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Design Specifications

I want to save some money, can I design my own artwork?

Of course, our professional design fees are some of the best around (take a look at our print design page for further information), however, if you wish to design your own artwork and provide a print ready file then this is fine. Ideally you will need a professional design program such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign or Corel Draw, however, some other design programs may still be able to produce print ready files.

Download one of the free print templates that we provide and edit it in your chosen design program. Please ensure that you take the time to thoroughly read this page and our page on bleed as they are very important. If you require any help at all then do not hesitate to get in touch.

What are your required design specifications?

Below are the basic requirements that we need from your artwork along with some additional ones which are dependant on the software you are using.

Basic Requirements


Adobe Photoshop (or similar)


Adobe Illustrator/InDesign (or similar)


All artwork supplied is treated as print ready, although we will of course always do our best to point out any obvious errors such as problems with bleed, however the onus is on the customer to ensure the above specifications are met where applicable.

Black Ink

If you are using large areas of black in your artwork such as a solid black background, we recommend setting your black to C:30%, M:0%, Y:0%, K:100% instead of just K:100%. If you have black text in your artwork setting your black to K:100% only will give you the sharpest print.

Which file types do you accept?

Our preferred file type is a press ready PDF/X-1a, if you have the knowledge and software to save in this format then please do so, ideally adding crop marks. Alternatively, as long as the artwork meets our required design specifications set out above we can accept many other files, including PSD, TIFF, JPEG, AI, EPS files and artwork created in any of the professional design programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign.

Microsoft files; Word, Publisher etc

Artwork created in any of the Microsoft programs such as Word or Publisher will not be print ready files, this will be the same response from all commercial printers, however, it may still be possible to get your artwork print ready so get in touch.

Is there anything else I need to know?

As mentioned above, if you have the knowledge and software to save your artwork as a press ready PDF file then please do so, ideally adding crop marks. Please ensure that all file types are PC based.

I have no artwork, how much does design cost?

Take a look at our print design page for further information.




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