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Artwork Specifications for Large Format Digital Printing

Getting your artwork right is crucial if you want to have your job printed accurately and without any delays. To help you out we’ve put together some helpful artwork specifications for digital printing.

Please design at quarter output length x quarter output height.

Image Specifications

Make sure that any images used in the design are ideally at 300dpi at quarter output size before importing into the page layout/design. If final design has white edges then either put a black hairline outline (0.1mm) or a black 2 pixels stoke outline around the whole image. This is to make finishing/cutting after printing easier.

If designing in a vector & bitmap program (i.e. adobe illustrator, Corel draw) all text/typefaces & strokes should be converted to paths/outlines/curves (choose which is appropriate to your design program).

Pantone and Spot colours

Pantone and spot colours should be converted to either cmyk or rgb (whichever you feel will give the nearest to the said Pantone colour). If you do not have a colour proof printer for checking output colour, it is best to avoid using Pantone colours, unless you know what to expect when printing to a cmyk large format solvent ink printer. Also bear in mind that different substrates/materials will give a different interpretation of a Pantone colour.

Saving your file

If possible, save file as either a jpg at 300pi, PDF v1.4 (acrobat 5), or an AI v10. There is no need to design at full size as our specialist rip program looks after the output print quality if the above rules are kept to. If you wish to design at full size, then save a copy at full size for yourself before quarter sizing (25%) and then sending the quarter size copy to us.

Hems and bleed

If designing a banner, it’s important to allow for the 1.5” hem all round when placing text. There is nothing worse than having text running into the hem area. Therefore if designing at quarter size allow for a 9.5mm hem all round, which when scaled up to full size will give a 38.1mm (1.5”) hem. This rule also comes into play if designing for anything that has a frame – obviously the allowance will vary according to the size of the frame.

For most jobs there is no need for any bleed. However, in cases where the output size needs to be as exact as possible, it could pay to include a small bleed.

The above rules and specifications are very important as it can lead to customer dissatisfaction with finished work and can lead to delays or work not being achieved at all.

If you have any problems whatsoever, please feel free to contact us before proceeding.