If the file has no bleed on it then there will be a 3mm white margin or border all the way around the finished print to aid the cutting process. Likewise any text or images that will not be bleeding off the page must be at least 5mm – 10mm in from the edge of the page otherwise they may get trimmed off in the cutting stage.
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Wherever possible files should be supplied as flattened, CMYK artwork at a minimum resolution of 300dpi in PDF format. Where vector files are submitted, please ensure that all fonts are converted to outline. PDF files should be high resolution, without down sampling and should have all fonts embedded. Where possible please avoid sending Microsoft Word documents for print as this is not a print ready application and extra charges may be incurred for reworking unsuitable artwork.
RGB Images may suffer from colour shifts during CMYK conversion prior to printing. It is therefore suggested that all files are supplied in CMYK colour mode as not all RGB colours can be reproduced with the CMYK printing process. Pure black areas should be 100% Black (K).
If you are designing in Adobe Photoshop to change from the default RGB, simply go to the top menu bar Image > Mode > CMYK Color.
Bleed is a printer’s term for colour that is printed beyond the finished size of a page. Due to the cutting process not always being 100% accurate, artwork that spreads only to the edge of the paper can sometimes leave unsightly white slivers of unprinted paper along the edge of the page. This can be avoided by ensuring that your artwork flows beyond the size required. If the background is white, then bleed is obviously irrelevant, it would however, be good practice to always supply finished artwork with bleed in place. We require that, where needed, a bleed of 3mm be used. Additionally, it would be a good idea not to place any text or important imagery too close to the finished edge (5-10mm).
Spot UV is an area of Ultra Violet gloss coating that creates a glossy finish to the targeted areas on top of your printed job as illustrated above.
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Preparing Plastic Card Designs For Upload & Print:
• If you are supplying your artwork in a completed format you must send it to us, print ready at 300dpi and supplied in CMYK.
• When creating black please use a black made up of CMYK 65%, 65%, 65%, 100%.
• Where possible please outline all fonts or supply fonts used.
• Please do not round off the corners of your artwork – this is done by the cutting process.