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Setting up your artwork

Please read this before you send through your files. It is important that they are all set up correctly, otherwise you may incur extra costs for us to fix them, which may in turn delay their delivery. 

  • Live area on your artwork is where all the important stuff goes, typically 3mm in from the final trimmed size. We have this as a safe printing area so nothing essential gets chopped off your artwork.
  • Bleed is typically 3mm of extra background on all of the edges (all around). We cut off this excess at the finishing part of printing.
  • Trim is the final size of your printed piece once the bleed has been removed. The table below gives the dimensions of standard page sizes. 

Setting Up Your Artwork

Checklist for sending files

IMPORTANT: If your files do not comply to these specifications we can not guarantee that your job will be printed correctly or on time. 

3mm of bleed is required for all jobs with a background colour, texture or image. If your artwork is not supplied with bleed, we may ask you to resupply it or will charge you for the time it takes us to correct it.

All digital flies must be flattened, i.e. all layers and vector graphics converted to outlines.

1. File format

  • PDF is the only preferred file format. 
  • Multiples files should be supplied as a single PDF file only.

2. Sending your file

  • If your file is under 10MB then you can email it to us at: sales@fastprintservices.com.au
  • If it’s larger than 10MB, please send via Dropbox, MailBigFile or WeTransfer.

3. File naming convention

  • File names must contain specific information about the job and be set to the following formula: JobName_Size_Quantity_Side e.g. FPS_A6x5000_front.pdf

4. Artwork resolution (dpi)

  • Colour raster images should be no less than 300dpi.
  • Greyscale raster images should be no less than 800dpi, monochromatic bitmaps should be 1200dpi.
  • All images must be embedded in the PDF files and OPI must be inactive.

5. Colour mode

  • All colour models should be converted to CMYK mode. If documents are to be printed in CMYK (Process) all colours, which includes RGB and Pantones (Spot) must be converted to CMYK before making PDF files.
  • Files supplied as RGB may not be detected and will print not print as vividely. We cannot take any responsibility for any unexpected final product in the event of files being supplied incorrectly as RGB.

6. Bleed

  • 3mm external bleed.
  • Text margin should be 3mm inside from the trim mark.
  • All supplied documents must be built to trim.

7. Line thickness

  • Minimum line thickness: 0.25pt.
  • Anything less than a hairline will not hold on the press.

8. Trim/crop marks

  • All artwork must have crop marks for cutting guidance.

9. Fonts

  • All fonts must be embedded, outlined or converted to curves.
  • For CMYK colour fonts, the type must be no less than 8pt.

10. Layers

  • All layers MUST be flattened.

11. Die-cut lines

  • All die-cuts lines must be in vector images, NOT raster images.
  • Die-cut lines must be provided in the exact positions as a separate document.

12. Transparency & overprints

  • All layers MUST be flattened.
  • If a transparency or overprint are to be used in the document it must be flattened and preserved within the documents.

13. Spot colours

  • All Spot Colour jobs must be provided in a spot separation or map to a 100% of a solid separation colour.

14. Black

  • All 100% black background jobs must be converted to rich black using the following breakdown: C=40% M=0% Y=0% K=100%.
  • All black text to be left as 100% black unless it is more than 50pt.
  • For rich black in digital printing, please leave it at 100% black.

Creating PDF files

Illustrator: To create a PDF, you can either “Save as” a PDF from illustrator or “Print to” a PDF file. To Save as: Use the Press Quality preset. Under the Marks and Bleeds tab, check Trim marks. Also in this tab, in the Bleeds section, put 3mm for each of the values. To Print to a PDF: Select Adobe PDF as the printer. Under the Marks and Bleeds tab, check Trim marks. Also in this tab, in the Bleeds section, put 3mm for each of the values.

InDesign: To create a PDF, you need to use the File > Export option. Always use the 'Press Quality' preset. Under the 'Marks and Bleeds' tab, check 'Trim marks'. Also in this tab, in the 'Bleed' section, put 3mm for each of the values.

Photoshop: Set up your document size to include bleed. E.g. if your final printed piece is to be A7 (74 x 105mm) make your Photoshop document 80 x 111 mm. To create your PDF: Select File > Print then select Adobe PDF as the printer. Click the 'Page Setup' button, in the Adobe PDF Settings tab, select 'Press Quality' in the Default Settings dropdown. In the Adobe PDF 'Page Size' section, you will need to add a custom paper size 10mm larger than your Photoshop document, click 'Add/Modify' and select the new page size you created, click 'OK'. In the 'Position' section, ensure that the 'Center Image' option is checked. The 'Scaled Print Size' option should be 100%. In the 'Output' tab check the corners for 'Crop Marks'. Click 'Bleed' and enter 3mm as the value. Click 'Print' and your PDF will be created.


Standard A paper sizes

 

TRIMMED SIZE

TRIMMED SIZE + 3MM OF BLEED

LIVE AREA

 

TRIMMED SIZE

TRIMMED SIZE + 3MM OF BLEED

LIVE AREA

VIP Size

90 x 54

96 x 60

84 x 49

A3+ Size

314 x 444

320 x 450

308 x 438

A7 Size

74 x 105

80 x 11

68 x 99

A2 Size

420 x 594

426 x 600

414 x 588

A6 Size

105 x 148

111 x 154

99 x 142

A1 Size

594 x 480

600 x 846

588 x 836

A5 Size

148 x 210

154 x 216

142 x 204

A0 Size

840 x 1189

846 x 1195

834 x 1183

DL Size

210 x 99

216 x 105

204 x 93

DIGITAL POLE POSTERS Size

320 x 910

326 x 916

314 x 904

CD Size

148 x 148

154 x 154

142 x 142

Offset pole posters Size

345 x 1000

351 x 1006

339 x 994

A4 Size

210 x 297

216 x 303

204 x 291

One sheet posters Size

700 x 1000

706 x 1006

694 x 994

A3 Size

297 x 420

303 x426

291 x 414

Two sheet posters Size

1000 x 1400

1006 x 1406

994 x 1396

https://www.papersizes.org/a-paper-sizes.htm


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