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As designers, we care about other designers artwork being printed at the best quality that it can be.

Below are a selection of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to supplying artwork.

Q: Can 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 screen and printing uses a different colour spectrum. In order for you to get a result you can rely on coming back to you as expected please change your colours to CMYK.

It is vital that if you starting a design you start it in CMYK rather than converting it later on as the conversion can affect certain colours dramatically. If you are unsure how to do this or why it is important please contact us and we will be happy to help you.

Q: What resolution required is for 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 form the internet you need to be aware that images on websites are generally 72dpi, and are set lower to allow them to load quickly on 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 file.

Q Are bleeds required on 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 are 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 perfectly good as long as the resolution is kept to maximum.

Q: How can 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 please contact us and we can advise you.

Q: Can i get 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 own systems?

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

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