Print & Finish Definitions

Dry ink / toner based printing. Ideally suited for shorter print runs.

Wet ink based, traditional printing. Principally used for print runs of 500+.

Non laminated, has the paper or board as a finish (avaliable in our value run).

Premium gloss laminate finish on one side (in our value run), adding extra durability and colour vibrancy.
Ideal uses... loyalty and appointment cards

Premium matt laminate on one or two sides (in our 420gsm business card range), giving a velvety smooth finish.
Ideal uses... business cards and rackcards

U.V. (Ultra Violet) gloss coating for extra colour vibrancy. Great for larger runs in our special series. Prevents print from scuffing.

Glossy sheen both sides on paper. Has a coated finish both sides.
Ideal uses... Brochures and Pamphlets

Has a slight sheen to the paper,.
Ideal uses... Brochures and Pamphlets

This is a matt finish (usually like copy paper). It will normally be uncoated & therefore colours will soak more into the stock, giving a flatter finish
Ideal uses... Letterheads and Flyers, mass marketing flyers

A thin layer of coloured foil is stamped onto a business card (or printed media) in almost any shape.
Ideal uses... logos, special texts and borders

This is an ink, which is printed under the full colour print in our value range cards or printed on its own. It has a metallic sheen to it.
Ideal uses... logos and text

A process in which an image is stamped onto the likes of a business card, making the surface raised from the rest of the card
Ideal uses... logos and text

A process in which a blade cuts out a shape out of card stock like a circle opposed to being trimmed by a guillotine.
Ideal uses... business cards and rackcards
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Print Terminology

4/0 : Full colour front only
4/1 : Full colour front with a black reverse
4/4 : Full colour both sides
5/1 : Full colour with spot (or metallic) silver (PMS 877C) front and black reverse
5/5 : Full colour and spot silver (or metallic) silver (PMS 877C) both sides

Standard refers to business cards that are 90x55mm, 90x50mm or 86x55mm (finished trimmed sized)

Slimline refers to anything other than our standard business cards sizing but larger than 30x30mm (no larger than 90x55mm)

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Standard Page Sizes

A6 148 x 105mm
DLE 210 x 99mm
A5 148.5 x 210mm
A4 210 x 297mm
A3 297 x 420mm
SRA3 320 x 450mm
Sizes are finished page sizes, so remember to add a minimum of 3mm bleed.

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Standard Job Sizes

86x55mm (with bleed 92x61mm) or 90x55mm (with bleed 96x61mm)

175x55mm (landscape) or 113x86mm (portrait) (with bleed 181x61mm or 119x92mm)

171x86mm or 150x100mm (with bleed 177x92mm or 156x106mm) or A6 size

100x210mm (with bleed 106x216mm) Other sizes available on request.

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Design Tips

Text Safe Area:
Our standard text safe area is 3mm smaller on each edge than the finished size of the card. Inside this area is safe for all information to be as well as graphics. If there is any text or graphics outside this area then there is a chance that it will get cut off when the card is trimmed.

Bleed is added to give continuous colour and/or image right to the edge of a job. Without bleed a white edge may appear when the job is trimmed to final size. Please allow a minimum of 3mm bleed on all edges on all jobs.

Here are a few tips to follow to help make your life (and ours) easier...
  • All colours to be CMYK, no Pantone Colours or RGB / HSV / INDEX COLOUR files. Note: Pantone colours may be required for spot colour offset jobs. (spot silver jobs include panton 877c)
  • Check your specified colours against the CMYK Colour chart. Screen colours generally don’t match or give a true reflection of what will print.
  • Convert all fonts to paths or curves if possible - or supply all fonts used
  • All pictures need to be 300dpi at actual size for maximum quality, any bigger it’s a waste of space, any smaller the quality drops!
Text & Graphic Formats
  • Text: ASCII, MicroSoft Word, RTF, Plain Text or similar is preferable
  • Graphics: For scanned Photos & Logos (Bitmap Graphics)
  • Photos: 300dpi at 100% full size saved as TIFF, EPS or JPEG (high quality setting)
  • Logos: 600dpi at 100% full size saved as TIFF or EPS (high quality setting)
NOTE: Images off Web Pages are NOT generally acceptable quality. Either check them in the appropriate software, or let us have a look if you’re unsure.

All jobs and/or logos are to be supplied with a Colour (preferable) or Black & White print out if possible for our reference.

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Software Formats

We work with PDF's.
Click the following link to download some of the templates available for setting your artwork up on so you can correctly supply a pdf and save time and money!

Files like .tif, .eps, .ai, .indd... etc....

INDESIGN - great to use as a preflight program before exporting to PDF.

PHOTOSHOP - CMYK is good... RGB is bad. Leaving layers unflattened lets us alter your file, but font issues can occur.

ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR - Can be imported into the adobe suite.

If you are working in QUARK or PAGEMAKER please export the file as an eps or ai, so we can put it into freehand... and supply a colour proof just in case. We can also open these files if required and make conversions.

If you are working in a SIGNWRITING PROGRAM then the same applies, export as an eps or an ai file (even a tiff, but make sure it is CMYK and check the colour values, RGB files will only cause headaches).

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Art files supplied:

Please check for viruses before supplying files.
  • USB drives
  • Compact Disks; PhotoCD or writable CDs (CD-R, CD-RW or DVD-R) in Mac or Windows format
* Alternatively your files can be sent via email. Please consider download time with large file sizes - using Stuffit or ZIPing the files may be an option or for larger files you can send them via (this is a free website application).

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