Artwork Specifications

SET UP

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.

BLEEDS

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.

RESOLUTION

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. PDF’s should be set as follows; overall resolution of 2540, individual line art resolution of 1200DPI and individual bitmap resolution of 300DPI. A print mantra alternative to Acrobat Distiller’s Press settings is available on request; this is set exactly as required to achieve best possible results.

COLOUR

Unless specified all colour printing is full colour and should be completed and saved in CMYK process, Print Mantra 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.

INK COVERAGE

Maximum ink coverage must be no more than 240%, we recommend a vibrant black is created with 100% Key, 40% Cyan. Any thin text and/or artwork will not appear crisp if ink coverage is supplied too high.

TYPE

All fonts used should be embedded (PDF’s) or converted to outlines (EPS, Illustrator). We can accept Pc fonts for PC generated artwork but cannot accept any artwork that requires Mac fonts. If it is a Mac generated artwork and Mac fonts are supplied, please ensure all and only the correct fonts are supplied, including both the postscript (printer) and screen fonts.

TRANSPARENCIES

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 Print Mantra cannot 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.

QUARK FEATURES

You should not change imposed picture sizes in Quark, the files should be re-sized in Photoshop / Illustrator and then imposed at their full size. You should also not use the text display attributes (Bold, Italic, etc) in Quark, instead use font families with suitable choices. Both these options may not work when the file is ripped and may generate unwanted results.

PHOTOSHOP FILES

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. Ideally text in photoshop is not recommended as it saves as an image and affects its resolution while printing.

COREL GENERATED FILES

Please convert all files generated in Coreldraw and Corel Photo-paint to bitmap files; (TIFF or JPEG). Saving Coreldraw documents as EPS files is possible but may alter the artwork - if you wish to do this please open the EPS files in Illustrator or Freehand to check they are as expected, or impose in Quark and print a postscript file and again check that they are as expected. Please note that all text should be converted to curves and Print Mantra cannot accept any responsibility for any unwanted results if this is not done.

ARTWORK ORIGINATION & SUPPLY METHOD

We advise that artwork is generated only in the following design programs; Coreldraw, Photoshop, Illustrator, Quark Xpress and Acrobat, Print Mantra cannot accept responsibility for any unwanted results from artwork originally generated in any other package (Please see the special note above regarding Corel which it is possible to use). This is especially true of ‘office’ programs such as Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, etc regardless of what options are available for final saving.

Artwork should be saved in high resolution PDF, EPS, TIFF, or JPEG format. We can accept open files only if a digital proof is supplied along with the artwork

Files should be supplied uncompressed wherever possible; Stuffit / Drop Stuff may be used to compress files if necessary.

Ideally artwork should be supplied on a CD or a DVD. Artwork may only be emailed if the file size is less than 10 megabytes, please phone to pre-arrange this. All files over 10mb could be sent via sendspace or transferbigfiles or uploaded to our website, again please phone first to arrange this.

CDs will not be returned unless specifically requested at time of order. We also do not hold any supplied artwork.

All artwork must be supplied with a colour proof, Print Mantra 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.

RE-SUPPLYING ARTWORK

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. Print Mantra 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 may be made for re-supplied files.

ARTWORK SUPPLY ADDRESS

Post artwork to:

Print Mantra

Anitha Art Printers

Oasis, Next to Vakola Market,

Santacruz (E), Mumbai -400055

India

 

Checklist

Make sure your original file meets these specifications before sending it to Print Mantra or printing a PDF fle:

  • The document size is exactly the size needed for the finished specifications (eg. 1/4 page is 3 3/8" x 4 7/8"). If your page is a full page with bleeds, make sure you leave 1/8" extra for bleeds.
  • All spot colors have been converted to CMYK.
  • All graphic files have been converted from RGB to CMYK. If your graphic is to print as black, make sure you've converted it to grayscale or black. If you have a flat black ideally 100 K and 40 C is recommended.
  • The final resolution of your scanned images should be 300 dpi and placed at 100% or smaller. Enlarging the image in the layout program reduces the final resolution.
  • All fonts (printer and screen) have been supplied, including fonts in graphics files that haven't been converted to outlines.
  • Photoshop files: Layers have been flattened.
  • Illustrator files: All type has been converted to outlines.
  • Coreldraw files: files are converted to curves and images to bitmap
  • Use the bold or italic version of a font, not the bold or italic commands in your layout program.
  • All support (graphic) files have been supplied.
  • 100% sized laser proof is sent for black and white material.
  • 100% sized color proof is sent for color material.
 
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