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Supplying Artwork

As designers, we care about your artwork being printed without any mistakes. That’s why we’ve compiled below a selection of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to supplying artwork.

Q: Can my files be supplied in CMYK or RGB?

Graphic Design in Glasgow – CMYK

A: Files for print must be provided in CMYK.

RGB is only useful for electronic screens, printing uses a different colour spectrum. Make sure you change your colours to CMYK so that you can rely on the quality of the product coming back to you.

It is vital that if you are doing your own design you start it in CMYK rather than converting it later on. The conversion process can affect certain colours dramatically. If you are at all unsure about how to do this, please get in touch and we will be happy to help you.

Q: What image resolution provides good print quality?

Graphic Design in Glasgow – 300 dpi

A: Images must be no lower than 300 dpi to print well.

If you use a lower resolution the images will pixelate and give a very poor final product.

If you are taking images from the internet you need to be aware that images on websites are generally 72dpi; they are set lower to allow them to load quickly on your screen. These are not suitable for print.

It should also be noted that you cannot simply open an image and change it from 72dpi to 300dpi. There is no way to magically increase the resolution of your file.

Q: Do I need to put bleed on my supplied artwork?

Graphic Design in Glasgow – CMYK

A: Yes. Any artwork supplied to us must have a 5mm bleed.

If you supply artwork with no bleed we may need to amend your file which, in most cases, will incur charges.

Q: If my job has multiple pages, how should I supply it?


A: Artwork supplied for multi-page products, such as folded brochures, booklets, folders and any other item with more than 1 page, should be provided as a pdf with single pages.

These pages should all include the appropriate bleed. Do not supply “spreads” ie pages made up of the file as it appears when opening the document.

Q: What are the types of files I can provide?

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A: PDF documents are used for printing. So if you’re able to provide a print-ready PDF file, this is ideal.

When supplying files from certain programs such as photoshop we require the original images as well as the file. TIFFs are ideal or EPS images, but JPEGs are also good, as long as the resolution is set to maximum.

Q: How do I create a print-ready PDF file?


A: All design programs have a save as facility for PDF.

If you are unsure how to save this format just give us a call and we can advise you.

Q: Can I see a colour proof before the job goes to print?

Graphic Design in Glasgow – Colour Proof

A: Colour proofs can be created for digital print but are harder for litho due to the setup process. If you need a colour proof for a larger run and need the assurance we can arrange that at additional cost. It should be noted, however, that these are not 100% accurate for colour and so can be misleading.

Q: Which software is compatible with your system?

A: The listed software is perfectly compatible: InDesign, Quark, PageMaker, Photoshop, FreeHand, Illustrator, and Acrobat.

Like to find out more about how we set up our artwork? Call one of our experienced designers today.

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