When uploading your logo/crest you have up to 1gb file on our systems. If you need more than 1gb then please upload and send your logo via our large file sending system – Click Here.
Please try to supply your logo/crest in one of the following formats:
- .EPS – the best option for print
- .AI – best option for print
- .PDF – needs to be a large/high-quality PDF version
- .PNG – needs to be a large/high-quality PNG version
- .JPEG – needs to be a large/high-quality JPEG version
We cannot use logos/crests supplied in a word document or other desktop publishing file. We need a graphic file to be able to print at the required size and resolution. A vector is the best option as this can be scaled to any size without losing quality. If you do not have a vector then please upload a high-quality alternative.
What if you don’t have the right file, can you still order?
Yes, there are a few options available. We offer a vectorisation service if you do not have a logo/crest in a high enough quality, prices start from just £5.00 depending on the complexity of your logo/crest.
OR we can just add your school name instead of your logo to make it personal.
We prefer all artwork to be supplied as high-resolution PDF format with fonts embedded.
PDF’s are rapidly becoming the standard file format for transmitting files for printing, but it is important to prepare your PDF file in the correct way.
- Correct Preparation of PDF Files
When creating a PDF in Acrobat Distiller, there are job options which must be set for commercial printing. These include default resolution, compression settings and font embedding. Where possible ensure a 300dpi PDFx1a ‘print’ or ‘press ready’ PDF is outputted. Please include a 3mm bleed, crop marks and supply as single pages.
Please ensure you choose high resolution. Compression settings for colour and greyscale should be downsampled to 300dpi with “auto compression” set on high. Bitmapped (monochrome: i.e. line art) images should be set at 600dpi. Font embedding should be set to “embed all fonts.
One of the most important elements in artwork for printing! Please ensure there is 3mm bleed all round the PDF, i.e. save the PDF with 6mm added to each measurement (i.e. for A4 usually 210mm x 297mm, save as 216mm x 303mm). Crop marks may be included if you wish. If your artwork is supplied without bleed we may not always be able to add it on for you and you may have to amend and re-supply the artwork.
- CMYK not RGB Please!
Please ensure that all embedded images are CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black) files. RGB images may look good on your screen but final output to print is always in CMYK. One should be aware that files converted from RGB to CMYK may alter the colour composition significantly!
- Microsoft Office Files
If you are creating a PDF from an MS Publisher or Word file, care must be taken to ensure spot colours are created correctly in your original documents. Do not set to RGB (Red, Green, Blue) colours as they cannot be printed as such.
- Supplying EPS Files
Any other file formats not listed above must be saved as an eps or jpeg. If there are any changes to the job, you may have to amend and re-submit the artwork as we may be unable to change it. Ensure your files have bleed and crop marks and please confirm the final size of the artwork and supply a hard copy for reference.
- Bleed and Crop Marks
All artwork must have 3mm bleed if you require the image to bleed off the edge of the paper. Crop marks should be included if the artwork does not fill a whole page area (i.e. no bleed). They should be 5mm long, 3mm outside of the page area and coloured in the colour ‘registration’ to ensure they appear on each colour separation. Please ensure that artwork is supplied at the correct finished size required. If this is not possible, please inform us to allow time for amending the artwork.
- Artwork Amendments or Re-submission
Our prices include “pre-flight checking” your artwork and submitting a PDF proof for your approval. We will correct any easy to rectify issues that we spot as part of this process – free of charge.
If we need to amend your artwork or you need to re-submit corrected files to us there may be an additional charge which includes the cost of an additional PDF proof. More extensive amending or correcting is charged dependent upon the amount of time required to rectify.
Please do not supply imposed pages or “printers pairs” because our workflow includes imposition software to impose correctly for our printing processes.
Include all fonts you have used in the file. Whilst we have an extensive font collection, there is no guarantee the version you have used matches ours. This can create problems with line lengths and spacing of the type. We assume that all the fonts supplied are licensed and takes no responsibility for embedded fonts.
Screen tints may range from 99% down to 1%. From a practical printing viewpoint, anything above 90% or less than 5% will generally not be visible to the naked eye.
Press ready PDF – with fonts embedded, for best results high-resolution 300dpi.
Illustrator – fonts converted to outlines and supplied as AI or EPS files. Or output ‘Press Ready’ PDF from Illustrator.
Photoshop – layers flattened, at least 300 dpi, JPEG, PDF or Tiff. Remember to include 3mm bleed. PSD files can be supplied – please advise if your artwork contains layers.
InDesign – fonts converted to outlines. Save as a ‘Package’ and zip the fonts, images and InDesign file in one file. Or output ‘Press Ready’ PDF from InDesign.
Artwork in Different Formats – If you wish to submit artwork created using a program not listed above we will try to accommodate you, but please email us to discuss first firstname.lastname@example.org
No, unfortunately, we cannot print from a word document.
We can, however, take the design you have done and recreate this in the correct print-ready format. We would need you to supply us with high-quality images/logos you have used in the design.