PDF’s is the prefered way of submitting your files, if you are using an
Adobe product to produce the PDF, use the PDF/X-1a: 2001 preset.
To export to PDF in Quark select: "File > Export > Layout as PDF"
or in InDesign, select: "File > Export
If your print product will have image and/or solid colour printed right to the very edge of a page, you MUST create your PDF with Bleed. Bleed is extra colour or image printed around the image that will be trimmed off before the finished product is packed. 3mm of bleed all the way around a document is usually sufficient.
If you are unsure about bleed in your file, please don't hesitate to contact the Pre-press department for advice.
Please ensure that all spot and process colours are specified correctly
before supplying a PDF.
Using PDF’s for approval is only suitable for minor amendments and does
not represent colour balance or separations accurately. We always advise
having additional proofs where deadlines permit.
We are able to output files from the following Mac/Windows
QuarkXpress up to v8
Adobe InDesign CS4
Adobe Photoshop CS4
Adobe Illustrator CS4
Adobe Acrobat Pro
We also support the above applications in PC
format, though please convert text to curves or paths wherever possible
to avoid font problems. If using other applications please contact us for advice
before supplying files.
Where possible, all files must be supplied with up to date laserproofs (mark up spot
colours or supply colour separated lasers).
If you are supplying native files please include all support images and
fonts required for each job (select "File > Collect for Output" when using Quark or "File > Package" in InDesign).
Files may be sent electronically via email, file hosting services such as yousendit.com or ask your Print Applied Technology representitive for
details regarding FTP account access.
Document Set Up
Generally documents including folders/tabs should be set to the files
trim size dimensions (eg: A4 - 210 x 297) with a minimum of 3mm bleed
around all edges. Please do not draw your own crop marks in the middle
of a larger document, if putting in fold marks ensure that they are at
least 2.5mm away from the trim edge.
Please do not attempt any planning or imposition/printers pairs of any
kind, this will all be done at pre-press stage.
Multiple page documents should be supplied as single pages beginning
with page 1 as the front cover.
Artwork die-shapes and spot varnishes should be supplied as seperate spot colour
set to overprint, preferably on its own layer.
Ensure that you change the colour space on placed colour photo images
as CMYK. Embedded colour management is ignored.
Never use RGB, HSL, Trumatch, Toyo, Lab or any other non-standard
colour models, unless specified otherwise, as this can produce
Use only Pantone and CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black) colours.
Please ensure that any spot colours destined for CMYK are turned to process and
that all spot colours are left as spots.
If a colour laser proof has been provided, be aware that colours may vary
widely from the actual proofed and printed colours. All spot colours are for representation only on Digital proofs as they are
converted to the nearest possible CMYK match.
All whites should be set to knockout, not overprint.
All colour and grayscale images should be at a minimum of 270dpi at 100% size. Mono and bitmap scans need to be a minimum of 600dpi.
Save all duotones as DCS 2.0 Photoshop files and ensure that the spot
colour names used match those in the final document.
Clipping paths should be saved with a maximum flatness of "1".
For images with transparency (alpha channels) are best saved as .TIFF files.
Any layers, masks or channels not required should be deleted.
Scanning can be arranged from originals, however,
please give us advance notice when possible.
If you have any concerns regarding the artwork you are preparing, please
do not hesitate to contact our prepress staff:
Freecall: 1800 030 940 and ask reception to put you through to the