Some guidelines to ensure success when you are supplying print ready artwork to us.
We can accept material from you in many different formats; from hard copy to digital files. We can accept both PC and Mac generated artwork.
Preferred digital applications:
Print ready artwork should be supplied as a high resolution PDF with crops and 3mm bleed.
We can accept files created in various programs including standard office software such as Microsoft Word, Publisher, Excel and PowerPoint (files supplied from these programs might not always be suitable for direct lithographic CMYK printing and may require additional studio time to prepare, which will incur an extra charge). We can advise you on the best way to set your documents for print, or our in-house design team can prepare the design work for you.
Bleed (for Trimming)
If your artwork needs to be printed to the very edge of the finished size document, any images, colour etc. needs to “bleed” off the edge of the paper by 3mm please – this bleed will be printed but then cut off.
When supplying images, ensure that they are scanned at 300 dpi and are at 100% otherwise quality will be compromised. If images have been downloaded from the Internet, the normal screen resolution is just 72 dpi and therefore, they will not reproduce a high quality result when printed.
All documents need to be set to either CMYK or a specific Pantone spot colour. RGB is not an acceptable printing format for lithographic printing. Full colour artwork should contain CMYK colour only, RGB files should be converted to CMYK. All colour proofs will be converted to CMYK and may affect appearance of any artwork supplied to us in RGB format.
Pantone colours made up of CMYK, should be checked on a correct Pantone colour chart before printing, due to certain colours being unachievable in the CMYK process.
Colour proofing of Litho work – digital proofs are provided as a guide only and are not 100% accurate in terms of the final colours produced on the press. Please refer to the pantone colour swatch for variation when printing on matt or coated stock.
All fonts used should be embedded (High Quality/ X-1a PDF’s with fonts embedded ticked, should ensure this) or converted to outlines (EPS, Illustrator). If fonts are supplied, please ensure that all are included and that any redundant fonts are removed. Please include both the postscript (printer) and screen fonts.
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.
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.
Files should be supplied uncompressed. Stuffit may be used to compress files if necessary. CDs and discs will not be returned unless specifically requested at the time of order. We try to hold any supplied artwork in case of re-printing but this cannot be guaranteed.
All artwork must be supplied with a colour run-out. Creeds cannot accept responsibility for any printing errors if no proof is supplied.
Ownership of Artwork supplied by Customers
Creeds cannot be held responsible for any artwork copyright infringements on artwork supplied by customers. The customer must have permission to use all images, text and logos that are supplied to Creeds. When signing off a job, prior to printing, the customer acknowledges that copyright responsibility is held with themselves, and not Creeds.
Before printing, all proofs need to be signed off and returned along with any colour matching proofs. For more information, please contact us.