Preparing Artwork

If you are supplying print ready artwork, it is important that your files are set up correctly. You will need to provide files in the correct size, with cut marks, bleed and avoid placing important information within the safe zone. Please read through this page for guidance on each of these requirements.

Quick Check List:

Format: PDF (prefered), JPEG, TIFF
Colour: CMYK
Bleed: 3mm
Safe Area: 3mm
Resolution: 300dpi

(If you don’t understand any parts of this checklist, please feel free to phone and ask)

Artwork Guide 

Correct File Size

Please provide your files in the correct page size. To check the size of a PDF document click on ‘File’, then ‘Properties’.

Commonly Used Sizes

A6 105 x 148mm A5 148 x 210mm
A4 210 x 297mm A3 297 x 420mm
A2 420 x 594mm A1 594 x 841mm


When a document’s printing area runs to the edge of the page, ‘overprint’ is required. This is also commonly called ‘bleed’. Bleed is used to stop white edges appearing at the edge of the finished printout when it is cut to size.

You will need to provide at least 3mm of bleed on any side of your document where the print runs to the edge of the page. This will then be clipped when the document is cut down to finished size.

(Note: The size of a document with bleed will be 6 mm larger than the finished size. E.g. An A4 document with bleed will be 216 x 303 mm.)

Cut Marks

Cut marks are black lines offset from the edge of each corner to show where the document is trimmed to. It is important to offset the black lines 2mm from each corner.

Safe Area

Your artwork should have no text or important information within 3mm of the edge of the sheet. Any image in this area is at risk of being cut off.