayed much larger than the final product.
Pictures and Logos
If you have supplied us with your own picture or logo it is worth checking that it will print clearly. If the logo appears distorted you might want to consider supplying a higher resolution logo.