Most preferable are print-ready PDFs. Microsoft Word, Corel Draw and Publisher files can be tricky. Before sending your file to us, please save it as a PDF. This alleviates any confusion.
If files are under 10MB in size, please send via email to email@example.com. If the file size is larger than 10MB, please drop us a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will forward you a link to our FTP server, or sharing platforms such as Dropbox or WeTransfer. Alternatively, click on the Dropbox logo in the footer of our website.
The higher the resolution, the better the output will be. The following is a guide to resolution required:
RGB refers to red, green and blue light that make up the screen display on our computer monitors. CMYK refers to ink colours in the printers (cyan, magenta, yellow and black). Printing is always done in CMYK colour and spot colours.
Please ensure your artwork is saved as CMYK colour, or spot colours as follows:
Bleed is the area on a page that is to be trimmed. If you need a design to essentially ‘run off’ the page, you’ll need to apply bleed around your design to ensure you get the desired effect.
Litho printing dates back to 1796! It was invented by German author and actor, Alois Senefelder, as a cheap method of publishing theatrical works. Today, the same sentiment exists. Litho is a very cost effective method of printing large volumes using custom plates for each page.
Our minimum run for any litho job is 500 sheets, but chat to us. You might succeed in twisting our rubber arm! It all depends on your job specs and our production schedule.
On litho, the maximum print size is 360 x 520mm. On our large format printer, we can print up to a width of 1 300mm with unlimited length.
On litho, maximum weight is 350gm. We can print on 400gm material, but maximum print size for this grammage is 320 x 225mm. On digital, 300gm is the maximum grammage we can print on. However, on our large-format machine, we can print up to 960gm.
We carry the following print media at all times:
Large format media (on roll):
For special printing, we can source any other media. Please chat to us.
What we see on our computer screens is often not at all what a printed equivalent might look like, so it’s imperative to sign off on the tangible proof. There are many different factors and components to printing that might change the final outcome from what it looks like on screen. We will often ask you to sign off on proofs electronically, if all that is required is proof reading, spelling, positioning, etc. However, before we go into production, we will ask you to come in and sign off on a proof/sample to make extra sure everything is perfect!
This is not possible as the machine has been set up for the particular job. Unfortunately we cannot halt production for an indeterminate time for a proof to be approved. A high-resolution Sherpa proof can be arranged, but at an additional cost.
Before we burn to plate, you will receive a proof of the positive to check for the following:
We prefer to print on our paper, which is supplied by reputable suppliers and vetted for our equipment. In exceptional circumstances we may consider printing on special paper supplied by you, but please pop in to discuss this before paper is acquired.
NCR stands for Non-Carbon Reproducing paper. It refers to a 60gm paper used for carbon books such as invoice books, delivery note books, receipt books, etc. Typically, we print these books lithographically with duplicate or triplicate copies. We can print in any size, for example A4, A5, A6 or custom size.
Die-cutting is the process of cutting specific shapes or forms out of ordinary sheets of paper so you can make custom products such as door hangers, key card wallets, licence disc stickers, etc. We make up a die, which is essentially a block of wood specifically designed in the shape of the end product. Much like a cookie cutter is used to cut shapes out of dough!
While this sounds awfully romantic, it’s similar to the die-cutting process (see above). But instead of cutting straight through, it simply ‘kisses’ and does not pierce the label’s backing material. It’s ideal for stickers, which remain on the sheet and can be peeled off the backing material when required.
Our team can! We’d love to help you make your creative vision visible.