Artwork Requirements

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LAYOUT ARTWORK

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  • Photos, pictures and images 250dpi
  • Images in greyscale 250dpi
  • Line art 200dpi
  • Ad posters 200dpi

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  • Convert font into paths / curves or embed it completely. This is especially important for fonts that are problematic to print, such as “Kalinga”, since this may lead to errors in print images.
  • Make sure you set the correct font size for your product (at least 6 pt!)
  • Make sure there is sufficient contrast between the background and font colour

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  • Ensure that there is a surrounding bleed of 2 mm.
  • Position contents (text/images) min. 3 mm from the edge of the end format. When ordering desk or wall calendars and brochures with spiral binding, please position contents min. 15 mm from the side on which the calendar will be bound.
  •  Position background graphics and images which are supposed to reach the edge of the page within the cropping area.
  • Keep shingling in mind when placing images and texts in brochures!.
  • When choosing brochures with perfect binding, position contents (texts and important design elements) at least 10mm away from the spine and do not use images that override pages.

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  • CMYK colour mode
  • Greyscale
  •  We recommend setting up grey areas in graduations of black only in order achieve a satisfying printing result. Creating grey areas using the 4 process colours CMYK it could lead to colour variations.
  • Spot colours (HKS/Pantone): Please ensure that the colour names are entered correctly. To prevent a stained surface of your product you have to create the spot colour area as ‘leaving blank’ and not as ‘overprinting’ if another process colour (CMYK) is placed above the spot colour.
  •  If you have not selected a superior artwork check, documents in RGB mode will be automatically converted to CMYK mode. We do not accept any liability for any resulting colour deviations.
  • Please do not use mixed colours (4c) for black texts, but use 100% black regarding the K-channel for black fonts.
  • We do not need pre-separated files.

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  • Always apply artwork in the original size!
  •  Orders without Superior Artwork Check with too big or too small artwork will be scaled automatically to the ordered size (without bleed). This can cause a negative effect on the resolution and the quality of your artwork. Please note that the scaling does not include the bleeding

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  • Do not use hairlines (at least 0.22 pt)!
  •  Lines which are too thin will automatically be increased to a printable size, which will make lines set at 0 pt visible.
  • Do not use frames as layout limits, as these can be partially truncated by machine tolerances.

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SAVE ARTWORK

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  • Use closed formats: PDF, JPG, TIFF, EPS, PS (PostScript).
  • PDF/ X-standard (PDF/ X3-standard or PDF/ X1a-standard).
  •  As a basic principle, keep compatibility 1.3. (i.e. use of PDF-Version 1.3; Acrobat 4.0 compatible) in mind.
  •  In the case of PDFs which are created in CorelDRAW, there may be an inaccurate representation of colours. Please therefore only use CorelDRAW to create JPEG files

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TRANSFER ARTWORK

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  • File upload: directly after the order process using the upload centre or in the “Order Overview” section of the customer area
  • By email to artwork@printex.co.za as an attachment (please provide the order number in the subject line). Please note that this e-mail-address is only used for data transmission, any information concerning your order will not be taken into consideration. Should you have any further hints or additional information please contact our customer service on 011 740 4737 or by e-mail to info@printex.co.za

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  • Our “Standard Artwork Check” is always included and the following will be checked:
    • That your artwork is provided in a closed and correct file format (PDF or JPG)
    • That your artwork is provided in the correct size
    • That the number of pages is correct
    • That all fonts are embedded
    •  We will scale your artwork automatically to the desired size (without bleeding) if the provided size is incorrect.(only if possible/proportional) Please note that adjustments to the size, especially when scaling up the artwork (e.g. A6 to A4) can cause a decrease in the resolution and furthermore no bleeding will be added.
    • Your artwork will be converted automatically into CMYK if it was created in RGB colour mode or with spot colours
    •  Please note that the conversion can cause colour differences.

    Our customer service will contact you immediately by email if your artwork present any of the first four problems mentioned above. Please note that conversions of size and colour mode will be processed automatically and there will be no communication to you regarding this. Furthermore, we will not check if the side sequence of your artwork is correct.

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