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One of the advantages of digital printing is that, in general, specifications for file supply are somewhat less demanding than for conventional offset lithographic printing.
That said, there are still potential pitfalls.
This information is designed to help you provide us with accurate workable files so that we can complete your printing to schedule.
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The maximum document size for digital output (other than for poster printing) is SRA3 or 450mm by 320mm, but you should work within this size to allow for a non-printable area outside of regular A3. You should therefore set up your file no larger than A3 or 297mm by 420mm. If in doubt please call.
You will get the best results by providing us with image files (pictures and graphics) of 300dpi, at the size at which they appear in your document. However smaller files can work and, unlike with conventional printing, reasonable results can be achieved with lower resolution images. If in doubt, please consult our free advice line on 01392 426464.
Image File types
There are a large number of image file types supported by Exe Valley Dataset. These include TIF, JPEG, EPS and BMP (please take note of our file resolution notes above). Images can be saved as either CMYK or RGB. We recommend CMYK where a choice exists.
Although we have a very extensive font library for both PC and MAC, it is still always wise to include both the printer and screen fonts with your job.
If you are providing your file in Adobe Acrobat PDF format then please ensure that you have distilled your file selecting the option to ‘embed’ all fonts. When this is the case you do not need to supply the font to us in addition to this file.
Our digital printing service does not use films or plates and so does not rely on separating your artwork into the usual process colour CMYK, or at least not in the conventional sense. We can therefore work with a far wider range of software packages than is practical for conventional colour printing. In most cases all of the following packages will provide good results, as long as you have followed the other advice in Supplying Files. Both the PC and MAC versions of these packages will work equally as well:
Adobe Acrobat PDF (this is our preferred package with your fonts embedded)
- Adobe Illustrator
- Adobe InDesign
- Adobe Pagemaker
- Adobe Photoshop
- Corel Draw
- Macromedia Freehand
- Microsoft Office - Word, PowerPoint & Excel
- Microsoft Publisher
- Quark Xpress
All other packages, please check by calling our free advice line on 01392 426464 or by emailing email@example.com
How to plan up your artwork
If you happen to be producing artwork for an item that you believe will be printed several up on the page, then we normally still ask you to provide the file just one up. An example of this would be if you are producing artwork for a business card or postcard. Even though several of the item will fit on one page A4 or A3, please nonetheless set your file just “one up”. We will carry out the imposition for you before we produce your printing.
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The files needed for larger runs which require litho printing are basically the same.
The following points should be noted.
Ensure that they are RGB free
Minimum resolution of images is 300 dpi
If spot colour please check that only one Pantone reference is used per colour.
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