'Print Ready' Guidance

To assist us in providing the highest quality service and fast turnaround times, a new 'Print Ready' requirement for all print jobs has been provided.

This guidance creates a standardised format to allow the processing of jobs faster and with fewer formatting and font errors.

  1. All files must be PDF format only. Please note that Microsoft Office files (Word / Excel / Powerpoint / Publisher) often result in formatting errors and missing fonts. For guidance on how to save to PDF, pop in to see us, or you can ask at the the IT Helpdesk (located in the Learning Centre).
  2. All files should be set to the correct size and resolution (150dpi-300dpi is most suitable for print) that you require.
    2a. For high volume print (e.g. leaflets, glossy booklets, business cards) a 3mm bleed should be added to the artwork. Incorrect, or no bleed, often results in the final product having uneven white borders.
    For more information on how to add bleed see http://blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/tutorials/designing-for-print-setting-up-crops-and-bleed
  3. If you are not sure what you require, check with your tutor/colleague before bringing the job in.
  4. For files provided on a USB stick please save your files in a folder titled, 'Print Studio' to save time. If not, we would need you to provide the exact folder name and location.
  5. You can email us your files, but you will still need to pop in to see us to discuss what your requirements are, and to confirm that your files are ready for print, before we can begin processing your work.
  6. If any amendments are required (including resizing, adding bleed, fixing cut paths, etc), this may incur an additional charge of £10 for each 15 minutes work to ensure your files are print ready.