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General Artwork Requirements

Please note that we can’t guarantee proper print if any of the requirements is not met. Generally if you are a designer all standard printing industry rules apply. Main difference in Large Format Print is that image resolution can be lower than 300dpi. See below information for more details.

File Format: PDF or JPG

PDF at 100% scale or 50% or 25% (size and % need to be clearly specified in file name or order). Alternatively it can be EPS with jpg visual enclosed or very good quality JPG.

File size

Please keep your file at reasonable size. If the files size is biger than 100MB then in most cases it means that it is not optimised. Most of artworks can be optimise to a size that is possible to send over via e-mail. Our mailbox can receive attachments up to 30MB. There is always way to optimise a .pdf. Please check all settings in your software when saving your artwork. Particularly make sure that image dpi is downsampled to 150-200dpi and all images inside the file are saved as a JPG. For very large files we can give you an access to FTP account to upload your file on our server.

Image resolution: 150-300dpi

For large formats apply 150-200dpi to all images. For smaller artworks up to 1sqm area you can apply higher resolution.

All fonts must be converted to curves (outlines, paths)

Saving as .pdf or .eps with embedded fonts is not enough even if it looks OK. All fonts must be converted to outlines (curves, paths).

Colours: CMYK only , no RGB or spot colours

All graphic including vector graphic and images must be in CMYK colour mode.

Crop marks and bleeds

Generally all artworks need to be prepared and supplied with bleeds and trim marks in each corner indicating artwork size. Sometimes, for pvc banners for example, we can accept artwork with an outline only or even without outline as long there is colour background and we can see final size borders.

Roller banner template and guide

Please download our PDF guide and PDF Template at 100% scale to see how to prepare your artwork.

Cafe barrier templates

Please download our: Single sided 1.5m Cafe barrier template | Double sided 1.5m Cafe barrier template

Please download our: Single sided 1.8m Cafe barrier template | Double sided 1.8m Cafe barrier template

3x3 and 3x4 Pop up Display Template

Finished panel size for pop up displays: 673mm x 2240mm. Apply crop marks and 5-10mm bleed.
Please download our: 3x3 Pop up Display Template before splitting
Please download our: 3x4 Pop up Display Template before splitting
We require Pop up artwork to be split into panels and supplied in separate PDF files or separate pages of the same PDF document
so this is how should look Correctly prepared/finished Sample Artwork
Here you can download graphic wrap template if required. (1770x780mm)

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