Artwork Guidelines

General  Artwork Instructions

Print Ready files are PDF finished art with the following specifications:

Photos and Illustration resolution should be 300dpi
All colours converted to CMYK (no PMS colours, RGB, LAB etc)
Fonts should be embedded or outlined
Crop & bleed marks included
Minimum 2mm bleed (3mm for booklets)

General Design

Text and non-bleed images should always be kept at least 3mm from the trim line.

Folding & Scoring
To minimise cracking on folded jobs, we recommend scoring the fold lines.

Rich Blacks

We strongly recommend you use CMYK Rich Black on large areas of black to ensure a nice solid result.

A good mixture for CMYK Rich Black on;
Heavier stock weights use 60 / 40 / 40 / 100.
Lighter stock weights use 30 / 0 / 0 / 100 or  15/10/10/100.

Business Cards Setup

Please ensure you supply your artwork to us with front and back combined into a single PDF file.

2 Sided Business Cards
Page 1 will print as Front
Page 2 will print as Back

NOTE – Gloss and Matt Lamination on 1 side will always be treated to Page 1 of your document.
Multiple Card Orders eg. Different Names
All card variations require separate a PDF for each kind. (not all in one PDF).

Spot UV Business Cards
When ordering Spot UV, we require a 3 Page PDF.
Page 1 will be the Business Card side which requires the Spot UV to be applied.
Page 2 will be the Reverse side of the Business Card.
Page 3 should be Spot UV to be applied to Page 1 ONLY ( using a spot colour marked Spot UV ).

SCODIX Setup

SCODIX looks best when you follow some basic design fundamentals, where often LESS can be MORE when adding SCODIX to your design.

There are a few rules to follow to achieve the best result when applying SCODIX.

SCODIX – Trim Areas
SCODIX High Build cannot bleed outside of the trim area. (Please leave 3mm from the edge of the SCODIX application to the product trim area)

SCODIX – Score Lines
SCODIX High Build cannot be applied over the score/fold areas of a Presentation Folder. (Please leave 3mm from the SCODIX application to the product score/fold area)

SCODIX – Business Cards
When supplying final artwork, SCODIX artwork should be supplied as an extra PDF or the last page set as 100% Spot Colour named ‘Scodix’.

Things to Avoid
For the best effects, avoid applying SCODIX to thin lines, small text or finely detailed artwork.

How to Setup Your Files
Open your artwork in Indesign
Create a new layer for the SCODIX separation
Select the elements you wish to enhance and duplicate them to the new SCODIX layer
Create a new colour swatch and name it ‘Scodix’
Select colour type “Spot Colour”, and convert all SCODIX elements to this spot colour
SCODIX elements are all set to 100% Opacity
Export this SCODIX layer as a single PDF with all trim marks or place the SCODIX pages after the main artwork.

Spot UV Setup

Spot UV can provide a premium result when highlighting a logo, image or bold type by applying these areas with a gloss varnish, or applied as an overprinted PATTERN over solids for a more creative result.

When supplying final artwork which requires Spot UV, artwork should be supplied with an extra PDF file which contains all Spot UV elements set as a Spot Colour named ‘Spot UV’.

It is important to make sure that this ‘Spot layer’ exported PDF file is identical in all respects to (size, orientation, crop, the position of images and text etc.) to your original CMYK artwork.

Things to Avoid
UV varnish can sometimes shift slightly when applied. Avoid applying UV to thin lines, small text or finely detailed artwork.
How to Setup Your Files
Open your artwork in Indesign.
Create a new layer for the Spot UV application.
Select the elements you wish to enhance with Spot UV and duplicate them to the new Spot UV layer.
Create a NEW colour swatch and name it “Spot UV”
Select colour type “Spot Colour”, and convert all Spot UV elements to this new spot colour.
Spot UV elements should all be set to 100% Opacity.
IMPORTANT – Select all graphics on the Spot UV layer and set them to “Overprint Fill” in the Attributes palette (Window/Output Attributes).
Select “Overprint Preview” from the ‘View’ menu to CHECK your work.
Export the Spot UV layer – by turning off all layers except the new Spot UV layer, then export as a single PDF with all trim marks.
Proceed to export the CMYK file by turning off the Spot UV layer, then export all CMYK layers with trim marks.
For BUSINESS CARD or SINGLE Page – Combine both Spot UV pdf and the CMYK pdf into a SINGLE PDF – with the last page being the Spot UV.

Spot UV Business Cards
When ordering Spot UV, we require a 3 Page PDF.
Page 1 will be the Business Card side which requiring the Spot UV to be applied.
Page 2 will be the Reverse side of the Card.
Page 3 should be Spot UV ONLY ( as a spot colour marked Spot UV ).

Metal Silver Or Gold Artwork

Create your artwork as you would normally for a standard job. Ensure the artwork contains a minimum 2mm bleed on all sides, the first page will always be considered the front.

Trim Areas
Metal cannot bleed outside of the trim area. (Please leave 3mm from the edge of the Metal application to the product trim area)

Score Lines
Metal cannot be applied over the score/fold areas of a Presentation Folder. (Please leave 3mm from the Metal application to the product score/fold area)

Business Cards
When supplying final artwork, Metal artwork should be supplied as an extra PDF or the last page set as 100% Spot Colour named ‘Metal’.

Things to Avoid
For the best effects, avoid applying Metal to thin lines, small text or finely detailed artwork.

How to Setup Your Files
Open your artwork in Indesign
Create a new layer for the Metal separation
Select the elements you wish to enhance and duplicate them to the new Metal layer
Create a new colour swatch and name it ‘Metal’
Select colour type “Spot Colour”, and convert all Metal elements to this spot colour
Metal elements are all set to 100% Opacity
Export this Metal layer as a single PDF with all trim marks or place the Metal page after the main artwork.

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