Please ensure all artwork for print is supplied in line with these specifications. Artwork received that is not in line with these specifications may be subject to amend charges. Absolute cannot accept responsibility for print errors or late deliveries where artwork has been supplied incorrectly.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the studio on 0113 2344300, or click here to email your enquiry.
Files should be supplied including bleeds. Print will be returned at the finished sizes. Please ensure all artwork is centred within the document page. Please ensure no excess artwork remains on the artboard.
A5 finished size = 210mm x 148mm, with bleed = 216mm x 154mm
A6 finished size = 148mm x 105mm, with bleed = 154mm x 111mm
A6 long finished size = 210mm x 74mm, with bleed = 216mm x 80mm
A7 finished size = 105mm x 74mm, with bleed = 111mm x 80mm
DL finished size = 210mm x 99mm, with bleed = 216mm x 105mm
Square finished size = 99mm x 99mm, with bleed = 105mm x 105mm
Credit Card finished size = 85mm x 55mm,with bleed = 91mm x 61mm
IMPOSITION & FOLDING
All artwork supplied that requires a particular imposition or folding must be accompanied by printed proof that is imposed and folded as required.
All artwork must include a 3mm bleed on all sides (see sizes above), all text and images should be at least a further 5mm from the crop guides, this is because cutting can only be accurate to about 1.5mm when chopping small items like flyers. The easiest way of thinking of this if you are uncertain, is to ensure the background image goes right to the edge of the file and that all text, logos, etc are at least 8mm from the edges. To ensure correct printing, an appropriate border will be added to all artwork supplied without correct bleeds.
All non-vector artwork should be supplied at a minimum of 300DPI. Any artwork supplied lower than 300DPI will print blurred. EPS and Illustrator files should have the final output set to 2540. PDFís should be set as follows; overall resolution of 2540, individual line art resolution of 1200DPI and individual bitmap resolution of 300DPI. An Absolute alternative to Acrobat Distillerís Press settings is available on request; this is set exactly as required to achieve best possible results.
Unless specified all colour printing is full colour and should be completed and saved in CMYK process, Absolute cannot take responsibility for any unexpected results experienced from artwork supplied in non-CMYK colours. Please delete all unused colour swatches from the colour palettes. Do not use Pantone or similar colours unless pre-arranged for specialist jobs.
Maximum ink coverage must be no more than 240%, we recommend a vibrant black is created with 100% Key, 40% Cyan & 20% Magenta. Any thin text and/or artwork will not appear crisp if ink coverage is supplied too high.
All fonts used should be embedded (PDFís) or converted to outlines (EPS, Illustrator). We can accept Mac fonts for Mac generated artwork but cannot accept any artwork that requires PC fonts. If Mac fonts are supplied, please ensure all and only the correct fonts are supplied, including both the postscript (printer) and screen fonts.
If using the transparency functions in Illustrator and Freehand generated files transparencies must be flattened and the files then converted to PDF or bitmap (TIFF or JPEG) before supplying. Transparency in vector programs is still in its infancy and Absolute can not accept any responsibility for any unwanted results if this is not done.
OVERPRINT / KNOCKOUT
Please ensure that no elements of the design are set to overprint unless specifically required. We cannot always check for this and it is likely to generate unexpected results.
Please save all Photoshop files as either uncompressed TIFF files or Photoshop EPS files. All Photoshop files must be flattened prior to saving, TIFF files saved with layers or EPS files containing vector information may not work correctly when the file is ripped and may generate unwanted results.
ARTWORK ORIGINATION & SUPPLY METHOD
We advise that artwork is generated only in the following design programs; Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Quark Xpress and Acrobat, Absolute cannot accept responsibility for any unwanted results from artwork originally generated in any other package. This is especially true of programs such as Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, etc regardless of what options are available for final saving.
Artwork should be saved in PDF, EPS, TIFF, or JPEG format. Alternatively a Mac generated open application file can be supplied using one of the following applications (and previous versions). Please remember to include all fonts and images required (We cannot accept open PC files):
Adobe Indesign CS3
Adobe Illustrator CS3
Quark Xpress 7
Adobe Photoshop CS3
Files should be supplied uncompressed wherever possible; Stuffit / Drop Stuff may be used to compress files if necessary.
Ideally artwork should be supplied via email or CD. Artwork may only be emailed if the file size is less than 10 megabytes, please phone to pre-arrange this.
All artwork must be supplied with a colour proof, Absolute cannot accept responsibility for any printing errors if no proof is supplied. All non bitmap artwork sent digitally must be sent with a clearly labelled JPEG proof.
We aim to check and prepare for print all artwork as soon as it received, if you need to amend your artwork and re-supply it you must phone the office to arrange this. Absolute cannot accept any responsibility if incorrect versions are printed when multiple versions have been supplied where no telephoned instructions have been given. If the files are complex and take significant time to prepare for print a charge will be made for re-supplied files.