Getting your work ready for Print

Getting your work ready for Print

There are a few simple ways to help us provide exactly what you're looking for.

Save as PDF

Saving your files in PDF format ensures that we can actually open them and it should prevent anything from moving around.

When we print Office documents, for example, text or images often move around and print on the wrong page. If you're printing a colour dissertation this is likely to have a knock-on effect and can quickly get costly.

Pretty much any software will export to PDF format nowadays. If you're having trouble pop in to see us or alternatively see the I.T. helpdesk for support.


Remember what you've saved

We're going to need to know the names of the files that you want to print so make a note of them before coming to see us. It may sound obvious but often work is located inside multiple folders. We'd advise saving everything you require into a folder named 'Print Studio' to make it easy when you visit.

Please note we'll need to keep your USB stick until we've printed your work.

Due to the number of different cloud based file sharing services, and all of them requiring separate accounts, we can't accept files through Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.

​Check with your Tutor

With so many courses and deadlines it's unlikely that we'll know exactly what you need to create.

If you're not sure what size you need to produce, or the type of binding required, please check with your tutor before submitting to us.



Allow yourself some time

The University is pretty big so our two Print Studio's have a lot to cope with. We know that you have deadlines and sometimes things are tight. We'll try and get things done as fast as possible for you but please be aware that our workload can change week-to-week. We'd advise always allowing a few days for things like posters, and the best bet is to pop in and have a chat about your deadline in advance.

We also promote the self-service printers when it comes to A4 and A3 printing to give us more time to produce the specialist stuff like posters and book binding. Although it'd be convenient if we could do all your small jobs, we think you'll thank us when you need something quickly that only we can produce!



Be aware of colour

In an ideal world we'd print things that looked the same as they do on your display. In reality the the colours possible are different for printers and monitors, and even the paper is not as bright a white as a monitor before we start printing!

In you're interested in why this is then you can Google it for hours (trust us!). Essentially we're just going to say that when we print your poster we'll try really hard to get it right, but it'll look slightly different to the screen no matter what.

If whatever you are doing is colour critical then be sure to mention it before we start printing and our staff can help find the best option for you.