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Artwork guidelines

Artwork for printing on sheet labels

When you buy printing for your labels, we assume you will provide us with print ready artwork. Send your artwork via the upload button on the purchase page or by email after you have ordered, quoting your order number.

Artwork Format and Resolution

.PDF Adobe - Portable Document Format minimum 300dpi at 100%
.JPG / JPEG Compressed Photographic Image format - CMYK minimum 300dpi at 100%
.EPS Encapsulated Postscript Format - CMYK minimum 300dpi at 100%
.AI Adobe Illustrator Format - CMYK minimum 300dpi at 100%
.TIF / TIFF Tagged Image File - CMYK minimum 300dpi at 100%
.IDD Database File  

What is resolution?
Resolution refers to the number of dots per inch (dpi), or pixels per inch(ppi), or the amount of detail in an image. Most documents prepared for upload should be 300 dpi at 100% of the final print size. Higher resolution means a more detailed image, and also larger file and longer upload time.

Colours on your computer screen are made of red, green and blue light (RGB) and are far more 'radiant' than printed colours which are composed from cyan magenta, yellow, and black inks (CMYK). Please supply images in CMYK and not RGB. It's important to remember that we cannot print to a higher standard than the artwork you provide.

If your artwork is in one colour and it is an important colour, then please advise us of the Pantone colour reference or CMYK reference.

Assuming there is more than one label on a sheet, your artwork can be set out as one label or as the whole page (maybe with many labels).


Artwork Bleed marginsThe very edges of the document are called the bleed area. To prevent an unwanted white border from showing at the edge of your labels, be sure to extend any background colours or design elements all the way beyond the trimmed edge (marked in red on the diagram) 1.5mm to the edge marked with a grey border on diagram.

Safe Margin
Ensure that any images or text are at least 1.5mm from the edge of the label.

Text and Fonts
Please advise if your artwork includes a specific font.

Important Note:

For digital printing we are unable to print within 7mm of the edge of the A4 Sheet. This restriction will only affect some labels as on some sheets the labels are not posttioned this close to the edge.

If you choice of label is positioned close to the edge, then your artwork should not have any printable areas that will be affected. Please contact us if unsure.

Final Proof
if your artwork is suitable, we will email you a final proof for you to approve before we send your job to the press.

If your artwork is unsuitable then you will receive one of the following messsages
The artwork is of poor quality. We are happy to take your instructions to proceed, but we would recommend you improve your artwork first.
Some adjustments are needed to make your artwork fit. If this is something we can do in house, we will advise of the cost or invite you to re-send the artwork once you have fixed the problem.
The artwork unsuitable for printing or we cannot read the fiie format. Please re-send and contact us to be put in touch with a studio.
If any of the above are suggested, you can choose to cancel at this time and receive a full refund.